Reunions

Reunions

1st 1993     San Diego, CA.

2nd 1994     San Diego, CA.

3rd 1995       San Francisco, CA.

4th 1996        Washington, DC.

5th 1997        Orlando, Florida.

6th  1998        Paris Island, SC.

7th  1999        Branson Missouri.

1999          Philippines.

8th 2000           San Diego, CA.

9th 2001            Cromwell CT.

10th  August  22 -24 2002 Holiday Inn Hotel in Bettendorf, Iowa.

11th 2003            Port Angeles, WA.

October 17-27, 2003, Subic Bay/Olongapo, Philippines

12th  2004           Norfolk VA.

2004                      Subic Bay Philippines.

13th 2005             Branson, MO.

14th 2006,             San Diego, CA

15th August 2007 Oglebay Resort and Conference Center, Wheeling WVA

16th  August 24th 2008  Drawbridge Inn  Covington KY.

17th   August 27-30, 2009 Best Western Academy Hotel, Colorado Springs, CO

18th August 9- 14, 2010 Fredericksburg Hospitality House Hotel & Conference Center, Fredericksburg VA

19th August 18-21, 2011 Hilton Hotel, Lisle/Naperville, IL

20th September 10-16, 2012 Hampton Inn & Suites, Bremerton, WA

 

 

 

 

 

June 2010 Newsletter

June 2010 Newsletter

MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of the Subic Bay Marines is to perpetuate memories of our duty in the Philippines and to foster camaraderie among Subic Bay Marines at an annual reunion. The Subic Bay Marines will serve as a role model for all Marines, past, present and future.

We will honor our commitment to this mission until there is no longer a Subic Bay Marine standing.

SEMPER FI!

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT 
Looking forward to our 18th Annual Reunion in DC/Northern Virginia. The late Bill Brod and Dave Coe have put together what appears to be another Star-Studded Event. August is fast approaching and I hope a record number of SBM are now in the final stages of attending. There are more than 300 SBM living a short distance from DC. If you have never been to a reunion, now is the time to attend. What a great location to make this a lasting memory! We are eagerly looking forward to seeing some old faces as well as meeting some new ones.

Just a reminder – PLEASE do not wait until the last minute to make your reservations – MAKE THEM NOW!!! Two things to do: First plan to go to the reunion and second, send in your reservations early. Deadline is July 1.

Semper Fi
Bob White President


THE 18TH ANNUAL REUNION OF SUBIC BAY MARINES

The reunion will be held in the Washington D.C. / Northern Virginia area. Before we get into the nitty-gritty, PLEASE look above at our MISSION STATEMENT. It appears in all of our Newsletters. Please pay particular attention to only 2 things we should be interested in – to perpetuate memories and to foster camaraderie among Subic Bay Marines at an annual reunion. Read the Guest Book on our web site. A lot of memories are being perpetuated there. Now we come to the annual reunion in 2010. Please do a little thinking about fostering camaraderie. The reunion information below will tell you how you can participate, and we would certainly like to see you. Get hold of someone you served with and talk then into coming with you. It will be well worth your time.

This is the year we are scheduled to hold our reunion in the “east. The focus of this reunion will be on the recently opened National Museum of the Marine Corps in the Quantico area. The National Museum of the Marine Corps is organized and operated as a private nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Marine Corps History and tradition. It includes information about the Heritage Center museums, Marines, etc. There are people that have been here, spent two days, and said they didn’t have enough time to see it all. Please checkwww.usmcmuseum.org on your computer or visit your local library and use their computer. But, read further to find out what else will be available throughout the reunion.

Time – Monday, August 9, 2010 through Saturday, August 14, 2010.
Place – Fredericksburg Hospitality House Hotel and Conference Center, 2801 Plank Rd, Fredericksburg, VA. Just off I-95, 52miles+/- from D.C. Quantico is half way between Fredericksburg and D.C.
Room Rate – $78.00 per night + taxes (11%). Rate good for 3 days on either side. To assure the rate, please make your reservation by July 15, 2010.
Reservations – Call toll free 1-800-682-1049 or 1-540-786-8321 – Mention Subic Bay Marines. Amenities include pool, hot tub, fitness center, high speed internet and, of course, the hospitality suite.
Hotel amenities – 2 restaurants, all indoor corridors, in room entertainment system, free local calls, free parking, fitness center, outdoor pool, hi-speed internet, coffee maker, laundry room, iron, hair dryer, etc.
Reunion Package - $85.00 per person, includes everything from Monday thru Saturday.
Banquet only - For those only wishing to attend the Saturday night banquet, the cost will be $50.00 per person.

Tentative Itinerary for the 2010 Subic Bay Marines Reunion
Monday, August 9th: Check-in 12 noon. Welcome Dinner at 1800 hours.
Tuesday, August 10th: Bus trip to The National Museum of the Marine Corps – Lunch included 
Wednesday, August 11th:  On your own to tour Washington, D.C., Historic Fredericksburg, Civil War sites, etc. This area is loaded with historic sites.
Thursday, August 12th: Bus Trip to Quantico Marine Base with tour and lunch at mess hall.
Friday, August 13th: Lunch at the hotel and bus trip to Marine Barracks, 8th & I St, Washington, D.C. for the evening parade. (Believe I saw my first sunset parade in either 1949 or 1950. It remains something to see. Jim B.)       
Saturday, August 14th: Annual Business Meeting in the AM. Picture opportunity and happy hour at 1800 and Banquet in the evening 1900. If you have anything you would like to bring for our annual raffle, be sure to bring it. You will also be able to join in the bidding for our framed baloot, a delicacy all Subic Bay Marines should be familiar with. You will be able to take home with your butyou must bring it to the 2011 reunion.
Sunday, August 15th: Breakfast on your own. (See you there – don’t miss it.)

The late Bill Brod and Dave Coe have organized this reunion and the many details involved. This promises to be one of our most interesting reunions and hopefully, many Subic Bay Marines will want to join us for an exciting reunion. Bill Brod was the 1st Secretary of the Subic Bay Marines and was also our Reunion Coordinator. He also organized many of our reunions himself with Dave Coe. Unfortunately, Bill Brod, one of the founding members passed away March 1, 2010. Dave says everything is still moving along.

A special request.  Please bring one photo of yourself or of your buddies while in the Philippines. We will have a photo board for everyone to see. 

A special message from Colonel “Rufe” Bowers, XO and CO of the Marine Barracks, Subic Bay in 1980-1984. Many of you will recall the work of Col Bowers re the Barracks flag and the 14 streamers the Barracks is entitled to. Message follows: “I would like to encourage all Subic Bay and Sangley Point Marines to come to this reunion. The Marine Corps Heritage Museum is YOURS! Those who served are represented there, and you will say, ‘We did good!’ The museum tells our story as   WE made it.        Be proud Marines.             Be there!”

NEWS YOU CAN USE

Roster. The Secretary maintains the official roster of the Subic Bay Marines. The roster changes daily. For your info, the roster as of a few days before Christmas has 4,107 lines on it. Lines because we have Subic Bay Marines that have had multiple tours. In 1996, the official roster had 152 names. There are presently 360 Subic Bay Marines on the “TAPS” list; about 370 Subic Bay Marines on the “LOST” List; 1,511 Subic Bay Marines with an e-mail address (we can lose up to 10% at every mailing); which leaves us 1,800+-/ names with mailing addresses. Even though we have double tours, foreign addresses, etc., we have an enormous bill sending the newsletters out, but if you have moved and they forward the newsletter to your new address we get a very nice printed card that we pay $0.50 for, at least we have a current address for you. On the other hand, if you move with no forwarding address, etc., they send the original newsletter back to us sometimes 4-5 months after the newsletter was sent, for which they charge us $1.09 each. The bottom line is, (1) please provide us with an e-mail address if you have one, and (2) we can send the newsletters essentially at no cost; and, (3) if you move or whatever, we would appreciate it if you would let us know your new mailing address.

Subic Bay, Sangley Point, etc. The Barracks in Subic Bay was formed Dec 10, 1898 to Dec 26, 1941 and after WWII, was reformed Sept 14, 1945 to Nov 1992. The Barracks in Sangley Point formed May 2, 1898 to Dec 10, 1941 and after WWII, was reformed March 20, 1945 to Sept 12, 1971.
o matter when you arrived in the Philippines, there are probably many memories of your time there. Some of us have gone back, and there have been a lot of changes. 49+/- years in my case. If you have Internet access, and you want to have some fun, just Google – Google Earth. Some may already have this program saved to their personal computers. If not, Google Earth is a free download, and well worthwhile. They have satellite photos of the whole world. Latest pictures are from 2009 by satellite. Should you be interested in seeing what you once thought you knew all about, when the program is open, ‘Fly’ to Subic Bay, Philippines, and nearly instantly you are there, half way around the world.

Grande Island is where you think it is, but quite small as viewed from 13.98 miles up. Current satellite imagery is from Oct 26, 2009.  If you look real close, the Cubi Point International Airport appears under some writing. Next, zoom in on to 28,000’ up (about 5.3 miles up). Use your mouse to move around the bay. Now you may want to zoom in on something you member from Subic Bay.  Subic Bay is now a free port and you can see many changes. Believe it or not, most of the Quonset huts appear to be missing. I recently showed a relative the exact house I lived in for 2 years and checked out the golf course. They appear to be doing something with the hilltop green on hole 10. When the Seabees built this course, the green of hole 10 was a crowned green surrounded by solid rock. Tricky hole. If you try to drive to the green, and hit that rock wall, your ball will come back faster than it went up, and you won’t know in what direction. A lot of buildings are still in the area, and a lot are missing. The old HqCo building is now a casino. 

When you get tired of moving around Subic Bay, ‘Fly’ to Sangley Point, Philippines and Google Earth flies you south, past Corregidor and into Manila Bay and drops you off right above the Sangley Point airport. Zooming in and out can cover the bay as you move the mouse. Just a couple of ticks south of Sangley Point is Lake Taal – former volcanic action which left a lake with the volcano cone with another lake within the crater.  Have fun and enjoy.

Web Site Roster The web site roster is very out of date. There are several things going on here, some of which all of you can help with. First, check the web site roster and verify the information there in. Second, if there are any differences, omissions, etc., please notify the Acting Secretary to update the master roster. There is still some research to do, but it is the intention of the Acting Secretary to have a whole new roster on the web site by early 2010. The whole project will benefit all of us if you take a few minutes to check things out and if any changes are needed, notify the Acting Secretary at jimsbm@cox.net

Opportunity never comes, it’s here.

TAPS
We regret to announce the recently reported deaths of Subic Bay Marines.
George B. Thomas –07-1948 /  07-1950, LtCol Commanding Officer. Retired Colonel Thomas died Dec 23, 2009. Reported by son.
Robert G. Nunnally – 1976 / 1979, Maj, CO ”B” Co. Retired Col Nunnally died Aug 2009. Reported by Col Frank Duggan.
William J. Smith – 11-1945 / 03 1947. PFC. Reported by son Michael.
Earl D. Woodrow – 10-1966 / 05-1967, Cpl, SepGdCo. Reported by wife Carol.
Coy W. Mattox – 1948 / 1950, PFC. Mattox died 1-1-2010 in Athens, AL. Reported by Col Bob Bonadio
Joseph E. Balliet – 1986-1988, Cpl, “C” Co. Reported by Jerry Brown
Foster L. Johnson – 1955, PFC. Reported by wife Paula.
Fielding R. (Bob) Lane, Jr. – 1954 / 1955, Cpl. Died Feb 16, 2010. Reported by wife Joyce.
Coyle, Strimple – 1958-1959SgtMaj. Ret’d SgtMaj Coyle died in May, 2009 in Texas. Reported by wife Edna.
Neil W. Wilson – 09-1966 / 02-1968, Cpl, DetGdCo. Died 3-26-2009. Reported by wife Sonya.
William F. Manning – 10-1951 /  02-1954, Cpl. Died 3-9-2010. Reported by Fred Axthelm and Margaret Slate
Richard A. O’Neil – 1972 / 1974, Cpl, SepGdCo. Died Oct 18, 2006. Reported by wife Maria.
William Brod – 8-1953 / 9-54, PFC, SepGdCo. Died 3-1-2010. Reported by wife Jean. Was a founder and former Secretary of SBM.
Keith Douglas Blankenship – 1986 / 1987 Died 2-10-1987. Auto accident. Reported by mother Carolyn.
Robert L. Snodd– 1966 / 1967 PFC SepGdCo. Died August 2009 in Danville, VA. Reported by daughter Merideth.

