Exclusive! Clown Around with the Comedy Kings of Something Rotten!

first_imgThe new musical Something Rotten! is packed with hilarious stars, including four veteran funnymen that have a staggering 38 Broadway credits between them: Brooks Ashmanskas, Peter Bartlett, Gerry Vichi and Brad Oscar. These comedy all-stars have been creating show-stopping, knee-slapping performances for decades, and they’re making ‘em roll in the aisles once again in Something Rotten, a new musical about the very first musical in history. Broadway.com spent the afternoon clowning around at the St. James Theatre with these four Broadway greats! BROOKS ASHMANSKAS(Brother Jeremiah)The secret to great comedy: Accepting that there isn’t one.The funniest person in the cast: It rhymes with “LOOKS TRASHMANSKAS.”The silliest thing I ever did as a kid: Thinking I’d grow up to be attractive.The funniest person in my family: My dad.The most hilarious movie of all time: The Deer Hunter.The funniest part of my Something Rotten! costume: That lightning strikes when I put it on.I will always crack up when I see… A man and a woman together. View Comments GERRY VICHI(Shylock)The secret to great comedy: The secret to great comedy… The secret to great comedy, oh god, the secret to great comedy… the secret is repeating the same words over and over again.The most hilarious movie of all time: Young Frankenstein.The craziest costume I’ve ever worn: I was an egg hanging on a tree in an English chocolate commercial.The funniest person in the cast: Brad Ashmanskas. If there was a war, you’d only need those two guys and the enemy would laugh themselves to death.I always crack up when I see… Two people bump into each other.My comedy hero: Sid Caesar. He was a fantastic mime and completely inventive on his feet.I’ll do anything for a laugh, except… Take my clothes off. That would be the ugliest thing in the world. Something Rotten! Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017 Related Shows BRAD OSCAR(Nostradamus)The most hilarious movie of all time: Arthur. 1981, not the remake.The craziest costume I’ve ever worn: Baby New Year as the Emcee in Cabaret. Me in a big diaper and baby bonnet? Now that’s comedy…The funniest person in the cast: I regret writing this already, but it’s Brooks.The funniest person in my family: My sister Victoria.The funniest part of my Something Rotten! costume: Me in it, hopefully.My comedy hero: Beatrice ArthurI’ll do anything for a laugh, except… Get naked. PETER BARTLETT(Lord Clapham)The craziest costume I’ve ever worn: That bloody heavy clock as Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast.The silliest thing I did as a kid: Grew up.The funniest person in the cast: This is a rhetorical question, correct?The funniest part of my Something Rotten! costume: That beautiful purple plume.I will always crack up when… I see or read anything by the glorious Paul Rudnick.Comedy I could sit through over and over: The film of Auntie Mame, my favorite scene being when Mame visits the Upsons in Darien.I’ll do anything for a laugh, except… Self immolate.last_img read more

Execs at Coal Giant Rio Tinto Face Fraud Charges For Overstating Mine’s Worth by Billions

