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Home Sections Canadian Happenings Rodel Rodis’ Proxy in Toronto Deceives Filipino-Canadian Press
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Friday, 18 January 2013 18:59

I t's not really far-fetched that the individuals spearheading a move to sanction two news organizations would scout
Toronto's oldest cemetery for signatures to inflate the number of alleged signatories to their petition to the local press association. It has happened before when the names of already-dead persons found their way in a petition allegedly masterminded by the same person who is initiating the current one. Well, two "signers" –  a man and a woman – have repudiated the petition and disowned any role in it. History repeats itself, except that in this latest attempt to simulate support, the "signers" are very much alive.


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Deceiving the Local Press for Personal Gain




Member, Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), Asian-American Journalists Association (AAJA) and National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada (NEPMCC)


Never let haters 'still' your flow. They can only do so with your permission. ― T.F. Hodge


T ORONTO – Five days before Christmas, Tess Cusipag, publisher and editor of Balita newspaper, wrote a brief message to a certain Oswald Magno counseling him to apologize to this reporter for spreading the old video garbage his friend in California had spoon-fed him.


That video, circa 2005, resurfaced, no thanks to Magno, courtesy of Rodel Rodis, the bankrupt San Francisco lawyer, who was instigating a "global" protest against the reported incursions by the Chinese into the contested Scarborough Shoal, one of the areas claimed by the Philippines. Video at: " mce_href="/">


Magno is Rodis' point man in Toronto, the guy who repeatedly mouthed "China bully, China bully" during the unenthusiastic protest by a handful on St. George St. near the Chinese consulate. (Video at: " mce_href="/">


The rally failed to attract a decent number of people despite attempts to rouse patriotic Filipinos against the Chinese either because Magno had no personality to lead or people just didn't believe him. Otherwise, the cause could have been a good rallying point. (Video at: ).


My coverage of that event had inflamed Rodis and Magno who both seemed to have resented the film clips showing how pathetic the protesters look. Video at: " mce_href="/">


Magno had earlier posted the discredited video against me in his group soon after Rosemer Enverga, the beauty pageants organizer and fundraiser who was already under intense media scrutiny, appeared at a gathering of the University of the Philippines Alumni Association (UPAA), and reported to have cried. 


But back to Tess. I didn't know about her email to Magno until after Christmas. By then, it became evident that Tess' proposal had fallen on deaf ears so she informed me.


I can only surmise that the reason she withheld the information was because she knew that I personally don't do those things. A contrite person would come on his own, that's what I believe.


Besides, an apology from offenders like this gasbag would sound like a farce, so I'll fight it out to prove that I'm the one at the receiving end of the abuse.


In the spirit of the season, Tess had wanted to end the growing animosity between her, on one hand, and Magno and the members of his little fiefdom in the UPAA, on the other, where he seems to be the righteous lord master who commits no wrongs. 


UPAA Toronto is not exactly an ideal place for outspoken individuals. There are censors and morals police there such that traditions like freedom of expression are held at bay by a few individuals - and I personally believe Magno is one of them  - who typify the three wise monkeys - those who see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.


Just to digress a little bit, I am glad that my fraternity brothers at Alpha Phi Omega could freely exercise that freedom through their annual Oblation Run, also called the "Ritual Dance of the Brave," at the Diliman campus. The very latest was on December 14. (Background video at: " mce_href="/">


Were that event held in Toronto, I could imagine the embarrassment of some moralists in UPAA in seeing APO members running around in their full naked glory, but who nonetheless glue their myopic eyes at the Oblation, the university's iconic symbol of man's selfless offering to his country.


"You should apologize to Romy Marquez for spreading that video that you know nothing about," Tess writes in an email to Magno. "Can you imagine how it felt? Now you are feeling it and that is not even a match for what you have done".


Four days later, on December 24, UPAA member Ray Sabatin emailed Tess, wishing her a Merry Christmas, and reminding her about a past incident where Magno had played a role.


By that time too, Magno and his cohort, Lilac Cana, were already soliciting signatures for a petition decrying the news coverage in Tess' paper, Balita, and in my online news outlets, The Filipino Web Channel and Currents & Breaking News.


"I am concerned about the signatories," Sabatin tells Tess. 


"I remember when he (Magno) did it to Chris Vasquez where signatures of blessed souls resting in peace were found in the petition. Remember?," writes Sabatin.


That short note made me think. It wasn't totally impossible that Magno and Cana would scout the St. James Cemetery, the oldest cemetery in Toronto, for signatures considering that many Filipinos live in the adjoining neighbourhoods of St. Jamestown and Cabbagetown. Video at: " mce_href="/">


A precedent has already been set, as mentioned by Sabatin. The dead could rise again, Lazarus-like, to affix their names and signature to the petition.


Several days after the email exchanges, Sabatin's reminder to Tess proved to be a prophecy. 


For one, it foretold what could happen in the current incident. For another, it highlighted the depths of desperation Magno would go into to make his falsehoods look like gospel truth. Still another, it speaks of his character, his cold willingness to lie.


Serendipity? Yes. Sabatin's missive to Tess warns of a possible repeat of what Magno had done in the past. And sure enough, it happened again, only this time, the people are very much alive, breathing, living and able to talk.


The petition that they claimed is signed and endorsed by 60-plus people to the social press association for action is fraught with lies, deception and prevarication. Lacking good faith, it is totally malicious.


Two alleged signers have disavowed any knowledge about the petition. Short of physically slapping Magno and Cana, they repudiated its contents, their signatures and their purported endorsement. Full story at:


That the petition contains fake endorsers constitutes intent to deceive the Philippine Press Club Ontario, its members and the community in general.


The motives of Magno and Cana are personal. They brought about their own stories and in the end they were exposed for their duplicity. Full story at:


To recover from their wounded pride, they're now dragging the community into this shameless exercise to carry on a fight for them . . . by hook or by crook. 


PPCO should turn the table on them and hold them accountable. # # #


The video is at Filipino Web Entertainment Channel: " mce_href="/">


Other stories for the mainstream available at:


My news and food channels can be viewed by clicking the links:

1. The Gotcha Journalist Channel's Currents & Breaking News at

2. The Filipino Web Channel at:

3. Filipino Web Entertainment Channel at:

4. EatsNRestos Channel at:



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