SECRETARY NOTES 
Dues. Our dues year runs from January 1 to December 31. It’s not too late. Please send checks or money orders to: Subic Bay Marines, c/o Tony Amundsen, 4353 Scenic Dr, Pittsburg, CA 94565.

THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE PAID DUES OR MADE A VOLUNTARY CONTRIBITION !!! 

The Subic Bay Marines Web Site can be found at http://www.subicbaymarines.com  Check it out. Read the Bulletin Board and Newsletters. Sign the Guest Book. Find friends in the Roster and Guest Book and read the comments on one of the finest duty stations available to Marines. If you change your mailing address or e-mail address, please use the Guest Book to communicate those changes without charge, or notify the Acting Secretary at jimsbm@cox.net, also at no charge. .

The roster of Subic Bay Marines on the web site is still in the process of being updated. We do not have the ability to make changes daily, and with the cumulative changes that build up, our goal has been to update the complete roster periodically.  Unfortunately, the current web site roster dates back to 2007. The updating of the web site roster is one of the primary jobs the Acting Secretary hopes to have completed as soon as possible. But help is needed. There are literally hundreds of changes, additions, etc., each month.  An entire newly updated roster will replace the present one. If you find something wrong on the line with your name, please notify the Acting Secretary for inclusion in the next update.

HELP – When the Acting Secretary became Secretary in 1996; the roster consisted of 152 names. There are currently 4,128 lines on the official Subic Bay Marines roster (double/triple tours, etc.).We now have. 375 lines represent those on the “TAPS” list. We now have a number of “LOST” Subic Bay Marines – We no longer have an e-mail address nor a home mailing address.  If you are looking at the web site roster, your Christmas card list, etc., and find a name indicating the Marine is “LOST”, please let us know either an e-mail address or home address, or both. Thanks!

iMPORTANT NOTICE The price of mailing has gone up AGAIN. Right now, e-mail is free. If you have an e-mail address and received this Newsletter by U.S. Mail, PLEASE forward your e-mail address to jimsbm@cox.net. Also, if you use “block sender”, etc, or other devices that will not let you receive e-mail, PLEASE put jimsbm@cox.net as a sender you will accept from and also PLEASE include jimsbm@cox.net in your Address Book so that you can advise of address changes, etc. PLEASE!!!  AND THANKS!!!

THE LADIES CORNER

DUES STATEMENT AND REUNION RESERVATION FORM

         REUNION CONFIRMATION

I will attend the 18th Annual Reunion in Fredericksburg, VA
Total in my party will be _______

I will make my own room reservations at the Fredericksburg Hospitality House and Conference Center

Reunion Package – Drinks, Snacks, Banquet    Per Person ___ x $85.00 = $_________
Banquet only                      Per Person ___ x $50.00 = $_________
Bus trip- National Museum of the Marine Corps
Bus trip – Quantico
Bus Trip – Sunset Parade

                                DUES STATEMENT 
Year 2010 dues @ $25.00 per year                                                             $ 25.00
Voluntary Contribution – to support N/L, Web Site, recruiting, etc.                 $______
TOTAL ENCLOSED    $______
Name _____________________________________
Address ____________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________
Spouse ______________  E-mail Address ________________________________

Make checks payable to
:
  Subic Bay Marines
Send checks to: Tony Amundsen, 4353 Scenic Dr, Pittsburg, CA 94565
THE SUBIC BAY MARINES THANK YOU!!!

SUBIC BAY MARINES
Jim Bassett, Acting Sec’y
3417 Las Vegas Drive
Oceanside, CA 92054-3830

 

 

 

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September 2010 Newsletter

September 2010 Newsletter

MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of the Subic Bay Marines is to perpetuate memories of our duty in the Philippines and to foster camaraderie among Subic Bay Marines at an annual reunion. The Subic Bay Marines will serve as a role model for all Marines, past, present and future.

We will honor our commitment to this mission until there is no longer a Subic Bay Marine standing.

SEMPER FI!

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT 
WOW!!! What a reunion!!! Let me start by giving a hearty “OORAH” to Dave and Eleanor Coe and Jean Brod for doing such an outstanding job in arranging the 18th Annual Reunion in Fredericksburg, VA. The side trips to the National Museum of the Marine Corps, Marine Corps Base at Quantico and the Sunset Parade at 8th & I Sts in Washington, DC were awesome. To all the young marines that we came in contact with, I say “Thank You”. You made us all proud.

The food was great as always. Our Banquet was outstanding!! The auction and raffle raised $1,000.00 for the Subic Bay Marines. Next year, Naperville, Illinois. Thank you to all that donated items for the event.

It was encouraging to see so many new faces. I hope they enjoyed the whole experience and will return for future reunions.

Semper Fi
Bob White, President SBM 76-77


THE 18TH ANNUAL REUNION OF SUBIC BAY MARINES

…..is history, as are the 17 annual reunions that preceded it. All attending seemed satisfied and apparently had a good time. Good cold Coors in the hospitality suite, although a few held out for Bud. Different strokes for different folks, or not.

The 18th reunion was held in Fredericksburg, VA at the Fredericksburg Hospitality House Hotel and Conference Center, a lovely place with many amenities. Scheduled events included a bus trip to the National Museum of the Marine Corps (You can see much of this on the internet, but nothing will beat actual attendance; a tour of the Marine Base at  Quantico, including HMX-1, the squadron that flies the President and others; plus time to visit the numerous historical sites in the surrounding area ( how would those battles end up with modern weapons?); the evening Sunset Parade at 8th & I St, Washington DC;  and the annual banquet. Busy week – well worth it.0

The annual business meeting was held Saturday morning. Reports were taken from the officers and were approved. Other business included the selection of a reunion location for 2011. Our President, Bob White                                                                           will be the organizer and will be making the arrangements for this ‘mid-America’ reunion, details of which will appear in the January 2011 Newsletter.

The reunion location for 2012 will be in the ‘west’ America. Bob Bergeron will be making preliminary arrangements for the 2012 reunion. Bob arranged a prior reunion in Port Angeles, WA, which was a great reunion. Details will be published in future Newsletters. The final decision for the 2012 reunion will be finalized at the 2011 reunion. As of the meeting time, no one other than Bob was ready to suggest or coordinate the 2012 reunion. If you have any thoughts regarding the 2012 reunion in the “west”, please notify the President.

The Subic Bay Marines held a discussion on charitable donations we have made in the past and may be made in the future. The Treasurer was authorized to issue checks for up to $1,500.00 to organizations selected by a committee of Dave Seiler and Tony Amundsen.

A special reunion to Subic Bay was discussed. We had one in 1999, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1st Marine Barracks in 1899 and another in 2004. Present economic conditions and price probably preclude another at this time. Chuck Vitek will continue to review this matter.

The following Subic Bay Marines who came from far and wide were in attendance at the 2010 reunion in Fredericksburg, VA.
Ken and Avelina Alley, Stockton, CA – PFC, 67-68 SepGdCo & LCpl, 69-70, DetGdCo;
LaVerne and Ruth Altenburg, Jacksonville, NC – Cpl, 52-53, GuardCo;
Tony and TJ Amundsen, Pittsburg, CA – PFC, 60-62, DetGdCo & HqCo;
Fred Axthelm and Betty Anderson, Indianapolis, IN – LCpl, 57-58, HqCo (Brig Section);
Jim and Joan Bassett, Oceanside, CA – GySgt, 59-61, HqCo, Supply Chief; Capt, Ret’d;
Pat and Gloria Battinelli, Stamford, CT – Cpl, 51-53, GuardCo;
Ron and Marcy Becker, Clermont, FL – 51-52, GuardCo;
Bob Bergeron, Quilcene, WA – Cpl, 50-51, GuardCo and guest Cathy Wright;
Eric K. Bolton, Stafford, VA – 72-73, LtCol, Ret’d;
Bill and Barbara Boots, Davenport, IA – Cpl, 57-59 SepGdCo and guests Mary and Debbie O’Callaghan;
Dick Borrelli, Newnan, GA – PFC, 51-53 GuardCo;
Rufus and Polly Bowers, Fallbrook, CA & Friendsville, TN – Col, 80-84, XO & CO, Col Ret’d;
Jean Brod, Ridge, NY, widow of Bill Brod – 53-54, SepGdCo; and 13 family guests;
Bill and Pat Brown, Sun City, AZ – Pvt, 53-54, SepGdCo and 2 guests;
Ed and Martha Calhoun, Rockford, IL – Cpl, 50-51, GuardCo;
Howard and Judy Carlisle, Argos, IN – Cpl, 57-58 DetGdCo;
Gary Caudill, Delaware, OH – Cpl, 67-68, SepGdCo;
Mark Christianson, Pompano Beach, FL – Sgt, 52-54, GuardCo
Dave and Eleanor Coe, Pittsburgh, PA – Cpl, 53-54, HqCo;
Ron Cohron, Toomsboro, GA – LCpl, 67-68, SepGdCo
John and Patsy Daly, Cortland, NY – PFC, 59-61, DetGdCo;
Peter and Georgette Diaz, Melbourne, FL – PFC, 45-47 GdCo; and 4 family members;
Curtis and Bertha Erickson, Jacksonville, NC – GySgt, 66-68, HqCo (legal Chief); MGySgt Ret’d
Carl and Connie Frascona, Southington, CT – PFC, 58-60, SepGdCo;
Alex Gallegos, Daly City, CA, 57-58, SepGdCo;
Rick and Emelda Giles, Georgetown, KY – LCpl, 87, “C” Co;
Roy and Gloria Gjertsen, Picayune, MS – 1stSgt, 64-66, DetGdCo, 1stSgt, Ret’d
Allen Griffin, Alexandra, VA – 1stLt, 81-82, “B” Co, and guest Alexandra Barnes;
Gary and Terry Goodale, Alexandria, VA – 80-82, “B” Co
Raymond and Margaret Haegele, Batavia, NY – PFC, 62-63, HqCo, and 3 guests
Tom and Sandy Hazlett, Shelby, MI – PFC, 64-66, DetGdCo;
Jim and Leticia Hernandez, San Diego, CA – Sgt, 69-70, HqCo & Sgt, 71-72,  GySgt, Ret’d
George and Linda Hoagland, Tampa, FL – Sgt, 68-69;
Dennis and Diane Ingersoll, Lynn, MA – Sgt, 66-67 DetGd/HqCo;
Bob and Jacky Jones, Locust Grove, VA – Capt, 59-61 HqCo, Col, Ret’d;
Stanley and Connie Jones, Orlando, FL – Cpl, 66-68, HqCo;
Mark and Babe Kilgore, Pensacola, FL – Cpl, 72-74, SepGdCo;
Vic and Nora Kintanar, Virginia Beach, VA – Sgt, 79-82, “A” Co;
Carl and Linda Koyle, Waterford, MI – PFC, 58-60, SepGdCo and Cpl, 62-63, SepGdCo;
Nick Linkowitz, Burke, VA – Capt, 80-81, “HqCo, SupO, and guest;
John J. & Elvira Lopez, Jacksonville, NC – SSgt, 79-83, ”A” Co;
John Lynn, Dauphin Island, GA, 62-63, SepGdCo and guest Cheryl Jones;
Duane and Linda Magnan, Adna, WA – Cpl, 65-66, HqCo, and guests Don and Lynda Kennedy;
Richard and Myra Markvart, Asheboro, NC – LCpl, 59-60, DetGdCo;
Robert and Cynthia Maylone, Muncie, IN – Cpl, 67-69;
Bill and Lucy Moore, Stillwater, MN – Sgt, 66-68, HqCo (Liaison Clark AFB);
Duane and Barb Munford, Farmington, IA – Sgt, 55-56, SepGdCo;
Joe and Pat Nist, Greensburg, PA – LCpl, 65-66, HqCo (Brig);
Frank Nix, Pittsburgh, PA, Cpl, 64-66, SepGdCo;
Jim O’Connor, Gaylord, MI – Sgt, 51-56, Guard Co;
Kevin O’Kane, Thiells, NY – LCpl, 67-68, SepGdCo and guest Bob Fioramonti;
John and Mary Lou Oliveira, Somerset, MA – LCpl, 63-64, DetGdCo;
Darus and Kathy Palfrey, Strasburg, VA –-Maj, Ret’d;
Dennis and Dawn Pick, Machipongo, VA – LCpl, 82-83, “B” Co;
Vern and Betty Pitts, Littleton, CO – Pvt, 50-51, GdCo;
Doug and Susan Posavetz,
Jim and Kay Putman, Oliver Springs, TN – Pvt, 55-56, DetGdCo;
John and Mary Rentz, Philadelphia, PA – LCpl, 60-62, DetGdCo & HqCo, Brig Section;
Tom and Naty Ruzicka, Palmertown, PA – Pvt, 64-65, “  “ Co;
Dave and Gloria Seiler, Pensacola, FL – Capt, 59-61, HqCo, LtCol Ret’d;
Larry Sharette, Bakersfield, CA – Cpl, 72-73, DetGdCo;
Larry and Peggy Sims, McCalla, AL – LCpl, 66-67, “B“ Co
Margaret Slate, Swansboro, NC, widow of Kyle Slate and Warren Slate and Barbara Wright
Ed and Norma Smith, Edgewood, KY – LCpl, 59-60, SepGdCo;
Ray and Lynn Snyder, New Castle, DE – PFC, 59-60;
Pierre and Christine Thompasionas, Snow Hill, NC – PFC, 59-61, HqCo (D&B)
Dick and Audrey Velnetske, Waukesha, WI – Cpl, 50-51,GuardCo and guests Charles and Karen Hayes;
Chuck and Ofie Vitek, Springfield, VA – Sgt, 67-69, HqCo (legal);
Larry and Janet Wade, Ansonia, CT – Sgt, 63-65, HqCo;
John and Ramona White, Rockport, MA – Cpl, 66-68, HqCo;
Bob and Ludy White, Belvidere, IL – LCpl, 66-67, ”A Co;
William White, Staunton, VA – Cpl, 59-61, GySgt Ret’d;
Eric (Rip) and Edna Wieler, Vero Beach, FL – 1stLt, 57-59, DetGdCo, LtCol, Ret’d
Johnny Winship, Broken Bow, OK – LCpl, 76-78, “A” & “B” Co and Son, SSgt Winship;
Dick and Jo Wolfe, Marietta, GA –60-62, Cpl, Sangley Point & 70-73, HqCo Adjutant, Maj, Ret’d;
Steve and Marie Yagasits, Palm Harbor, FL – PFC, 64-66, SepGdCo, Sgt, 72-74, HqCo, GySgt, Ret’d.