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Tuesday charged mining company Rio Tinto Plc (RIO.L) (RIO.AX) and two of its former top executives with fraud, saying they inflated the value of coal assets in Mozambique and concealed critical information while tapping the market for billions of dollars.The U.K.’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) also said on Tuesday it had reached a settlement with Rio Tinto under which the company would pay a fine of £27 million ($35.6 million) to settle claims that it breached accounting rules in connection with the Mozambique assets.The Mozambican coal business, which relied on barging the product down the Zambezi River to export via a planned port on the coast, was acquired for $3.7 billion in 2011 from Riversdale Mining and sold a few years later for $50 million.In a lawsuit filed in U.S. federal court in Manhattan, the SEC said Rio Tinto, former Chief Executive Officer Thomas Albanese, and former Chief Financial Officer Guy Elliott failed to follow accounting standards and company policies to accurately value and record the assets.The SEC said that soon after the deal was completed, Rio Tinto learned that the acquisition would yield less coal, and of a lower quality, than expected. The global miner could only transport and sell a fraction of the coal it had originally assumed, the SEC said.By making misleading public statements, Rio Tinto and the executives were able to raise $5.5 billion from U.S. investors, the SEC said. They continued to solicit the investments even after executives of the Mozambique subsidiary told Albanese and Elliott that the unit was likely worth negative $680 million, according to the SEC.CNN Money:One of the world’s biggest mining companies and two of its former top executives are in trouble for allegedly overstating the value of a mine in Africa by billions of dollars.Authorities in the U.S. and the U.K. have accused Rio Tinto (RIO), its former chief executive Tom Albanese and former finance chief Guy Elliott of hiding from shareholders the true value of a coal mine in Mozambique that the company bought for $3.7 billion in 2011.The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission claims that Rio Tinto realized the mine was worth significantly less within a year of purchasing it, but did not share that information with investors until 2013. In a filing with a district court in New York, the SEC accused the company and the two former senior executives of fraud.The U.K. Financial Conduct Authority said there were indications that the mine should have been revalued when the company was reporting mid-year earnings in 2012, and the failure to do so represented “a serious lack of judgment.”In a statement, Rio Tinto said it would “vigorously defend itself” in the SEC case. It said it had settled separately with the FCA — the U.K.’s financial market regulator — and will pay a fine of about £27 million ($36 million) for failing to carry out an impairment test of the value of the mine.“Rio Tinto believes that the SEC case is unwarranted and that, when all the facts are considered by the court, or if necessary by a jury, the SEC’s claims will be rejected,” it said.“The FCA made no findings of fraud, or of any systemic or widespread failure,” the company added.Rio Tinto agreed to settle at an early stage of the FCA investigation, otherwise it would have been fined $51 million.In its complaint filed Tuesday, the SEC accused Rio Tinto, Albanese and Elliott of trying “to conceal the rapid and dramatic decline in value” of the coal business.The mining giant continued to value the business at more than $3 billion through 2011 and 2012 even after discovering early on that it could sell “only about five percent” of the coal it had originally anticipated, and that the mine had “significantly less and lower quality coal” than it initially assumed, the SEC complaint states.The company ultimately sold the Mozambique mine for just $50 million in 2014.Albanese was removed from the top job at Rio Tinto in 2013 after the company wrote down the value of its assets by $14 billion. He resigned as CEO of another mining giant, Vedanta Resources (VEDL), in August.More: Rio Tinto accused of fraud over ‘$3 billion’ coal mine Execs at Coal Giant Rio Tinto Face Fraud Charges For Overstating Mine’s Worth by Billionslast_img read more

