An Open Letter to the Senate of the Philippines
Protect the Philippine Patrimony in
Honorable Manuel Villar
President, Senate of the
Rm. 606 6th Flr., GSIS Bldg.,
We, the members of the Filipino community and our Japanese supporters, are outraged by Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s renewed bidding call for the “development” of the Fujimi property, which is one of the five (5) properties acquired by the
The Fujimi is a 5,219 square-meter prime real-state located in a mixed residential and commercial district in
We understand that the move to subject the said Philippine property and patrimony in Japan for built-operate-transfer schemes come after the revelation by Engineer Rodolfo Noel Lozada, Jr. at the Philippine Senate Blue Ribbon hearing last 8 February 2008 on the overpriced Zhong Xing Telecommunication Equipment Company-National Broadband Network (ZTE-NBN) project, for which we understand that former Commission on Election Chairman Benjamin Abalos, Sr., allegedly hoped to gain a large amount of kickbacks amounting to 130 million US dollars in connivance with Jose Miguel Arroyo, the husband of Gloria M. Arroyo, who should be held responsible for all these scams.
We, therefore, view both the biddings for ZTE-NBN and the Fujimi property projects as having no clear public rationale, and like the former, the bidding for the Fujimi property has to be stopped.
In August 2003, the Arroyo administration discretely published an ad in the newspapers soliciting bids for the development of the remaining Philippine properties in
The bidding schedule was particularly disturbing since it was timed so that awards could be made on the day prior to the moratorium on property dealings, six months before the elections - a blatant attempt that the Filipino community in Japan saw as a desperate effort to quickly raise funds for Arroyo’s election campaign. Towards the end of November, we were informed that you, Senator Manuel Villar, issued a statement that the Senate should be informed that the bidding was stopped and not pushed through.
However, in February 2004, to the great surprise of the Filipino community in Tokyo, articles suddenly appeared in the Philippine newspapers that the Arroyo government was already prepared to award 50-year leases for the Shibuya and two Kobe properties, in exchange for 948 million pesos (1.78 billion yen) under a "hybrid build-operate-transfer" scheme.
The Kudanshita, Fujimi property was excluded from the award that we surmise, in part, to pacify the ambassador who lives there, and who has been against the disposal of the properties.
The awards were to be given to two companies: Urban Corporation, a relatively young property developer based in
Moreover, there had been no announcement as required by the law regarding such information as to the names of the other bidders, prices submitted, and the details of the schemes to be undertaken. Even now, such information has not been disclosed to the public that the Filipino community in
Once again, in
The news stated the Philippine ambassador might be “bent on favoring a close relative or friends of his wife’s clan in
Accordingly, we, the Filipinos in
We, therefore, are affixing our signatures to show our unity on the issue and solidarity with the millions of Filipinos calling for the preservation of the historical Fujimi property, and other Philippine patrimonies in Japan, especially the property at Nampeidai, Shibuya Ward in Tokyo that is now being contested in a Philippine court by a Japanese who claims he bought the said property from the Arroyo government sans a national referendum and therefore has the right to register the said property and dispose of it as his own. For this, we demand very strongly the resignation or ousting of Arroyo.
We are counting on the Senate President to help and act on the petition of the Filipino people to stop the bidding and all transactions of the Arroyo administration to dispose the Philippine properties in
Protect the Philippine Patrimony in
Save the Philippine Fujimi Property Away from Greed and Corruption!
Oust Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo NOW!
Cc: Members of the Philippine Senate
Crusade for the Protection of Philippine Patrimonies in
Kalipunan ng mga Filipino na Nagkakaisa (KAFIN)
Cesar V. Santoyo
Center for Japanese-Filipino Families (CJFF)
Professor, University of the Philippines Film Institute
Visiting Researcher, Center for Southeast Asian Studies,
Leader, Saitama Chapter
The Philippine Women’s League of Japan
Epifania M. Kyo
Association of Filipino Wives of Japanese