Please excuse me if your name is misspelled or missing, or whatever. Things get a bit hectic at banquet time. A lot of people came to the banquet only and there was little time to interview them. There were others that were there early but left before the banquet. Suffice to say we had a lot of people at this reunion, more than ever before. We thank all of you in attendance  and hopefully; we will see you many times in the future. Check the Mission Statement above.

This is probably the place to talk about the late Bill Brod, of Ridge, NY. Bill had been our “Reunion Coordinator” for many years and had done many of the reunions himself with Dave Coe assisting. Unfortunately, Bill passed away on March 1, 2010. Reunions are planned far in advance of the actual event. The reunion information passed out in January 2010 was the result of a lot of work that had already been done. Dave continued the march in exemplary fashion and if Bill had been watching from above, I am sure he would have been greatly pleased.

THE 19TH ANNUAL REUNION OF SUBIC BAY MARINES is scheduled to be held in the “Midwest” in 2011. After discussion, it was decided that the 19th Reunion will be held in Naperville, IL from Aug 18th through August 21st. Our President Bob White 76-77 will spearhead this reunion.Details, exact times, focus of the 2011 reunion will be shown in the January 2011 Newsletter. Read it and plan to attend. We will all be glad to see you again.

NEWS YOU CAN USE

Secretary, David Savage, “B” Co, 89-91, the appointed Secretary of the Subic Bay Marines has returned from his active duty tour as 1stSgt David Savage, USMCR in Iraq. He resumed his civilian job August 2, 2010, one week before the reunion.  He mentioned recently that he might not make it to the reunion – he may be sent elsewhere in connection with his civilian job and may have to travel to get back up to date. David and I met a month ago in Camp Pendleton and jointly agreed that Jim Bassett would remain as his assistant handling the roster until the end of the year and David would be look into updating and modernizing the web site, and that a new roster will be one of the first things added. Time will tell, but the job will be covered and hopefully, David will be ready to take over completely. Meanwhile, for Subic Bay Marines business, please send your message tojimsbm@cox.net and put SUBIC BAY MARINES on the Subject line. Also please indicate the name of the sender at the end.

Agent Orange This subject has been addressed in the past. Any Subic Bay Marine suffering from or believe their medical problems could have come from Agent Orange exposure should go tohttp://www.commondreams.org/headlines05/0109-09.htm. You may also find information on Agent Orange in H. R. 2254, the Agent Orange Equity Act of 2009. The bill was introduced May 5, 2009 and referred to Committee, where it presently lies.
Camp Lejeune Water Claims Update Did you live or work at Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune in 1987 or before? If so, please register with the Marine Corps by visiting www.marines.mil/clsurveyor by calling the Camp Lejeune Historic Drinking Water Call Center at 1-877-261-9782, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST. NEW registrants will be directly notified of research results from two independent initiatives reviewing the possible association between exposure to the water and certain health effects. Source: Jan-Mar 2009 Semper Fidelis Memorandum for Retired Marines.
Guest BookIf you read the Guest Book on our web site, and you should,  you can’t miss the comments – best duty station ever – good liberty at several places – good friends they have lost contact with, etc. If you want to relive those days and visit with those who helped make them, our reunions are the places to be. Opportunity never comes – It’s here!!!!  Mark your schedule.Additionally, if you have any changes or additions to the Guest Book Roster, PLEASE notify the Assistant Secretary at jimsbm@cox.net.

Commemorative coins. In the past, our current President Bob White, 76-77, has acquired some 1½” brass commemorative coins that he will be glad to furnish to you. One side has a Marine Corps Emblem with “Subic Bay Marines” and “Brothers Forever” around the emblem and “A” Co/Hq, Main side, “B” Co/Separate Guard Co, Cubi Point, and “C” Co/Detached Guard Co, San Miguel on the very outside. Colors are mainly red, blue and gold. The reverse of the coin has the American and Philippine Flags and a colorful jeepney with Marine Barracks, Subic Bay Philippines and 1899 – 1992 around the outside. Pretty neat!! Should you wish to acquire one of these commemorative coins, the total cost is $6.00 plus postage. Any profit will go to the Subic Bay General Fund. To order coin or coins, call Bob at 815-544-3932 or e-mail; him atbobwhiteludy@aol.com. Response in the past has been terrific with coins being sent all over the world. Many new orders were requested at the reunion, so it will be repeated, should you wish to take advantage of the opportunity, remember – Opportunity never comes, it’s here.

TAPS

We regret to announce the recently reported deaths of Subic Bay Marines.
Jerry D. Rice – 04-1956-05-1957, Cpl, “A” Co. Died 7-28-2010 in Roanoke, VA at age 75. Reported by John Laccinole.

SESECRETARY NOTES

Dues. Our dues year runs from January 1 to December 31. It’s not too late. Please send checks or money orders to: Subic Bay Marines, c/o Tony Amundsen, 4353 Scenic Dr, Pittsburg, CA 94565.
THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE PAID DUES OR MADE A VOLUNTARY CONTRIBITION!!! 
The Subic Bay Marines Web Site can be found at http://www.subicbaymarines.com  Check it out. Read the Bulletin Board and Newsletters. Sign the Guest Book. Find friends in the Roster and Guest Book and read the comments on one of the finest duty stations available to Marines. If you change your mailing address or e-mail address, please use the Guest Book to communicate those changes without charge.
David Savage, our Secretary is back from Iraq where he was deployed with his USMC Reserve unit and ready to reassume his duties. Jim Bassett, as Assistant Secretary, is producing this Newsletter. David, initially will be working primarily on our web site that is a bit dated in some places. Jim will continue maintaining the Roster of Subic Bay Marines until 2011.
Interesting note. As reported above, Jerry Rice had signed up for the 2010 reunion. Unfortunately, he passed away a few weeks before the reunion. Jerry was a Korean War veteran as well as his tour in Subic Bay and Atsugi, Japan 1957-1958. Jerry and his wife Etta had been to 3 reunions and at one of them, I mentioned I was a Senior Volunteer with the California Highway Patrol. Jerry said he would be right back, and when he returned, he gave me 2 shoulder patches from the Roanoke, VA Police Department where he had just retired as a Sergeant with 22 years service. One of the patches hangs on the wall of the CHP office and I have the other one. However, check this out. Jerry and John Laccinole were assigned the task of protecting the fast very highflying U2 when they were at Atsugi. They had made several arrests one evening. Later, after a failed attempt to escape, Jerry asked John if he remembered whom Jerry had secured with John’s handcuffs? Turned out it was Lee Harvey Oswald. As John said, “Had we the power to see into the future, we could have left Oswald cuffed to the bench and altered the course of history.” Small world.
HELP - We no longer have an e-mail address nor a home address for nearly 400 Subic Bay Marines. If you are looking at the web site roster and find a name indicating the Marine is “LOST”, please let us know either an e-mail address or home address.
IMPORTANT NOTICE The price of mailing is going up AGAIN. Right now, e-mail is free. If you have an e-mail address and received this Newsletter by U.S. Mail, PLEASE forward your e-mail address to jimsbm@cox.net. Also, if you use “block sender”, etc, or other devices that will not let you receive e-mail, PLEASE put jimsbm@cox.net as a sender you will accept from and also PLEASE include jimsbm@cox.net in your Address Book so that you can advise of address changes, etc.PLEASE!!!  AND THANKS!!!

LADIES CORNER. Our lovely ladies met on Saturday – 45 in attendance. A great reunion thanks to the Brod’s and Coe’s and TJ Amundsen was thanked for the 160 cards she made and sent during the past year. Pat Brown was thanked for the past 18 years as Head Lady and Peggy Sims was elected to replace her. The Ladies Corner also ordered a brick for the Museum at Quantico, which will read LADIES CORNER of the SUBIC BAY MARINES.

Film at – whenever you look at it – At the Wheeling reunion we had some filming take place. The final product is now available. Go to Subic Bay Marines.com and click the 4 films available. Included is our flag streamer ceremony. Check it out

CURRENT OFFICERS OF THE SUBIC BAY MARINES

Officers Name Telephone E-mail address
President Bob White 815-544-3932 bobwhiteludy@aol.com
Vice President Ken Alley 209-473-9911 SgtAlley.usmc@yahoo.com
Sec’y/N/L Editor** David Savage dmsavage1@gmail.com
Assistant Sec’y Jim Bassett 760-757-3836 jimsbm@cox.net
Treasurer Tony Amundsen 925-439-3819 intuit3@att.net
Director at Large Ray Elliott 217-384-5820 rayelliott23@att.net
Chaplain Bill Boots 563-326-4538 w_boots@hotmail.com
Historian Efrain “JR” Castro run10ksan@yahoo.com
Public Affairs Officer John Laccinole 818-591-8916 johnlaccinole@aol.com

 

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January 2010 Newsletter

January 2010 Newsletter

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Subic Bay Marines is to perpetuate memories of our duty in the Philippines and to foster camaraderie among Subic Bay Marines at an annual reunion. The Subic Bay Marines will serve as a role model for all Marines, past, present and future.

We will honor our commitment to this mission until there is no longer a Subic Bay Marine standing.

SEMPER FI!

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

I hope everyone had a joyous Christmas and New Year.  As the new years starts we look to 2011 to be a productive year for our organization.  I am hoping that this years Reunion to be bigger than last year.  This year we will be taking Lisle, IL by storm.  This is located just 30 miles from Chicago (The Windy City).  This is a unique opportunity to see the Chicago-land area.  The Reunion is open to all Marines who were stationed at SUBIC BAY and/or SANGLEY POINT.

I am really looking forward to see new faces at this Reunion.  Maybe it is time to see some old friends, maybe it is time to attend your first Reunion, and maybe it is time to return.  Seriously plan to attend this years Reunion.  Are you ready to come to Chicago?

I look forward to seeing all of you this August.

Semper Fi!

Bob White, President
76-77  “A” Co.

2010 CHARITABLE DONATIONS

Each year during the reunion the Subic Bay Marines Donation committee reviews and makes recommendations on which organizations will receive one of three $500 donations.