E-mails seized by Colombian National Army reveal FARC financial turmoil

first_imgThey reveal that even as the FARC participates in peace talks with the government in Havana, it is actively planning and engaging in criminal enterprises. Some of the e-mails show that the terrorist group is experiencing financial difficulties, in part because of the successful efforts of the Colombian military and police. In one e-mail, FARC leader Rodrigo Londoño Echeverri – known as “Timochenko” – acknowledged the terrorist group has been “weakened” because of the work of the Colombian Armed Forces and police, with support from the United States. In the department of Meta, located in the southeastern part of the country, the FARC’s financial situation was so dire that the leaders of the Eastern Bloc were constantly asking their subordinates to compile accounting reports on the state of their investments, so they can monitor what is going on with every last cent. Some members  of the terrorist group suggested increasing revenue through kidnappings in areas under the influence of its 53rd Front, which is controlled by FARC leader Henry Castellanos Garzón, also known as “Romaña.” In 2012, his group had debts in excess of $1 million (USD) according to some of the e-mails.  The Eastern Bloc of the FARC also sought alternative sources of revenue. Since at least 2011, it has engaged in alternatives to drug trafficking to raise revenue, such as selling cattle, some of the captured e-mails show. FARC extortion schemes detected The FARC planned on demanding $1 million (USD) from petroleum companies for every active oil well, and a payment of (USD) $5 for every barrel of oil extracted. “In areas where there are mines for gold, emeralds, gravel (…) we will impose a 20 percent fee on production,” one of the e-mails says. The FARC planned on forcing government contractors to pay 10 percent of their profits to the terrorist group. For example, the FARC planned on charging companies which pave highways a minimum of 30 million pesos. Some e-mails even suggested the FARC invest in Ecopetrol stock. A bold operation by Army soldiers led to the capture of the computers which contained the FARC e-mails. The FARC planned on demanding $1 million (USD) from petroleum companies for every active oil well, and a payment of (USD) $5 for every barrel of oil extracted. The terrorist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) planned a massive extortion scheme this year to alleviate its severe financial problems, according to e-mails analyzed by Colombian security forces in recent months. “The most worrisome part is really that, after analyzing these figure [sic], which are partial, it’s clear that we are burning our money,” one FARC e-mail said. “And if we keep going at this rate, selling 2,000 head of cattle every four months, we’ll have about a year and some odd months left.” The terrorist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) planned a massive extortion scheme this year to alleviate its severe financial problems, according to e-mails analyzed by Colombian security forces in recent months. “The most worrisome part is really that, after analyzing these figure [sic], which are partial, it’s clear that we are burning our money,” one FARC e-mail said. “And if we keep going at this rate, selling 2,000 head of cattle every four months, we’ll have about a year and some odd months left.” The FARC e-mails show that the terrorist group is fragmented, with various fronts struggling on their own to raise revenue. “The FARC are not as wealthy as we believed. If we examine the accounts, we must conclude that each guerrilla unit, after 50 years of fighting, is left with less than 20 million pesos ($10,000 USD).” That is Santos’ version of peace, that is the frailty of Colombia’s legal representative. Instead of strengthening the fight by every means attacking financial logistical fronts, support, arms purchases, fighters, militias, guerrilla fighters infiltrated as students at the different universities, high-level unemployed public servants, politicians pretending to be Polo de Moir, PCC, etc. attacking illegal mining which belongs in great percent to the guerrilla. Stop extortion, Mr. President you are the only who swallows frogs and crocodiles as a whole. The Colombian people now know where the peace process is headed, may God take us after we’ve confessed as the grandmothers say, we want peace, not to have the state surrendered to a bunch of criminals and bullies. The core still needs to be targeted. Infiltrated guerillas as students from different universities, high ranking public officials. In February, Army troops attacked a FARC encampment near the municipality of Vista Hermosa, in the department of Meta, where leaders of the Eastern Bloc were gathered. Eight FARC terrorists were killed and the survivors fled, leaving behind computers and encrypted flash drives. “The great insight from these emails is that the guerrilla forces no longer have a system for the different fronts to work together,” said Daniel Rico, a Colombian security analyst. “Where before there were various fronts that were united and each worked on specific links in the drug production chain, now there are scattered groups struggling to survive without relying on or lending support to each other.” “The FARC are not as wealthy as we believed. If we examine the accounts, we must conclude that each guerrilla unit, after 50 years of fighting, is left with less than 20 million pesos ($10,000 USD).” To try to improve its finances, the Southern Bloc of the FARC planned on engaging in a series of extortion schemes against large businesses, according to an e-mail from the spring of 2013. Bold operation leads to seizure of FARC computers The e-mails came from laptops seized by the Colombian National Army from a FARC encampment in February 2014. Since then, nearly 50 Colombian National Police investigators and intelligence officers have spent months combing through the messages for intelligence. Colombia and the U.S. are cooperating in the fight against the FARC and other terrorist organizations, primarily by sharing information and resources. FARC extortion schemes detected A bold operation by Army soldiers led to the capture of the computers which contained the FARC e-mails. The e-mails came from laptops seized by the Colombian National Army from a FARC encampment in February 2014. Since then, nearly 50 Colombian National Police investigators and intelligence officers have spent months combing through the messages for intelligence. The FARC e-mails show that the terrorist group is fragmented, with various fronts struggling on their own to raise revenue. Bold operation leads to seizure of FARC computers They reveal that even as the FARC participates in peace talks with the government in Havana, it is actively planning and engaging in criminal enterprises. Some of the e-mails show that the terrorist group is experiencing financial difficulties, in part because of the successful efforts of the Colombian military and police. In one e-mail, FARC leader Rodrigo Londoño Echeverri – known as “Timochenko” – acknowledged the terrorist group has been “weakened” because of the work of the Colombian Armed Forces and police, with support from the United States. In the department of Meta, located in the southeastern part of the country, the FARC’s financial situation was so dire that the leaders of the Eastern Bloc were constantly asking their subordinates to compile accounting reports on the state of their investments, so they can monitor what is going on with every last cent. Some members  of the terrorist group suggested increasing revenue through kidnappings in areas under the influence of its 53rd Front, which is controlled by FARC leader Henry Castellanos Garzón, also known as “Romaña.” In 2012, his group had debts in excess of $1 million (USD) according to some of the e-mails.  “In areas where there are mines for gold, emeralds, gravel (…) we will impose a 20 percent fee on production,” one of the e-mails says. The FARC planned on forcing government contractors to pay 10 percent of their profits to the terrorist group. For example, the FARC planned on charging companies which pave highways a minimum of 30 million pesos. Some e-mails even suggested the FARC invest in Ecopetrol stock. Colombia and the U.S. are cooperating in the fight against the FARC and other terrorist organizations, primarily by sharing information and resources. To try to improve its finances, the Southern Bloc of the FARC planned on engaging in a series of extortion schemes against large businesses, according to an e-mail from the spring of 2013. In February, Army troops attacked a FARC encampment near the municipality of Vista Hermosa, in the department of Meta, where leaders of the Eastern Bloc were gathered. Eight FARC terrorists were killed and the survivors fled, leaving behind computers and encrypted flash drives. The Eastern Bloc of the FARC also sought alternative sources of revenue. Since at least 2011, it has engaged in alternatives to drug trafficking to raise revenue, such as selling cattle, some of the captured e-mails show. “The great insight from these emails is that the guerrilla forces no longer have a system for the different fronts to work together,” said Daniel Rico, a Colombian security analyst. “Where before there were various fronts that were united and each worked on specific links in the drug production chain, now there are scattered groups struggling to survive without relying on or lending support to each other.” By Dialogo October 21, 2014last_img read more

