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Written by Bobby M. Reyes   
Monday, 09 February 2015 16:35


How the Filipino "Three (or More) Stooges" Continue to Make Fools of Themselves in the Los Angeles Court System

A Special Report by Bobby M. Reyes
(First Part of a Series)

H ere is a true court-of-law story that is still yet to have an ending.

It all started in August 2011 when Joel Bander, a Jewish-American friend of the Filipino-American community, offered to help in starting a tabloid that was eventually called the "Pinoy Watchdog" (PWD). I declined a generous offer to serve as its publisher and editor-in-chief.

But then a group of Filipino-American wannabe writers composed of Alfonso G. Aquino and Dionesio Grava and Rene Villaroman, an experienced writer, accepted Mr. Bander's offer of assistance. The group launched the PWD and formed a corporation called the "Pinoy Watchdog, Inc." (PWDI) to serve as its publisher. Mr. Bander never permitted Mr. Aquino, et al, to use his (Bander's) name as an incorporator and/or as a corporate officer. And so Mr. Bander never became a member of the PWDI legal entity.

After nearly a year of operation, the PWDI ran out of funds and it stopped the publication of the PWD.

Three Small-Claims Court Cases

S uddenly Mr. Bander found himself the defendant in the Los Angeles Small Claims Court. Messrs. Aquino, Grava and Villaroman sued Mr. Bander for approximately $7,000 each for alleged unpaid wages. During the hearing of the collection case filed by Mr. Aquino, Mr. Bander told the judge that the employer of Mr. Aquino was the PWDI and he (Aquino) was its corporate president and bank signatory of its checking account. When Mr. Aquino admitted to the judge that Mr. Bander defenses were all true, the judge immediately dismissed the case. The judge said that Mr. Aquino should have paid himself the alleged "unpaid wages."

The next day, it was the turn of the small-claims case filed by Mr. Grava to be heard. During the hearing, Mr. Grava presented Mr. Aquino as his witness. The judge remembered Mr. Aquino as the plaintiff of the earlier case that was dismissed for lack of merit and he (the judge) saw that it involved the same allegations about the PWD and its parent corporation, the PWDI. He immediately dismissed the case filed by Mr. Grava and berated the two for wasting the time of the court.

Upon learning what happened to the two earlier Small Claims Court cases, Mr. Villaroman was astute enough to drop the case against Mr. Bander.

Enters Another Dumb Self-proclaimed "Journalist" and "Owner of a Law Firm"

M essrs. Aquino, Grava and Villaroman decided to team up with Pacifico (Pex) Aves, a pseudo-journalist, who hinted to clients that he was also a lawyer, being the "owner" of a law office in Los Angeles, CA. Several journalists, among them Romeo P. Marquez, now based in Ontario, Canada, have exposed Mr. Aves as a "Pinabili lang nang suka at pagbalik ay journalist na raw siya" (He was merely asked to buy vinegar and when he returned he called himself a journalist). Some wags have also described Mr. Aves as "Pinabili lang nang avocado at pagbalik ay abogado na raw siya" (He was merely asked to buy avocado and when he returned he called himself a lawyer). NOTE: Please see the links at the end of this article to some of the articles that this online publication has published that exposed the fraud that is Mr. Aves. To date, Mr. Aves has not even sent a demand letter for a retraction and/or filed a case for libel.

The four wannabe publishers decided to come up with "The Watchdog" tabloid, which was intended also to compete with the PWD in the same ethnic market in Los Angeles, CA. The quartet decided to use a corporation registered by Mr. Aquino and associates called the "Media and Business Club, Inc.," a California not-for profit corporation.

Unfortunately for Alfonso Aquino, et al, the "Pinoy Watchdog" was a registered trademark owned by the Isynerji Global, Inc., a Nevada corporation. It demanded that Aquino, et al, stop using "The Watchdog" as the name of their publication. When they refused, the Isynerji Global, Inc., sued in the Superior Court of Los Angeles for infringement of a trademark, under Case No. BC560040. Messrs. Aquino, Aves, Grava and Villaroman, together with their co-defendant, an Atty. Fred B. Holgado, filed their respective answers to the suit. But the Media & Business Club, Inc., did not file an answer and was held to be in default.

Tomorrow, the lawyer of the Isynerji Global, Inc., will try to obtain a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) to stop the Media & Business Club, Inc. from using "The Watchdog" as the name of the new publication of Messrs. Aquino, et al.

Neutral observers say that Messrs. Aquino, et al, could have avoided the lawsuit by adopting another name like "The Police Dog" or "The Hot Dog" or "The Watchpuppy" or better yet, "The Watchpitbull." Obviously, the "Filipino Stooges" are not that astute when it comes to the practice of law or the court-of-law system.

(More to follow in Part Two of this series ...)

Here are the links to some of the articles that we have published earlier about Mr. Aves:











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