This past year’s recipients were:

The DC chapter of the Smile Train (http://medpro.smiletrain.org.uk). The Smile Train mission is focused on solving a single problem: cleft lip and palate.

The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation (http://www.mcsf.org). This foundation supports the children of Marines who have been killed in combat. To let them know they are not forgotten, the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation is continuing their tradition of offering up to $10,000 in educational scholarships.

Central Indiana Young Marines (http://ciym.net). Central Indiana Young Marines is a non-profit youth education and service program for boys and girls, ages 8 through completion of high school.  The program focuses on character building, leadership, and promotes a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.

NEWS YOU CAN USE

Secretary, David Savage, “B” Co, 89-91, the appointed Secretary of the Subic Bay Marines is back on duty with the Subic Bay Marines. For Subic Bay Marines business, please send your message to dmsavage1@gmail.com and put SUBIC BAY MARINES on the Subject line. Also please indicate the name of the sender at the end. ! See you at the reunion in Illinois!

Agent Orange This subject has been addressed in the past. Any Subic Bay Marine suffering from or believe their medical problems could have come from Agent Orange exposure should go tohttp://www.commondreams.org/headlines05/0109-09.htm. You may also find information on Agent Orange in H. R. 2254, the Agent Orange Equity Act of 2009. The bill was introduced May 5, 2009 and referred to Committee, where it presently lies. Additional infomration about Agent Orange, provided by David Stockwell, can be found athttp://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/benefits/herbicide/aono3.htm as well.

Camp Lejeune Water Claims Update Did you live or work at Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune in 1987 or before? If so, please register with the Marine Corps by visiting www.marines.mil/clsurveyor by calling the Camp Lejeune Historic Drinking Water Call Center at 1-877-261-9782, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST. NEW registrants will be directly notified of research results from two independent initiatives reviewing the possible association between exposure to the water and certain health effects. Source: Jan-Mar 2009 Semper Fidelis Memorandum for Retired Marines.

Guest BookIf you read the Guest Book on our web site, and you should,  you can’t miss the comments – best duty station ever – good liberty at several places – good friends they have lost contact with, etc. If you want to relive those days and visit with those who helped make them, our reunions are the places to be. Opportunity never comes – It’s here!!!!  Mark your schedule.Additionally, if you have any changes or additions to the Guest Book Roster, PLEASE notify the Secretary at dmsavage1@gmail.com

Commemorative Coins. In the past, our current President Bob White, 76-77, has acquired some 1½” brass commemorative coins that he will be glad to furnish to you. One side has a Marine Corps Emblem with “Subic Bay Marines” and “Brothers Forever” around the emblem and “A” Co/Hq, Main side, “B” Co/Separate Guard Co, Cubi Point, and “C” Co/Detached Guard Co, San Miguel on the very outside. Colors are mainly red, blue and gold. The reverse of the coin has the American and Philippine Flags and a colorful jeepney with Marine Barracks, Subic Bay Philippines and 1899 – 1992 around the outside. Pretty neat!! Should you wish to acquire one of these commemorative coins, the total cost is $7.00 plus postage. Any profit will go to the Subic Bay General Fund. To order coin or coins, call Bob at 815-544-3932 or e-mail; him at bobwhiteludy@aol.com. Response in the past has been terrific with coins being sent all over the world. Many new orders were requested at the reunion, so it will be repeated, should you wish to take advantage of the opportunity, remember – Opportunity never comes, it’s here.

TAPS

Nothing reported at this time. If you were are aware of the passing of any of the Subic Bay or Sangley Point Marines, email dmsavage1@gmail.com

SECRETARY NOTES

Dues. Our dues year runs from January 1 to December 31. It’s not too late. Please send checks or money orders to: Subic Bay Marines, c/o Tony Amundsen, 4353 Scenic Dr, Pittsburg, CA 94565.

THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE PAID DUES OR MADE A VOLUNTARY CONTRIBITION!!! 
The Subic Bay Marines Web Site can be found at http://www.subicbaymarines.com  Check it out. Read the Bulletin Board and Newsletters. Sign the Guest Book. Find friends in the Roster and Guest Book and read the comments on one of the finest duty stations available to Marines. If you change your mailing address or e-mail address, please use the Guest Book to communicate those changes without charge.

HELP - We no longer have an e-mail address nor a home address for nearly 400 Subic Bay Marines. If you are looking at the web site roster and find a name indicating the Marine is “LOST”, please let us know either an e-mail address or home address.

IMPORTANT NOTICE The price of mailing is going up AGAIN. Right now, e-mail is free. If you have an e-mail address and received this Newsletter by U.S. Mail, PLEASE forward your e-mail address to dmsavage1@gmail.com. Also, if you use “block sender”, etc, or other devices that will not let you receive e-mail, PLEASE put dmsavage1@gmail.com as a sender you will accept from and also PLEASE include dmsavage1@gmail.com in your Address Book so that you can advise of address changes, etc. PLEASE!!!  AND THANKS!!!

Film at…whenever you look at it – At the Wheeling reunion in we had some filming take place. The final product is now available. Go to Subic Bay Marines.com and click the 4 films available. Included is our flag streamer ceremony. Check it out

19TH ANNUAL SUBIC BAY MARIENS REUNION

August 18-21 Lisle, IL

Reunion Package: includes drinks, snacks, Filipino Buffet and Banquet Per Person ___ x $78.00 = $_____
                                               Banquet only (Saturday Eve) Per Person ___ x $42.00 = $_____
                                               City of Chicago Tour Per Person ___ x $65.00 = $_____
Please provide the names of all in your party (attach a separate sheet if necessary):
_____________________________________        ____________________________________
(Last Name)                                                                (First Name)______________________________________        ___________________________________
(Last Name)                                                                (First Name)

DUES STATEMENT

Year 2011 dues @ $25.00 per year

25.00

Voluntary Contribution – to support N/L, Web Site, recruiting, etc.
TOTAL ENCLOSED

$_____

Name ________________________________________________________________________
Address ______________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
Make check payable to: Subic Bay Marines
Send check to: Tony Amundsen, 4353 Scenic Dr, Pittsburg, CA 94565

Reunion information and Itinerary

Reunion will be held at the Hilton Lisle/Naperville

3003 Corporate West Drive, Lisle, Illinois, United States 60532
Tel: 1-630-505-0900   Fax: 1-630-505-8948

Wednesday, August 17

  • Check in
  • On your own to explore
  • Hospitality room

Thursday, August 18

  • Check in
  • On your own to explore
  • Hospitality room
  • Filipino Buffet 6PM

Friday, August 19

  • City of Chicago Bus Tour w/lunch

Saturday, August 20

  • Business meeting.
  • Banquet
  • July 17, 2011 is the cutoff date for hotel reservations
  • July 1, 2011 is the cutoff date for reunion package

CURRENT OFFICERS OF THE SUBIC BAY MARINES

Officers Name Telephone E-mail address
President Bob White 815-544-3932 bobwhiteludy@aol.com
Vice President Ken Alley 209-473-9911 SgtAlley.usmc@yahoo.com
Sec’y/N/L Editor** David Savage 913-908-3808 dmsavage1@gmail.com
Assistant Sec’y Jim Bassett 760-757-3836 jimsbm@cox.net
Treasurer Tony Amundsen 925-439-3819 intuit3@att.net
Director at Large Ray Elliott 217-384-5820 rayelliott23@att.net
Chaplain Bill Boots 563-326-4538 w_boots@hotmail.com
Historian Efrain “JR” Castro run10ksan@yahoo.com
Public Affairs Officer John Laccinole 818-591-8916 johnlaccinole@aol.com

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Sangley Closes, Marine Officer Killed

U.S. Naval Station Sangley Point
Republic of the Philippines (1948-1971)


A School Opens At Sangley

  The story of the dependent school at Sangley Point begins after the return of the U.S. Navy to the Philippines, and to Sangley, in 1945. In anticipation of the possible allied invasion of the Japanese mainland, an 8000 foot runway was constructed, along with the associated air operations and maintenance facilities. The invasion never took place, but Sangley’s importance as a support facility for the Seventh Fleet continued to grow. So did its complement of Navy, Marine, Coast Guard, and civilian personnel.
[Kindergarten]
  As the number military personnel at Sangley grew, so did the need to provide accommodations and facilities for the dependents that would ultimately accompany them. Not the least of these facilities, of course, would be a school. So, a group of Quonset huts was designated, and in August of 1948 the first dependent’s school was opened at Sangley Point!  At first, the school was comprised of grades 1-7 and only 65 students. But, as the number of dependents increased the school began to grow, eventually adding a kindergarten and the 8th, 9th, and 10th grades. Ultimately, in 1963, the Bureau of the Navy added 11th and 12th grades.

[Grade 4]

   The school was comprised of a series of Quonset huts linked together with a central corridor. The original buildings were constructed on concrete piers with wooden floors, but the newer ones on the eastern end were built on concrete slabs. All the buildings, however, were metal Quonset huts. The entire school grounds was enclosed by a fence made primarily of Marston matting, an interlocking, metal construction material used to construct emergency or temporary landing strips!

It Gets A Name

  And, yet, as the school grew it remained nameless for more than ten years! Then, in 1959 a contest was held among the students to name their own school! The prize of a U.S. Savings Bond went to Jackie Newell(’56-’59) for choosing a name which commemorated the American naval hero of the Revolutionary War, John Paul Jones.[1967 Graduation]  In 1967, JPJ came under the supervision of the Air Force and was incorporated into the District II, Pacific Area, DODDS. In March of the next year, it was accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. By now, there were 650 students at JPJ from kindergarten to the 12th grade; ten times the number that was first enrolled in 1948! By 1970, that number would swell to 690. Plans were in the works for the construction of a new school when official word came on December 10,1970, that Naval Station Sangley Point was to terminate operations as a U.S. facility.

 Sangley Closes

  Hectic and chaotic days followed that fateful announcement. Things would never be the same at Sangley. Everyone began to pack up and ship everything to the States or to other military facilities. Robberies and burglaries became commonplace as criminal elements attempted to get what they could before it was all gone. A Marine officer on his way home from Vietnam was killed when a robbery attempt at the American Express office ended in gunfire. Students and teachers at JPJ, only a block away, had to remain in the classrooms until the incident was over.

  Finally, on June 30, 1971, after almost 23 years of service, John Paul Jones School was officially closed. The very next day Naval Station Sangley Point changed status from active to inactive. What followed was sixty days of frantic activity as everything that could be stripped out, disconnected, or dismantled was shipped out. Amidst all of this chaos, some shipments were lost or stolen. Lost or destroyed, also, were the JPJ school records. As a result, many graduating seniors had difficulty entering colleges and universities.

  Then, on September 1,1971, Sangley Point was officially turned over to the Philippine government.

http://homepage.mac.com/lstiegelmar1/jpj.html

Republic of the Philippines
SUPREME COURT
Manila

SECOND DIVISION

G.R. No. L-53926-29 November 13, 1989

PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, plaintiff-appellee,
vs.
MANUEL MATEO, JR., ESMERALDO CRUZ, EMMANUEL CAGANAP, GENER FILOTEO, MANUEL MENDOZA, ROLANDO REYES, DANNY TOSCO, RENATO MENDOZA, MELANIO MENDOZA, ROBERTO MARTINEZ, ENRIQUE CONCEPCION, CHARLES “DOE”, GEORGE “DOE”, RICHARD “DOE”, BENJAMIN “DOE”, FRANK “DOE”, JOSEPH “DOE”, and ROBERT “DOE”, defendants, ENRIQUE CONCEPCION, defendant-appellant.

The Office of the solicitor General for plaintiff-appellee.

Carlos Ambrosio and Mario P. Gomez for defendant-appelant.