4 ways to stick to your budget

first_img 173SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details When you’re adjusting to keeping a budget, it can be tempting to give up. If you’re having trouble staying with your budget, here are a few things that could help…Keep it real: Maybe you didn’t allot enough money in certain areas of your budget. If this is the case, try and find a happy medium that is more realistic so you can still cut back a little bit.Automate when you can: Having trouble saving? We’ve all been there. If you have direct deposit at work, figure out how much you want to put aside every month, and have that amount automatically put into your savings account. This way, you can set it and forget it.Be flexible: When you’re originally planning a budget, you may think you know exactly how much you plan on spending. While that sounds great in theory, you’ll probably have to reasses things a few times. Make sure your budget includes some flexible money that you can use in different areas when needed.Be patient: Don’t spend it all in one place. If you drain your budget in the first week, the rest of the month is going to be a lot less fun. Do your best to make your money last each month, and it’ll be a lot more pleasant.last_img read more

Do you know where your report data is?

first_imgA typical credit union downloads its report bundles daily from its processors. Usually, the only option is to store those highly sensitive Payment Card Industry (PCI) report bundles on a network drive, with some level of appropriate user access controls. The reports contain 16-digit card numbers, transaction-level details, and Personally Identifiable Information (PII) of credit union members. However, the network drive is not in a PCI compliant environment. Does this sound familiar? More importantly, do you know where your processor reports are being stored?More and more board of directors and auditors are getting involved in this area of security and asking pertinent questions regarding the storage of information. Even if you do not believe that a data breach is a possibility (which is a false sense of security), this is still not the proper way to store and secure your reports.Several tools on the market can solve this concern by extracting the reports, securely transmitting the data from the reports using File Transfer Protocol Secure (FTPS), and storing the report data in a secure environment, rather than on network drives. A side benefit of taking this action is to transform the report data into searchable data, which can be used by analysis tools.When deciding which tool to use, here are some of the factors to consider: continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Unai Emery provides fitness update on Aaron Ramsey after Arsenal star suffers injury against Napoli

first_imgAaron Ramsey sustained a hamstring injury against Napoli (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery admits he doesn’t know if Aaron Ramsey has already played his last game for Arsenal.The 28-year-old, who will join Juventus on a free transfer in the summer, limped off in the 31st minute after sustaining a hamstring strain during Arsenal’s Europa League win over Napoli on Thursday.Alexandre Lacazette’s stunning free-kick secured a 1-0 win away from home to book a last four showdown with Valencia, one of Emery’s former clubs.Arsenal will, however, almost certainly be without the Wales international, scorer of two FA Cup final winning goals, although Emery admitted it was too early to judge the severity of the injury.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAsked if Ramsey has played his last game for Arsenal, he responded: ‘I don’t know.‘It is a muscular injury. Normally it will be some weeks out for him. But we have other players and we can find a performance and rotate players.’On the prospect of facing Valencia, who knocked out fellow Spanish side Villarreal, Emery added: ‘I am proud of the players. We started very well.📊 Unai Emery’s first 50 games as head coach of Arsenal…Won – 32Drawn – 7Lost – 11Goals scored – 97Goals conceded – 53🎼 #ElMaestro pic.twitter.com/Uiu2mEFJm6— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) April 18, 2019 Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 18 Apr 2019 10:42 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link53Shares Unai Emery provides fitness update on Aaron Ramsey after Arsenal star suffers injury against Napoli ‘The first half was good because after we scored we continued not to give them opportunities.‘We defended well second half. In the two matches we can be happy to win against Napoli.‘They are a very good team with goods players. It will be a difficult match for us.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pulls out of Gabon squad due to injury