 

PADILLA, J.:

For having allegedly robbed the American Express Bank Branch located inside the United States Naval Base in Sangley Point, Cavite City and killed a U.S. marine officer on the occasion thereof, Manuel Mateo, Jr., Esmeraldo Cruz, Roberto Martinez @ Ruben Martinez, and Enrique Concepcion, members of the Cavite City police department, and Emmanuel Caganap, Gener Filoteo, Manuel Mendoza, Rolando Reyes, Danny Tosco, Renato Mendoza, Melanio Mendoza, and seven (7) persons whose Identities have remained unknown, were charged before the Circuit Criminal Court of Pasig, Rizal, with the crime of Robbery in Band with Homicide, and three (3) separate crimes of Robbery in Band, docketed therein as CCC-VII-843-Cavite City to CCC-VII-846-Cavite City, inclusive, committed as follows:

1. CCC-VII-843-Cavite City:

That on or about the 4th day of June, 1971, in Cavite City, Philippines and within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court, the above-named accused, conspiring and confederating and helping one another, and with intent of gain and against the will of the owner thereof, armed with firearms, by means of force, violence, and intimidation did, then and there wilfully, unlawfully and feloniously rob, take and carry away from the American Express Bank Branch, a private firm duly represented by Antonio Laforteza, resident special agent, of the amount of $41,120.79 and P96,532.38, to the damage and prejudice of the latter in the aforesaid amount of $41,120.79 and P96,532.38; that as a consequence of an encounter during said Robbery in Band, the person of First Lt. James Plumpowski, USMC, who at that time responded to the alarm flashed by the bank personnel, sustained serious wounds on the vital parts of his body which caused his death.

The aggravating circumstances attendant thereto are the following:

1. Use of Motor Vehicle;

2. Taking advantage of superior strength;

3. Committed in band, all being armed;

4. Committed with the aid of persons who insure or afford impunity;

5. Committed with evident premeditation; and

6. That craft, fraud, or disguise was employed. 1

1. CCC-VII-844-Cavite City:

That on or about the 4th day of June 1971, in Cavite City, Philippines and within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court, the above-named accused, conspiring and confederating and helping one another, with intent of gain and against the will of the owner thereof, armed with firearms, by means of force, violence and intimidation, did then and there wilfully, unlawfully and feloniously rob, take and carry I away from Antonio Araquel, the following articles, to wit:

Man’s wrist watch “Wiseman” valued at P50.00

Shoes valued at 21.00

Cash money in the amount of 15.00

Gate pass (unestimated amount) P86.00

to the damage and prejudice of the latter in the aforementioned amount of P86.00.

The aggravating circumstances attendant thereto are the following:

1. Use of motor vehicle;

2. Taking advantage of superior strength;

3. Committed in band, all being armed;

4. Committed with the aid of persons who insure or afford impunity;

5. That craft, fraud or disguise was employed. 2

3. CCC-VII-845-Cavite City:

That on or about the 4th day of June 1971, in Noveleta, Province of Cavite, Philippines and within the jurisdiction of its Honorable Court, the above-named accused conspiring and confederating and helping one another, with intent of gain and against the will of the owner thereof, armed with firearms, by means of force, violence and intimidation did, then and there wilfully, unlawfully and feloniously rob, take and carry away from the Aguinaldo Development Corporation ( Goody-Goody Bakery), a delivery truck with Plate No. 42-24xx, Manila 1971, valued at $1,500.00 which Aguinaldo Development Corporation is duly represented by Atty. Carlos, to the damage and prejudice of the latter corporation in the aforeamount of $1,500.00.

The aggravating circumstances attendant thereto are the following:

1. Use of Motor Vehicle;

2. Taking advantage of superior strength;

3. Committed in band, all being armed;

4. Committed with the aid of persons who insure or afford impunity;

5. Committed with evident premeditation; and

6. That craft, fraud or disguise was employed. 3

4. CCC-VII-846-Cavite City:

That on or about the 4th day of June, 1971, in Cavite City, Philippines and within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court, the above-named accused conspiring and confederating and helping one another, with intent of gam and against the will of the owner thereof, armed with firearms, by means of force, violence and intimidation did, then and there wilfully, unlawfully and feloniously rob, take and carry away from Rodrigo Estrebillo his Driver’s License valued at P6.00, to the damage and prejudice of the afore-said driver in the amount of P6.00.

The aggravating circumstances attendant thereto are the following :

1. Use of Motor Vehicle;

2. Taking advantage of superior strength;

3. Committed in Band, all being armed

4. Committed with the aid of persons who insure or afford impunity; and

5. That craft, fraud or disguise was employed. 4

When arraigned, the accused entered pleas of NOT GUILTY, except for Emmanuel Caganap who pleaded GUILTY to the charges and was accordingly sentenced, in Crim. Case No. CCC-VIII-843- Cavite City, to suffer the penalty of reclusion perpetua; to indemnify the heirs of the deceased Lt. James Plumpowski in the amount of P12,000.00; to pay the American Express Bank Branch, thru Antonio Laforteza, the amounts of $41,120.79 and P96,532.38; to pay the amount of P10,000.00 as moral damages and another P10,000.00 as exemplary damages, and to pay the costs; and in CCC-VII-844-Cavite City, CCC-VII-845-Cavite City and CCC-VII-846-Cavite City, to suffer the penalty of from two (2) years, four (4) months and one (1) day of prision correccional, as minimum, to four (4) years and two (2) months of prision correccional, as maximum, in each of the aforestated cases; and to indemnify the complainants Antonio Araquel in the amount of P86.00; the Aguinaldo Development Corporation, in the amount of $1,500.00; and Rodrigo Estrebillo, in the amount of P6.00; and to pay the costs. 5

The accused Rolando Reyes subsequently withdrew his plea of NOT GUILTY and pleaded GUILTY to the charges. He was consequently sentenced, in Crim. Case No. CCC-VII-843-Cavite City, to suffer the penalty of reclusion perpetua; to indemnify the heirs of the deceased Lt. James Plumpowski in the amount of P12,000.00; to pay the American Express Bank Branch, thru Antonio Laforteza, the amounts of $41,120.79 and P96,532.38; to pay the amount of P10,000.00 as moral damages and another P10,000.00 as exemplary damages; and to pay the costs; and in Crim. Cases Nos. CCC-VII-844- Cavite City, CCC-VII-845-Cavite City and CCC-VII-846-Cavite City, to suffer the penalty of from two (2) years, four (4) months and one (1) day of prision correccional, as minimum, to four (4) years and two (2) months of prision correccional, as maximum, in each of the aforesaid cases; and to indemnify the complainants Antonio Araquel in the amount of P86.00, the Aguinaldo Development Corporation, in the amount of $1,500.00, and Rodrigo Estrebillo in the amount for P6.00; and to pay the costs. 6

On 5 November 1973, upon motion of the City Fiscal, the charges against the accused Manuel Mendoza were dismissed. 7

After a joint trial of the cases and an assessment of the evidence presented by the parties, judgment was rendered by the court a quo on 5 November 1979, as follows:

WHEREFORE, in Criminal Case No. CCC-VII-843-Cavite City, the Court finds the accused Manuel Mateo, Jr.; Esmeraldo Cruz, Gener Filoteo, Renato Mendoza, Melanio Mendoza, Roberto Martinez @ Ruben Martinez and Enrique Concepcion GUILTY beyond reasonable doubt of the crime of Robbery in Band with Homicide, as defined in paragraph 1, Article 294 of the Revised Penal Code, as charged in the Amended Information; and the Court hereby sentences all of the said accused to suffer the penalty of RECLUSION PERPETUA, with accessory penalties prescribed by law; ordering them to indemnify jointly and severally the heirs of the offended party, Lt. James Plumpowski in the amount of Twelve Thousand Pesos (P12,000.00); ordering them to pay jointly and severally the American Express Bank Branch, thru Antonio Laforteza, the amount of Forty-one Thousand One Hundred Twenty Dollars and Seventy-nine Cents ($41,120.79), or its equivalent in Philippine Currency, and the amount of Ninety-six Thousand Five Hundred Thirty-two Pesos and Thirty-eight Centavos (P96,532.38); and to pay their proportionate share of the costs.

In Criminal Case No. CCC-VII-844-Cavite City, the Court finds the accused Manuel Mateo, Jr., Esmeraldo Cruz, Gener Filoteo Renato Mendoza, Melanio Mendoza, Roberto Martinez @ Ruben Martinez, and Enrique Concepcion GUILTY beyond reasonable doubt of the crime of Robbery in Band, as defined in paragraph 5, Article 294 of the Revised Penal Code, as charged in the Amendment Information; and the Court hereby sentences all of the said accused to suffer imprisonment of FOUR (4) YEARS, TWO (2) MONTHS and ONE (1) DAY, as minimum, to SIX (6) YEARS, as maximum, with accessory penalties prescribed by law; ordering them to indemnify jointly and severally the offended party, Antonio Araquel, in the amount of Eighty-six Pesos (P86.00); and to pay their proportionate share of the costs.

In Criminal Case No. CCC-VII-845-Cavite City, the Court finds the accused Manuel Mateo, Jr., Esmeraldo Cruz, Gener Filoteo, Renato Mendoza, Melanio Mendoza, Roberto Martinez @ Ruben Martinez, and Enrique Concepcion GUILTY beyond reasonable doubt of the crime of Robbery in Band, as defined in paragraph 5, Article 294 of the Revised Penal Code, as charged in the Amended Information; and the Court hereby sentences all of the said accused to suffer imprisonment of FOUR (4) YEARS, TWO (2) MONTHS, and ONE (1) DAY, as minimum, to SIX (6) YEARS, as maximum, with accessory penalties prescribed by law; and to pay their proportionate share of the costs.

In Criminal Case No. CCC-VII-846-Cavite City, the Court finds the accused Manuel Mateo, Jr., Esmeraldo Cruz, Gener Filoteo, Renato Mendoza, Melanio Mendoza, Roberto Martinez @ Ruben Martinez, and Enrique Concepcion GUILTY beyond reasonable doubt of the crime of Robbery in Band, defined in paragraph 5, Article 294 of the Revized Penal Code. as charged in the Amended Information, and the Court hereby sentences all “he said accused to suffer imprisonment of FOUR YEARS, TWO 2) MONTHS and ONE DAY, asminimum, to SIX (6) YEARS, as maximum, with accessory penalties prescribed by law; ordering them to indemnify jointly and severally the offended party, Rodrigo Estrebillo, in the amount of Six Pesos (P6.00); and to pay their proportionate share of the costs.

In the service of the sentence, all of the said accused are entitled to Article 29 of the Revised Penal Code, as amended by Republic Act No. 6127.

As regards the accused Danilo Tosco @ Danny Tosco this Court finds the evidence against him insufficient to warrant his conviction beyond reasonable doubt for all the crimes charged in Criminal Cases Nos. CCC-VII-843, 844, 845 and 846-Cavite, and hereby ACQUITS said accused. 8

From this judgment, the accused Manuel Mateo, Jr., Esmeraldo Cruz, and Enrique Concepcion appealed. Manuel Mateo, Jr. and Esmeraldo Cruz, however, subsequently withdrew their appeals. 9

The incriminatory facts of these cases, as contained in the People’s Brief, are as follows:

At about 4:45 o’clock in the morning of June 4, 1971, Rodrigo Estrebillo was driving the Goody-Goody delivery truck of the Aguinaldo, Inc., coming from its bakery at V. Mapa, Manila to deliver bread at the then U.S. Naval Base at Sangley Point, Cavite City. With Estrebillo in the truck was Antonio Araquel a helper. At approximately 7:00 o’clock of the same morning of June 4, 1971, while the Goody-Goody truck was travelling at the Lido Beach Resort and upon reaching a curve near Long Beach, a passenger jeep with armed men on board suddenly cut across the way of the Goody-Goody truck. Estrebillo immediately stopped the truck. Three armed men alighted from the jeep and one of them poked a gun at Estrebillo, shoved him to the side and took over the wheels of the Goody-Goody truck. The second armed man likewise poked a gun at Antonio Araquel and ordered him to alight from the truck and to go inside the passenger jeep. The third man blindfolded Estrebillo with an undershirt and sat in front of the truck sandwiching Estrebillo between him and the other armed man. Estrebillo Identified the armed man who poked a gun at him as Roberto or Ruben Marinez. Araquel Identified the man who pointed a gun at him and ordered him to go to the passenger jeep as Gener Filoteo. The man who took over the driver’s seat from Estrebillo was Identified as Emmanuel Caganap. Thereafter, the passenger jeep proceeded to Bay Court Hotel in Cavite City near the police checkpoint. Following the passenger jeep was the Goody- Goody truck driven by Emmanuel Caganap,

At the Bay Court Hotel, Estrebillo and Araquel were brought inside a room. Estebillos blindfold was removed. Martinez asked Araquel how to use the gate pass to enter Sangley Point and the latter informed Martinez that the receipt for the bread should be stamped by a doctor before actual delivery. Martinez took the gate pass and the receipt for the bread from Araquel as well as Estrebillo’s driver’s license. Araquel was stripped of his watch worth P50.00, shoes worth P20.00 and cash money of P15.00. Estrebillo and Araquel were warned by Martinez that they would be killed and be seen floating in the sea should they tell anyone what happened.

Aside from Martinez and Filoteo, who were Identified by Estrebillo and Araquel other armed men were Identified by Marilyn Tordecillas Orendain, wife of the Assistant Manager of the Bay Court Hotel, Gin Moe alias Lee. Mrs. Orendain was at the hotel at 6:00 o’clock in the morning of June 4, 1971. They saw Roberto Martinez and Enrique Concepcion arrive. She also Esmeraldo Cruz come in when Martinez asked for a drink. Concepcion sat in front of Mrs. Orendain a little away from the counter. At past seven o’clock of the same morning, she saw a passenger jeep arrive with armed men followed by a Goody-Goody truck. The jeep parked near the second house in the house compound, while the Goody-Goody truck went straight to the fourth house and then returned to the second house where the jeep was parked. Also among the group were Manuel Mateo, Jr., or June Mateo, the brothers Melanio and Renato Mendoza, a certain Doming, Didong, Lando and Eddie Mata.

It was at the Bay Court Hotel where Martinez spelled out the details of the plan to rob the American Express Bank inside Sangley Point. At about 10:00 a.m., after Martinez had acquired the necessary information as to how the entrance to the U.S. Naval Base at Sangley Point could be effected, the Goody-Goody truck, driven by Emmanuel Caganap, left the Bay Court Hotel and proceeded to the base. Beside Caganap in front of the truck was Gener Filoteo. Inside the truck were Rolando Reyes. Renato and Melanio Mendoza, Doming and Didong. The rest of the group comprising Martinez, Mateo, Cruz, Concepcion and Eddie Mata rode in a jeep in going to Sangley Point.

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Martinez also suave out last-minute instructions. He told the men in the Goody-Goody truck that his group composed of himself, Mateo, Concepcion Cruz, Eddie Mata and Lando and would be outside the base and would fire to confuse the Americans. Martinez further said that if there be any danger, hostages would have to be taken.

And so, at about ten o’clock in the morning of June 4, 1971, in furtherance of the conspiracy, with Caganap driving, with Filoteo beside him, and with Reyes, Melanio and Renato Mendoza, Doming and Didong inside the Goody-Goody truck, the group proceeded towards the American Express Bank inside Sangley Point. While still away from the bank, Gener Filoteo and Renato Mendoza alighted from the Goody-Goody truck and walked to the bank. On the pretext that they were looking for the Administration Building, they asked a U.S. Marine on guard posted at the bank where the Administration Building is located. However, the marine did not understand the question, is he did not answer. Filoteo and Renato Mendoza then asked a Filipino who was there at the moment, and the Filipino pointed to the Administration Building. Filoteo and Renato Mendoza proceeded to cross the street towards the Administration Building. At the moment, the Goody- Goody truck arrived. Immediately, Filoteo and Mendoza returned to the bank pointed their guns at the marine on guard, Para Guadalupe, handcuffed him at the railings of the stairs in front of the bank and took the marine’s shotgun and radio. Almost simultaneously, the armed men inside the Goody-Goody truck alighted and proceeded inside the bank. Filoteo and Renato Mendoza followed but not until after Filoteo had ordered two of the “cuadra” boys to stand guard outside the bank near the handcuffed marine, Para Guadalupe. The latter recognized from the picture, Exhibit “G-3″, the man wearing a cap, and Identified him as Gener Filoteo, as one of the two armed men who approached him, handcuffed him and took his shotgun and radio. According to him the two armed men standing outside the bank near the place where he was handcuffed. fired shots in the air to scare people.

Ismael Bob Pittman, a U.S. marine assigned at the U.S. Naval Base, Sangley Point, was inside the barracks when he heard the bank alarm. Responding to the alarm, Pittman and several other U.S. marines, among whom were Capt. Taylor, S/Sgt. Mc Daniel, Sgt. Greene, Cpl. Mitchell, Pfc. Thompson, boarded a marine truck and proceeded direction of the bank. There was an exchange of gunfire between the marines and the armed men in the bank. Pittman hid behind a tree, but could not return fire as he left his firearm in the marine vehicle. In the ensuing gunbattle Pittman and Para Guadalupe saw Lt. James Plumpowki fatally shot.

Inside the American Express Bank, the employees were performing their usual duties. Helena Parcero was secretary and assistant vault custodian. Nicanor Obtera was senior teller and senior custodian of the bank. Other employees were Lucila Santos. teller No. 5; Edgardo Moncal, teller No. 2; and Angelina Basto The Bank Manager, Robert Gilman, was in his office. When the four or five armed men entered the bank, one of them shouted, “Everybody, do not move; this is a hold-up,” and asked for the Manager. Nicanor Obtera pointed to the Bank Manager, who came out from his office. Upon orders from the armed men, Gilman told Obtera to open the vault. Obtera and Parcero then opened the vault, with two armed men behind them. After the two safes in the vault were opened, the armed man holding a sack ordered Obtera and Parcero to take the pesos from one safe and the dollars from the other safe and to place them in the sack.

During the shooting that ensued, the man armed with a rifle was hit in the head. The bleeding man sat near the grill door of the vault, took off his shirt and tied it around bis head. This man was Identified as Renato Mendoza. Another gunman was shot and who was later Identified as Emmanuel Caganap. One of the gunmen, known as Doming was killed.

Meanwhile, Daniel Luchyz, a U. S. navyman who was standing in front of the American Express Bank at the time the Goody-Goody truck passed, was ordered by the armed man carrying a rifle to go inside the bank, and there he was told by the man carrying .45 caliber pistol and with a gun slung across his shoulder, to carry the sack of money outside the bank. The other armed men took hostages with them, rushed out of the bark towards a parked marine truck, boarded the vehicle, sped towards the west gate and made their exit at the portion of the gate where the wire fence was cut two days before the incident. A group of armed men waited outside the fence for their companions and they all made their escape with the bank loot.

Almost at the same time that the bank heist was happening, another scene was transpiring at the main gate of the U.S. Naval Base at Sangley Point, John L. Tori, Jr. a U.S. marine stationed at Sangley Point, was at the main gate of the base at about ten o’clock in the morning of June 4, 1971 with his wife Joselita Tori to shop at the base commissary. When he heard the alarm, he went back to the gate to close it. Tori heard four shots outside the gate and saw a woman running towards the gate. Tori also saw a man running towards Post No. 3 holding and firing a .45 caliber pistol. Tori Identified him as Manuel Mateo Jr., Tori also saw another armed man who fired his weapon. A jeep with motor still running was parked outside the fence of the base about a yard from the tower post. Tori Identified Esmeraldo Cruz as the one seated inside the jeep with another man with his back turned. After helping to safety a woman and a child inside the gate, Tori ran towards Post No. 3, where marine Elliot J. Grey was on guard duty, positioned at the tower located at the fence along the Street.

Elliot saw a jeep pass the tower three times and at the fourth time, the jeep pulled off in a corner and two men got out of the jeep, who started filing inside the base, one with .45 caliber pistol and the other with a Thompson sub-machine gun. As the two men “fired, they ran down the street behind the jeep which turned to the corner. Elliot then got out of the tower and ran to the main gate, met Tori and helped to move people recover. About two three minutes after the men fired from outside the base, Elliot heard firing from the direction of the American Express Bank. Elliot proceeded to the bank and had an argument with the wife of the Bank Manager, who wanted to go to the bank to see her husband, but Elliot brought her to safety inside a house. Elliot identified Mateo as the gunman who fired the .45 caliber pistol and Martinez as the man who fired the Thompson submachinegun.

Merle Dyer is a journalist of the U.S. Navy, Subic Naval Base. On June 4, 1971, he was assigned to the U.S. Naval Base at Sangley Point as a photographer. Dyer had no actual knowledge that a robbery was being committed at the American Express Bank, but he had a feeling that something was happening from what he saw and heard. He loaded 20 films in his Nikkon 35mm camera, with 105 mm. lens. He positioned himself at the glass of the window in an office about 75 meters away from the scene. In kneeling position, Dyer took several pictures, using 19 of the 20 films in his camera. The films were processed by a technician and photograph officer at the base laboratory. Among the films were being processed, Dyer was outside the door of the laboratory. Among the films developed, the following are the significant ones:

Exhibit “C” depicts an American holding a gun crouched near a panel truck. In the background is the building housing the American Express Bank inside the U.S. Naval Base at Sangley Point Exhibit “C-1-a” depicts an armed in prone position near a tree with a motorcycle nearby . Exhibit “C-2-a” shows an armed man emerging from the bank building which is a sequence to Exhibit “C- l”. Exhibit “C-3-a” shows a dead man near a tree, one of the armed robbers. Exhibit “C-4-a” shows the American hostage, Daniel Luchyz carrying the sack of money and behind him is the gunman later Identified as accused Gener Filoteo. This is a sequence to Exhibit “C”, Exhibit “C-5″ is blowup of Exhibit “C-4″ in which the marine hostage Daniel Luchyz and the up accused Gener Filoteo, Exhibit “G-5-b”, are depicted. Exhibit “C-6″ shows another gunman herding hostages, Exhibit “C-6-a”. Exhibit “C- 7″ shows accused Filoteo at the back of the American hostage Daniel Luchyz, Exhibit “C-7-b” with Goody-Goody truck, Exhibit “C-7-a”, clearly visible. Exhibits “C-8″, “C-9″ and “C-10″ depict accused Renato Mendozawith bandaged head at the back of the Manager of the American Express Bank. Exhibit “C-11″ clearly shows accused Gener Filoteo, Exhibit “C-11-c”, pointing a gun at the American hostage Daniel Luchyz Exhibit “C-11-b”, who was carrying the sack of money near the Goody-Goody truck, Exhibit “C-11-a”. Exhibits “C-12″ and “C-13″ show accused Renato Mendoza with bandaged head, holding a gun behind the Bank Manager with raised hands and the American hostage Daniel Luchyz, Exhibit “C-12-a-l”, Exhibit “C- 13-b-l”, carrying the sack of money near the Goody- Goody truck. Exhibit “C-1 4 clearly shows the accused Renato Mendoza, with bandaged head behind Bank Managers Rolando Reyes, Exhibit “C-14-1″, and Melanio Mendoza, Exhibit “G3″. Exhibits “C-15″ and “C-16″ show the persons being herded by a gunman in front of the bank.

Dr. William Hunter, Jr., a physician of the U.S. Naval Command Institution at San Miguel Zambales was working at the dispensary of the U.S. Naval Base at Sangley Point on June 4, 1971. At about 10:50 a.m. the body of the slain Lt. James Plumpowski was brought into the dispensary. Together with two other doctors, Dr. Hunter examined the body of Lt. Plumpowski found two large wounds on the left side of the chest (Exhibits “B-1-a” and “B-1-b”) and a small wound on the left arm (Exhibit “B-1-c”). The marine officer was dead on arrival at the dispensary (Exhibit “B”). Cause of death was external and internal hemorrhage due to gunshot wounds.

Meanwhile at the Bay Court Hotel where the armed group left Rodrigo Estrebillo and Antonio Araquel driver and helper of the Goody-Goody truck, respectively, it was about 2:30 oclock in the afternoon of June 4, 1971 that the two left the hotel. They went towards the police checkpoint in front thereof and boarded a Saulog bus to Manila. Stopping at Baclaran, Estrebillo and Araquel took the JD transit bound for Monumento, alighting at Mandaluyong and from there proceeded towards Quiapo dropping at the Aguinaldo, Inc. office at V. Mapa, Manila. After Estrebillo reported the incident, he was accompanied to the NBI office by Atty. Fernandez, lawyer of the Aguinaldo, Inc., and there Estrebillo narrated what happened to him and Antonio Araquel Atty. Rogelio M. Carlos, Assistant Chief Legal Counsel of the Aguinaldo, Inc., Identified the Goody-Goody truck as one of the properties of the Aguinaldo, Inc. (Exhibits “H” and “H-l”) valued at $1,500.00 (Exhibit “H-2″) Incidentally, the Goody-Goody truck was released to its owner on July 5, 1971 by the Cavite PC Command at Imus Cavite.