first_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 8 Oct 2020 5:00 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.1kShares Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will miss Gabon’s next match due to injury (Getty Images)Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has pulled out of Gabon’s friendly against Benin due to an ankle injury.The striker was on the receiving end of a heavy challenge from Sander Berge during Arsenal’s 2-1 victory over Sheffield United last Sunday.Aubameyang hobbled away from the tackle but managed to complete the match as goals from Bukayo Saka and Nicolas Pepe sealed the win for Mikel Arteta’s side.Aubameyang had been called up for Gabon’s national side ahead of their match against Benin on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENTBut the 31-year-old has withdrawn from the squad and will not take part in the game.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Aubameyang suffers from a small sprained ankle, contracted on Sunday, during the Premier League match against Sheffield United,’ said Gabon coach Patrice Neveu. Comment Advertisement Advertisement Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang injured his ankle following a heavy tackle from Sander Berge (AFP via Getty Images)‘The Arsenal doctor sent me a certificate indicating his unavailability. He is in care for a week.’Aubameyang could now be a doubt for Arsenal’s next Premier League fixture against Manchester City on October 17.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal could also be without Kieran Tierney for the match against City after he was instructed to self-isolate for 14 days.The left-back was identified as a person who had come into close contact with Scotland teammate Stuart Armstrong, who has tested positive for coronavirus during the international break.However, Arsenal insist that Tierney has not broken any Covid-19 protocols.‘Our medical team have confirmed that Kieran was socially distant at all times from the player who tested positive and has broken no rules regarding Covid-19 protocols,’ read a statement from the Gunners.‘We are currently seeking further advice and clarification of the details.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pulls out of Gabon squad due to injurylast_img read more

Investment Association hits back at ‘hidden-fees hysteria’

first_img“Contrary to this expectation,” the paper adds, “funds actually covered both ongoing charges and explicit transaction costs and delivered returns higher than that of the benchmark.”The paper examines costs of 1,350 equity funds over a three-year period, starting in June 2012, covering UK and global equity funds but also those in the IA’s Asian and North American sectors.It finds that, across the universe of UK All Company funds, costs stand at 30 basis points.“Explicit transaction costs,” it adds, “are by far the largest component of total investment costs, and of that, approximately two-thirds are tax and one-third commission.”Jonathan Lipkin, director of public policy at the IA, insisted the industry should be judged on actual performance rather than “perceptions of delivery”.“Our research with Fitz Partners is a detailed empirical analysis of equity fund performance in the context of quantified charges and costs,” he said.The IA’s condemnation of supposed hysteria surrounding management fees comes amid a push by the UK pensions industry for greater transparency on management fees.The association has already responded by promising to launch a new disclosure framework, with the board advising on its creation to be chaired by Mark Fawcett of the National Employment Savings Trust.The new code is likely to draw on the work undertaken by UK local authority funds, with a standalone consultation on its own voluntary code for fees to be launched in the coming weeks.The initiatives come amid a push for the UK to adopt a disclosure code based on the mandatory framework agreed for Dutch pension funds. The UK investment industry has hit back against claims of high hidden fees charged by fund managers, equating their existence with that of the mythical Loch Ness monster.The Investment Association (IA) said that, while it took allegations of hidden fees seriously, those claiming the use of such fees had yet to prove their existence conclusively.It noted that research, conducted by Fitz Partners, found that the average turnover rate of equity funds examined was 40%, which it claimed cast doubt on “hidden-fees hysteria”.Based on the 40% turnover rate, the research estimated transaction costs across the funds stood at 0.17%, with ongoing charge costs of 1.42% across the examined universe.last_img read more