After the robbery, Antonio Laforteza, agent of the American Express Company, conducted an investigation on June 4, 1971, together with the company travelling auditor. The investigation revealed that the loss sustained by the American Express Bank as aresult of the armed robbery amounted to P96,532.38 and $41,120.79 (Exhibit “M”).

Immediately after the robbery of the American Express Bank, PC forces under Col. Daniel G. Lira, PC Cavite Provincial Commander, captured Emmanuel Caganap, one of the wounded gunmen, in a house in Cavite City. Interviewed by M/Sgt. Prospero B. Gapas of the Cavite PC Command, Caganap confessed and admitted his participation in the Sangley Point holdup and named as his companions, Ruben Martinez Enrique Concepcion, Manuel Mateo, Jr., Rolando Reyes, and Renato Mendoza. Caganap also stated in the interview which was reduced into writing by Sgt. Gapas (Exhibit “A”) that Ruben Martinez supplied them with three .45 caliber pistols, two carbines, and three M-16 armalites.

At about 5:30 p.m. of the same day, June 4, 1971, the military authorities under Col. Lira received information that Martinez, Concepcion and Mateo were at the residence of Fiscal Dante Filoteo at 535 Guzman Street, Caridad, Cavite City. The house was cordoned and guarded to prevent escape. At 6:00 p.m., Col. Lira met Fiscal Filoteo two or three blocks away from his house. Fiscal Filoteo was informed that the three suspects in the robbery (Martinez, Concepcion and Mateo) were in his house and that he should help facilitate their surrender, but Fiscal Filoteo refused. At about 8:00 p.m., Col. Lira met Mayor Dones of Cavite City, Governor Montano and Fiscal Filoteo at the Pagoda Restaurant. Montano and Dones joined in convincing Filoteo to help in the surrender of the three suspects. Again Filoteo declined and said he was afraid to go to his house because there might be shooting, Finally, at one o’clock in the morning of June 5, 1971 when Fiscal Filoteo learned that the Chief of the Philippine Constabulary would not countermand Col. Lira’s order, Fiscal Filoteo relented and accompanied by Police Chief Del Rosario of the Cavite City Police, Fiscal Filoteo went to his house. Thereafter, Fiscal Filoteo came out with Martinez, Mateo and Concepcion. Confiscated were an armalite from Concepcion (Exhibit “O-1″) and “a carbine from Martinez (Exhibit “O-2″). The three suspects were brought to Camp Crame immediately for investigation. However, only Martinez gave a statement (Exhibit “U”), while Mateo and Conception refused.

On September 30, 1971, elements of the PC-CIS arrested Rolando Reyes in barrio Pugad, Hagonoy, Bulacan. Taken to the CIS office at Camp Crame, Reyes was investigated by T/Sgt. Marcial Admana on October 1, 1971 in the presence of CIS Senior Agent Berlin Castillo and Investigating Agent Cesar Catibog. In an extra-judicial confession (Exhibit “P”), Rolando Reyes narrated in detail the circumstances surrounding the bank robbery in Sangley Point, Cavite City and he named his co-accused herein as participants in the said robbery.

On December 9, 1972, Gener Filoteo was arrested by CIS agents in his place of work in Cavite City. On December 11, 1972, he gave a statement to the CIS before Sgt. Jacinto Astrero which corroborated in substantial detail the confession of Rolando Reyes. Filoteo’s extrajudicial confession appears in Exhibit “Q”, “Q-l” to “Q-7″ and Identified himself, Rolando Reyes, Renato and Melanio Mendoza in the pictures (Exhibits “Q-8″ and “Q-9″).

On December 16, 1972, the brothers Renato and Melanio Mendoza, accompanied by their mother and former Vice-Mayor of Imus Francisco Herrera, went to see Gen. Cicero Campos at U.P. Village to surrender. As Gen. Campos was not at home, they were told by an aid to proceed to the CIS at Camp Crame. Before Sgt. Astrero Melanio Mendoza executed an extra-judicial confession (Exhibits “R”, “R-l” to “R-3″), describing in detail the armed robbery at the American Express Bank at Sangley Point on June 4, 1671. Melanio Mendoza corroborated in material points the confession of Rolando Reyes and Gener Filoteo. On the other hand, Renato Mendoza executed and signed a statement (Exhibits “S” and “S-l”) affirming the truth of his brother Melanio’s confession. 10

The appellant, Enrique Concepcion, denied having participated in the commission of the crimes charged and interposed the defense of alibi. The trial court summarized his evidence, as follows:

Accused Enrique Concepcion was a police sergeant of Cavite City on June 4, 1971, in-charge of the mobile patrol with tour of duty from 8:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.. According to Concepcion, he went home after his tour of duty was finished, took his snack, and was about to sleep when policeman Esmeraldo Cruz arrived at about past 5:00 a.m. Cruz told him that Vice-Mayor Eduardo de Guzman would like to talk to him about the suspected killer of the brother of the Vice-Mayor. Concepcion told Cruz that he would follow. Cruz rode in the mobile car, while, Concepcion took his jeep.

At Salem Restaurant Concepcion talked to Vice-Mayor De Guzman who told him to go to the check-point to prevent the escape of the killer of his brother. It was past 5:00 a.m. when Concepcion and Cruz left the restaurant. Cruz parked the mobile car at his house and rode with Concepcion in the latter’s service jeep to the check-point, arriving there at 6:00 a.m..

Cpl. Felix Tiongco was at the checkpoint, Tiongco asked Concepcion and Cruz why they came and he was told that Vice- Mayor De Guzman ordered them to be on the look-out for the killer of the Vice-Mayor’s brother, a certain Roberto Javitan. Pat Manuel Mateo, Jr., also arrived at the checkpoint. At about 9:30 a.m., Cpl. Tiongco received a call from the Vice-Mayor and he told him that Concepcion and Cruz may go home already. Tiongco relayed the message of the Vice-Mayor to Concepcion and Cruz.

At the same moment, a spare-parts dealer from Pasay City, Benigno Medina, arrived at the checkpoint in a jeep containing spare parts for a jeep that Concepcion was then assembling. Medina met Concepcion at the checkpoint and they went together in Medina’s jeep to Concepcion’s house at Makisig Street, San Antonio, Cavite City, to deliver the spare parts. After unloading the spare parts, while Concepcion and Medina were having snack, Concepcion’s wife arrived from the market at about 11:00 a.m. She told Concepcion that there was a robbery at Sangley Point. Immediately, Concepcion went to the police headquarters taking Medina’s jeep. He carried with him an armalite and a .38 Cal. revolver. Concepcion asked the Desk Officer Pfc. Virgilio Salazar (now dead) about the Sangley Point incident, and he was told by Salazar that he was a suspect with a shoot-to-kill order for him and that he better see the Police Chief Del Rosario.

Concepcion, went to Del Rosario’s residence and was waiting for more than an hour, when Fiscal Dante Filoteo arrived. Concepcion told Fiscal Filoteo that he was a suspect in the Sangley Point case and that there was a shoot-to-kill order for him by the PC. Filoteo told Concepcion that he would contact the PC Commander about it. Concepcion stayed until about 1:00 p.m. at the house of the Chief of Police, but he left when the Police Department called the Chiefs house that he could not come home. Concepcion then proceeded to Fiscal Filoteo’s house. At about 2:00 p.m., Mateo and Martinez arrived at the Fiscal’s house and told Concepcion that they too were suspects in the Sangley Point robbery; that they also went to the residence of Chief of Police, but did not see him that they were told that Concepcion went to the residence of Fiscal Filoteo; and that they followed to seek the aid of the Fiscal to surrender.

At past midnight of June 5, 1971, Fiscal Filoteo arrived at his house, which was then surrounded by soldiers. Concepcion recognized Fiscal Filoteo and told him to come in. Filoteo led the three-Concepcion, Martinez and Mateo-outside and surrendered them to Col. Lira, the Provincial Commander. According to Concepcion, a.38 caliber revolver was grabbed from his waist by a PC soldier. No receipt was issued to him for the revolver because according to him, there was a commotion when the PC Soldiers disarmed Fiscal Filoteo of his firearm. At past 1:00 a.m., Concepcion, Martinez and Mateo were brought to the CIS, Camp Crame, where they were investigated and charged with illegal Possession of firearms. However, they were acquitted of the offense (Exhibit “3-Concepcion”). 11

This appeal involves the determination of the question of whether or not the accused-appellant Enrique Concepcion conspired with his co-accused in the commission of the crimes charged. Counsel for the appellant contends that there is no iota of proof that the appellant actually participated in the commission of the offenses charged and/or in the furtherance of a conspiracy to rob the American Express Bank at the U.S. Naval Base in Sangley Point, Cavite.

The contention is devoid of merit. Conspiracy need not be proved by direct evidence. It need not be shown that the parties actually came together and agreed in express terms to enter into and pursue a common design. The assent of the minds may be and, from the secrecy of the crime, usually inferred from proof of facts and circumstances which, taken together, indicate that they are parts of some complete whole. If it is proved that two or more persons aimed by their acts, at the accomplishment of the same unlawful object, each doing a part so that their acts, though apparently independent, were in fact connected and cooperative, indicating a closeness of personal association and a concurrence of sentiment, a conspiracy may be inferred though no actual meeting among them to concert ways and means is proved. 12

In the instant cases, the accused Emmanuel Caganap, Rolando Reyes, Gener Filoteo, Melanio Mendoza and Renato Mendoza stated in their extra-judicial confessions given to PC investigators soon after their arrest, 13 that the appellant, Enrique Concepcion, was their companion in robbing the American Express Bank Branch in the U.S. Naval Base in Sangley Point on 4 June 1971. Rolando Reyes and Gener Filoteo also stated that the appellant was one of those who acted as “look-outs” outside the base and waited for them outside the hole they had previously made in the wire fence to facilitate their exit from the naval base. Melanio Mendoza and Gener Filoteo further stated that they saw the appellant inside the Bay Court Hotel talking to Ruben Martinez. These extra-judicial confessions were given when the presumption of law was in favor of spontaneity and voluntariness of a confession and it was incumbent upon the accused to destroy that presumption; 14 and yet, no evidence had been presented to overcome that presumption except the retracting testimonies of Gener Filoteo, Melanio Mendoza, and Renato Mendoza to the effect that they did not give the implicatory statements. However, the accused Emmanuel Caganap and Rolando Reyes, who both pleaded guilty, did not recant their statements. 15 Besides, the recitals therein reflect spontaneity and coherence and are replete with details that only the confessants could have known and supplied.

The appellant claims, however, that the said extra- judicial confessions of his co-accused should not be taken against him following the rule of res inter alios acta.

The cited rule is not absolute. In the case of People v. Ty Sui Wong16 the Court said:

Since People vs. Badilla, the rule which has been reiterated by this Court in various cases is that extrajudicial confessions, independently made without collusion, which are Identical with each other in their essential details and are corroborated by other evidence on record, are admissible as circumstantial evidence against the person implicated to show the probability of the latter’s actual participation in the commission of the crime.

Inasmuch as there is no proof of collusion among the declarants, their confessions should, therefore, be read together to form a complete picture of the commission of the crime and considered collectively as corroborative or confirmatory of the evidence apart from the confessions themselves.

There is no evidence of collusion and the extra-judicial confessions of appellant’s co-accused are corroborated by Marilyn Tordecillas Orendain, wife of the Assistant Manager of the Bay Court Hotel, who declared that she saw the appellant. Enrique Concepcion, at a little past 6:00 o’clock in the morning of 4 June 1971 in the Bay Court Hotel together with the accused Roberto Martinez and five (5) armed men who rode in a jeep and escorted the Goody-Goody truck to the hotel premises and left the hotel together at about 9:00 o’clock that morning.

Conspiracy can also be inferred from the fact that after the commission of the robbery in the U.S. naval base, the accused appellant and his co-accused, Manuel Mateo, Jr. and Roberto Martinez, fled together to the house of Fiscal Dante Filoteo, where they “holed out” until they were persuaded to surrender to the authorities in the early morning of 5 June 1971.

Besides, the alibi of the appellant is riot convincing. His claim that he was in his house at about the time the robbery was perpetrated in Sangley Point, Cavite, looking over the spare parts which were delivered to him by one Benigno Medina, appears to be an afterthought. No record of the alleged transaction was presented in court and the jeep he was supposed to assemble for one Danny Abarro could not be traced. He reasoned that Abarro who is now living abroad, had allegedly sold the jeep to one Penny Lalana who is now deceased.

The appellant’s claim that he went to the house of the chief of police to seek protection after having been told by the desk sergeant that there was a shoot-to-kill order Out for him and that he then transferred to the house of Fiscal Dante Filoteo in order to get the fiscal’s help in surrendering to the police authorities, is incredible. To begin with, the desk sergeant, one Salazar, who is now conveniently deceased, could not have told the appellant at 11:00 o’clock in the morning of 4 June 1971 of an alleged shoot-to-kill order as a result of the robbery in Sangley Point, because his co-accused Emmanuel Caganap, who implicated the appellant in the bank robbery, was investigated only at about 1:35 o’clock in the afternoon of 4 June 1971.

And, if his purpose in going to the house of Fiscal Dante Filoteo was to seek the latter’s help in order to surrender, why did he not surrender to Fiscal Filoteo earlier when they met at the house of the chief of police? Again, there was no point in going to Fiscal Filoteo in order to surrender when he was already at the police station and all he had to do was to give up to the desk sergeant. It is unfortunate that the said desk sergeant is already dead and cannot answer the appellant’s charge that he was remiss in the performance of his duty to arrest the appellant, pursuant to the shoot-to-kill order.

Moreover, the Court has held in a great number of cases that for alibi to prosper. It is not enough to prove that the accused was somewhere else when the crime was committed, but it must be also shown that it was physically impossible for him to have been at the scene of the crime at the time of its commission. 17

The appellant was in Cavite City when the robbery was committed and his then proximity to the scene of the crime does not rule the possibility that he could be at the scene of the crime at the time it was committed. In fact, the trial court found that the ‘flimsiness of the defense of alibi is exposed by the nearness of the accused to the scene of the crime. 18

The trial court found the appellant guilty of the crime of Robbery in Band with Homicide. This is not correct. In the case of People vs. Pedroso19 the Court said:

… There is no special complex crime of robbery in band with double homicide and/or serious, less serious or slight physical injuries under the present Code, as amended by Republic Act No. 373. If robbery with homicide (or with the other crimes enumerated above) is committed by a band, the indictable offense would still be denominated as “robbery with homicide” under Article 294(l), but the circumstance that it was committed by a band is not an element of the crime but is merely a generic aggravating circumstance which may be offset by mitigating circumstances. The homicides or murders and physical injuries , irrespective of their numbers, committed on the occasion or by reason of the robbery are merged in the composite crime of “robbery homicide.”… (Emphasis supplied)

Accordingly, the appellant should be found guilty of the crime of “Robbery with Homicide.” The penalty of ofreclusion perpetua imposed by the trial court is correct. But, the amount to be paid to the heirs of the slain marine officer should be increased to P30,000.00 in line with the recent decisions of the Court.

We also find that the penalty imposed upon the appellant, Enrique Concepcion, in Crim. Cases Nos. CCC-VII-844, CCC-VII-845, and CCC-VII-846-Cavite City, is not in accord with law. The penalty provided for the offense under Article 294, No. 5, of the Revised Penal Code, as amended, is prision correccional in its maximum period to prision mayor in its medium period, or which is four (4) years, two (2) months and one (1) day to ten (10) years. Applying the Indeterminate Sentence Law, the minimum period to be imposed should be within the range of the penalty next lower in degree, which is arresto mayor in its maximum period to prision correccional in its medium period, or from four (4) months and one (1) day to four (4) years and two (2) months. The minimum of the period imposed by the trial court, which is four (4) years, two (2) months and one (1) day, is obviously beyond the period provided for by law. It should be reduced accordingly.

With respect to the maximum period, there being two (2) aggravating circumstances and no mitigating circumstance, the maximum of the period, which is ten (10) years, should be imposed. The correct penalty to be imposed upon the appellant, Enrique Concepcion, in each of the three (3) aforementioned cases (CCC-VII-844, CCC-VII-845, CCC-VII-846-Cavite City) should, therefore, be imprisonment of from four (4) years and two (2) months, as minimum, to ten (10) years, as maximum.

WHEREFORE, with the modifications above-indicated, the judgment appealed from is hereby AFFIRMED. With costs.

SO ORDERED.

Paras, Sarmiento and Regalado, JJ., concur.

Melencio-Herrera (Chairman), J., is on leave.

Footnotes

1 Original Record of CCC-VII-843-Cavite City, p. 5.

2 Original Record of CCC-VII-844-Cavite City, pp. 1-2.

3 Original Record of CCC-VII-845-Cavite City, pp. 1-2.

4 Original Record of CCC-VII-846-Cavite City, pp. 1-2.

5 Original Record, p. 22.

6 Id., p. 659.

7 Id., p. 418.

8 Brief for defendant-appellant, pp. 97-100, Rollo, p. 74.

9 Rollo, p. 85; Original Record, p. 1410.

10 Brief of the appellee, pp. 5-20, Rollo, p. 86.

11 Brief for the appellee, pp. 21-24, Rollo, p. 86.

12 People vs. Carbonell, 48 Phil. 868.

13 Exhibits A, P, Q, R and S.

14 People vs. Legaspi, G.R. Nos. 55103-04, August 18, 1988 164 SCRA 481, 488, citing People vs. Garcia, 101 Phil. 616.

15 See tsn of July 12, 1971, pp. 6-27 and tsn of February 5, 1972, p. 11.

16 G.R. No. L-32529, May l2, 1978, 83 SCRA 125, 163.

17 People vs. Mercado, G.R. Nos. L-39511-13, April 28, 1980, 97 SCRA 232, 247.

18 Brief for defendant-appellant . p. 86, Rollo. p. 74.

19 G.R. No. L-32997, July 30, 1982, 115 SCRA 599, 608-609.


The Lawphil Project – Arellano Law Foundation

Reflections on a glorious birthday Nov 1959

Reflections on a glorious birthday

The first Marine Corps Birthday I attended was at Subic Bay in the Philippines; Nov 1959. I was stationed at Marine Barracks Cubi Point, a dedicated post flanker on my third year in the Corps, seventeenth month in the PI; holding down and serving well the grand rank of Private First Class--proud as punch of that stripe. 

On previous birthdays I'd pulled duty and only got part of the cake but none of the party. That night would be the first time ever to actually be present and accounted for at a Marine Corps Birthday Party. Anticipation in the off duty section of the barracks was high; shoes were shined to a high gloss, uniforms pressed, emblems coated, brass polished, piss cutters set at a rakish angle--the Cubi Marines were ready, and damn, we looked good!

Off we went.

The party was held Mainside at a brand new club and things started out just peachy. Several of us from Cubi were seated around a table, spiffed to the nines in our class A tropicals minus ties. San Miguel beer flowed like water and a dance band played "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes", "As Time Goes By", and the like; however, there were only about three 
Filipino women present among roughly one hundred Marines from both Cubi and Mainside, so not a whole lot of dancing took place. But the testosterone was there.

It wasn't long before we were all pretty mellow and enjoying a high degree of fellowship as each of us grew more handsome and intelligent with the downing of each beer and the telling of each sea story. 

The cake arrived, was cut by the commanding officer, Col Cash, the ceremony played out and we all enjoyed cake and beer--not an unusual combination at that point in our lives.

Back to more beer.

Not long into the evening, a fight broke out at one of the tables behind ours. Not to worry, we did a lot of that in the PI and a fight was generally part of the evening's entertainment in that fair and exotic city of Olongapo and we were quite used to them. Seems some Sailors and a couple of Marines were in disagreement; which was not unusual either and another thing not to worry about. When the dust settled, the few Sailors who had come were gone.

Then a fight between some Mainside and Cubi Marines broke out. Now things were getting personal.
The band sagely struck up the Marine Hymn and we all abruptly snapped to attention amid a clutter of broken bottles and puddles of beer. The fighting stopped.

The hymn ended and we took our seats and continued downing beer, although a tad on the edgy side.

Then another fight, only this one spread out a bit and involved a few more tables; which began going over with loud crashes. And then a few more tables. More beer bottles flew thru the air. The Marines at Young's table put their backs to the wall and stood their ground, wisely not entering into the fisticuffs and acting only as observers.

By now, the floor of the club was awash in beer and broken bottles as fists continued to fly and Marines cursed and struggled.

The band again struck up the Marine Hymn and for a brief moment, we all came to attention. Then someone threw a bottle at the band. Then some more bottles. The band quickly decamped, the singer hiking up her evening gown above her knees and sprinting like a cat in high heels for the nearest door.

The fighting grew and spilled out of the club onto a surrounding field. One of Young's buddies was jumped by a Mainside Marine and down they went. Another Marine jumped in and now it was two on one against a Cubi Marine. 
Things were really personal now and a wrong had to be righted!

Young grabbed one of the two and was in turn grabbed from behind by some guy who was strong as an ox and hit like a mule!

Down they went and Young was saved by the fact that he landed on top and began to hammer on the mule guy with everything he had; barely holding his own. Young's collar got ripped from his shirt, left hanging by a thread. His lip got fattened and a gash appeared on his forehead. Realizing that if he let go of the mule and for some reason stopped pounding on him, Young would get the beating of his life. He hung on with everything he had and pounded away; trapped, CAGED! And wondering how it the hell was he going to get out of this mess--there was no letting go!

Whistles started blowing from every quarter; AFP and Shore Patrol raced onto the scene and swung into action with their clubs; whacking first and asking questions later---which was the norm at the time.

To the sound of thumping billies and much yelling and cursing, the fighting abruptly ended. Young was rescued from his battle with the mule, which at that point was not going at all well!

Off we scattered like quail. 

A Sailor staggered out of the dark holding a bleeding head, claiming he'd been hit by a brick, small pockets of Marines continued to fight out of range of the AFP, sirens screamed as patrol cars and paddy wagons arrived. 

Young and several of his buddies were stopped, shoved inside a paddy wagon and transported to the AFP station near the main gate. The brigs were full, so we sat on benches lining one wall; somewhat sobered and subdued by the evening's event and our new surroundings.

And there was Young at the pokey, bleeding from the head, a fat lip, loose teeth, collar hanging by a thread, trousers grass-stained and muddy, formerly spit-shined shoes scuffed and filthy, brass dull, aching from head to toe. 

And grinning from ear to ear.

It had been a glorious Marine Corps Birthday. My first and never to be equaled, real, Marine Corps Birthday. One to be cherished until my dying day. It was wonderful with a fight scene just like in the movies!
We were released at midnight and returned to our barracks, chewed out by a cigar chomping 1st Sgt by the name of Armond who seemed to mistake every Marine within reach as, a "low-down, yellow bellied skunk!" and returned to duty.

And that was the end of that.

Semper Fi, and Happy Birthday. Paul R. Young

Standing left to right

Pfc Olgalsby, Pfc A. Young, Pvt Patrick, Pfc Paul Young, Cpl ?

Kneeling left to right

Pvt Lopez, Cpl Montgomery, Pfc Roberts


					

Cubi Bar Café, National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola FL

Cubi Bar Café

Opened in 1996, the Cubi Bar Café is not only a restaurant, but a popular Museum exhibit! The Cafe’s decor and layout duplicates the bar area of the famous Cubi Point Officers’ Club that was a major source of enjoyment for Navy and Marine Corps squadrons, ships and units as they passed into the Western Pacific.

Cubi Bar Cafe

For nearly 40 years, the NAS Cubi Point Officers’ Club, in the Republic of the Philippines, was a marvelous mix of American efficiency and Filipino hospitality. The club was especially famous for its Plaque Bar, where transiting squadrons retired old plaques and commissioned new ones to commemorate each WestPac tour. The tradition of placing plaques in the O’ Club bar was started during the Vietnam Conflict and endured until the closing of the base in 1992.

When the original officers’ club was closed in 1992, the thousands of plaques that adorned the walls of the club as tokens of thanks were packed up and sent to the Museum to be placed as they were when the Cubi Club was closed. The legacy of this Cubi Bar brings back many memories to aviators whose squadron plaques decorate the walls.

The Cubi Bar Café is open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and serves soups, salads, deli sandwiches and dessert. Our breads are baked fresh daily. Most menu items bear names that are a tribute to aviation, such as Aviator Sandwich and the Chicken Pita Pilot. Download our menu or view our Catering Information.

http://www.navalaviationmuseum.org/PlanYourVisit/CubiBarCafe.aspx