Argentina’s ‘Peronists’ sweep back into power

first_imgPresidential candidate Alberto Fernandez and running mate former President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner celebrate after the election results in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Oct. 27. REUTERS/AGUSTIN MARCARIAN BUENOS AIRES – Argentina’s Peronistsswept back into power, ousting conservative president Mauricio Macri in anelection result on Sunday. Macri conceded the race andcongratulated Fernandez who had been the “favorite” since winning a landslidevictory in primaries in August. Peronist Alberto Fernandez had 47.79percent of the vote, ahead of Macri’s 40.71 percent, with over 90 percent ofthe ballots counted.  Argentina is one of the world’s topgrain exporters, stirring the energy world with its huge Vaca Muerta shalefield and is on the cusp of restructuring talks with creditors over $100billion in debt.(Reuters)last_img read more

Drug-related? Gunmen ambush brod of ex-Bacolod councilor

first_imgIn a speech on January 2019, President Duterte said he assigned Espenido, who got a one-rank promotion from Major to Lieutenant Colonel, to Bacolod because it was “badly hit” by illegal drugs. This is the car of businessman Robert Tan that gunmen peppered with bullets in Barangay Estefania, Bacolod City on Dec. 15, 2019. The glass window on the driver’s side sustained five bullet holes. ARCHIE REY ALIPALO/PN The attack on Robert was staged a yearafter younger brother Ricardo – whom President Rodrigo Duterte linked to illegaldrugs – and wife Anita were ambushed on Dec. 14, 2018 in Purok Tagaytay,Barangay Alangilan. The Police Regional Office 6 hasacknowledged that drug trafficking remains a problem in Bacolod City and NegrosOccidental. Just this October, President Duterte reassigned controversialPolice Major Jovie Espenido from Northern Mindanao to Western Visayas. The Tan couple owned the popular CampuestohanHighland Resort in Talisay City, Negros Occidental. Following the ambush, Ricardo disappeared from public view and his whereabouts as ofthis writing remained unknown. President Duterte linked Tan to theillegal drug trade during a private birthday party of an official of VallacarTransit, Inc. at a hotel in the city in January 2019. Ricardo and Anita were unharmed butthis left the then councilor shaken. He took a sick leave from the SangguniangPanlungsod until the expiration of his term as councilor on June 30 this year. As of this writing, the gunmen’sidentities remained unknown. Clearly, he said, this kind ofincidents should not be dismissed as isolated. “At least binigyan tayo ng karapatan ni Presidente. Iyon angpinaka the best na high morale. Pero ganoon pa man, tayo ang nasa ground. We have our mandate sa batasto protect the lives and property of the people,” said Espenido. The ambush on Robert was the latest ina series of attacks here by motorcycle-riding gunmen, said Espino, some victimsof which were businessmen. Robert was driving his Nissan Sentrasedan when ambushed.  According towitnesses, the gunmen fired at him six times. The car then crashed against therear of a pickup. Just this Dec. 3, businessman OntaoSacar was found dead in Barangay Mandalagan hours after he was abducted inBarangay 8. center_img Probers linked Sacar to illegal drugsbut his family denied this. Espenido led the drug raid that killed Ozamiz City mayor Reynaldo Parojinog, his wife and several others in July 2017. He was the police chief in Albuera, Leyte when then mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr., who was detained for charges of illegal drugs and illegal possession of firearms, was killed in his cell in November 2016. BACOLOD City – An elder brother offormer councilor Ricardo “Cano” Tan was ambushed by motorcycle-riding gunmen ataround 9:45 a.m. yesterday on CL Montelibano Avenue, Greens Ville 1Subdivision, Barangay Estefania. An alarmed Councilor Al Victor Espino,chairperson of the Sangguniang Panlungsod’s committee on peace and order, urgedMayor Evelio Leonardia to hold a security meeting with the Bacolod City PoliceOffice. The 70-year-old businessmanRobert Tan, a resident of Barangay Villamonte, died instantly. Espenido promised to uphold the ruleof law despite President Duterte’s daring remark, allowing him to kill drugsuspects. In a television interview he said hewould not use Duterte’s pronouncement as a license to kill. Tan had not commented on the issuesince. Probers were yet to determine if theambush on Robert was related to the unsuccessful ambush on Ricardo. The motivewas also unclear. “Bacolod is badly hit now. I placed Espenido there. I said, go there, don’t be afraid to kill everybody. Start killing there. Dalawa na lang tayo pa preso,” President Duterte said./PNlast_img read more