Who is adobo ilonggo?

Atty. Pet Melliza wrote in his blog that there are three distinct writing styles that are apparent in the black propaganda machine, Adobo Ilonggo. That’s true. Right from the start, the identity of these three individuals became obvious to me. Having been in Iloilo media for over three decades, I’ve become quite familiar with writing styles. It’s not rocket science. And it’s easy to piece things together. Just look at their backgrounds and motive can be established without sweat.

A lady and two men. That is the core composition of this evil triumvirate. Holding them all together is Jeffrey Celiz, the former mouth piece of Bayan Panay and expelled member of the CPP, and now the spokesman of City Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog. The other man is Nereo Lujan, who was also expelled from the Philippine Daily Inquirer after being caught in flagrante delicto with dozens and dozens of plagiarism cases. The lone woman is Hazel Villa. She is the smooth and literary style that could occasionally be read on Adobo Ilonggo.

Let’s go to motives. Jeffrey Celiz is a no-brainer. He is defending Mabilog, so he needs to put up a platform to neutralize the stream of exposes thrown against his boss. And being a no-brainer, his only recourse really is to use profane language and throwing heaps of lies as he had done during his Bayan-Panay days. That’s why he recruited Hazel and Nereo.

Hazel is a business partner of Celiz. They run communications workshops together. They pulled a big stunt for the “Sinadya sa Suba” that didn’t quite bring fun to the Iloilo River. All it did was reward them financially. Hazel is angry at Rommel Ynion. She was fired about a year ago when he failed to deliver on the online platform for The News Today despite having obtained cash advances of P120,000. Her deadline came, and went. She promised to rush things up. After two weeks, editor in chief Junep Ocampo cancelled the contract and asked her to return the money. Hazel was able to cough up only half the amount. And she was really angry.

She became a natural candidate for Jepoy to recruit. They had a common enemy, in addition to their business and personal relationship.

Jepoy saw Nereo as another helping hand. Nereo has turned the internet into a platform for terroristic attacks against the characters and reputations of his targets. Jed Patrick Mabilog was one such target during the campaign period for the 2010 elections. Nereo put up blogs and Facebook accounts exposing Mabilog as a closet gay. It wasn’t hard for Jepoy to figure out how Nereo can be useful to his cause. Let bygones be bygones. Mabilog can forgive him if he turns his guns on the critics of Mabilog.

It wasn’t difficult for Celiz to persuade Lujan. Nereo has an overwhelming obsession to destroy me. I was the one who gave this guy his biggest break when he was still starting as a reporter for The Daily Times. But he is consumed by a passion to do better than me — “lapawan niya ako” — and he has done a lot of nasty things in his efforts to do so. That’s why when he was writing for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, he bombarded its news desk with bundles and bundles of stories every day. He looked like a super reporter with his story output.

The problem is that the stories Nereo Lujan filed with PDI were all stolen from other local newspapers. At the time, we shared an office at the Lopez Arcade along with his erstwhile friend and partner, Joy de Leon. When I saw what he was doing, I counseled Lujan to stop the practice. It was just lead him to trouble, I said. He just snickered at the thought. A few months afterwards, the whole nation turned its attention to the controversy over the disposal of Metro Manila garbage to the open pits of Semirara Island off Antique province. Almost all national dailies sent reporters there to tackle the story.

For a few days, the by-line of Nereo Lujan dominated the front pages of PDI with his stories. Then one day, a photograph taken by Arnold Almacen, who was then connected with the Sun Star network, appeared on PDI with Lujan’s name on the credit line. Almacen had submitted the same picture to Sun Star, and his editors quickly saw the theft. They complained to PDI.

As it turned out, Almacen asked Lujan to ship his rolls of film taken from Semirara during the lone instance that the plagiarist had gone there. Before shipping the film to Sun Star, Lujan had them processed and printed, and took a few shots with him. He submitted them to PDI as his own. That’s plain thievery.

An embarrassed PDI ordered an investigation. Ironically, it was Hazel Villa, who is also an accredited PDI correspondent, who did the initial inquiries. When the preliminary inquiries validated the cases of plagiarism, the bureau chief of PDI in Cebu, Connie Fernandez, came to Iloilo and double check. The plagiarism cases, and theft, were established without doubt.

Lujan was quickly banished from PDI without much funfare. Plagiarism is the worst sin that a journalist can make. It is akin to leprosy in society.

Lujan became angrier because his dream to overtake me as one of the more successful journalists in Iloilo was frustrated. He became angrier when Boboy Syjuco fired him as a consultant from his district office in 2000 because he wasn’t doing any work. He blamed me for his loss of a lucrative contract. I was chief of staff of Syjuco at the time.

These individuals are hiding behind a camouflage in mounting a campaign of vilification, defamation and condemnation against just about anybody who dares speak against Mabilog. Even innocent women and children are dragged into their online offensives. They want to scare everybody against helping the cause of truth and justice. Even private individuals who happen to express opinions that are not favorable to Mabilog are hit.

Atty. Melliza is right in saying that the intensity of adobo ilonggo will rise now that the Ombudsman has commenced on criminal and administrative investigations against Mabilog. They will try to destroy my name and credibility in the desperate hope that Ilonggos will not believe the charges I have filed against the mayor. Too bad, this is no longer a propaganda issue. This is a legal issue. Mabilog has failed to destroy me through adobo ilonggo, and he has now to face the Ombudsman on these issues.

Capitol spokesman driven to anger when girlfriend fired from Johnson-owned school?

A former business associate, media colleague and best friend of Iloilo Capitol spokesman Nereo C. Lujan told the Iloilo Regional Trial Court yesterday, Feb. 16, that he was so angry his girlfriend was axed from a nursing school owned by Dr. Evangeline Johnson and this drove him to publish blog articles derogatory to the owner of the Great Saviour International Hospital.

Ms. Joy de Leon said Lujan also sent her and another friend, Pinky Evidente, text messages through his cell phone and Chikka.com for a period of three months until January 2009 to vent his anger at them and warned them he will “put off the source of power to turn off the bulb”.

This was the gist of her testimony in the civil case entitled “Evangeline C. Johnson vs. Nereo C. Lujan, et al” as the trial continued before the sala of RTC Branch 28 presiding judge Loida Diestro-Maputol at the Hall of Justice.

De Leon, who described Lujan as “more like a brother” to her for a long time, said Lujan demanded that she cause the termination of Evidente, who works as Great Saviour Nursing School college secretary, following an altercation between the latter and his alleged paramour, Ritchel Gabutin Jacela.

At the time, Jacela had been working at the nursing school upon the recommendation of Lujan. As a result of the spat, Jacela resigned, de Leon told the court.

De Leon said Lujan began having an affair with Jacela while they were still business partners in the advertising outfit, Lujan and Associates.

“He demanded that I cause the termination of Pinky (Evidente) as college secretary,” de Leon, who is the executive assistant of Dr. Johnson, said.

However, de Leon said she didn’t want to intervene as it involved an internal matter in the nursing school. Lujan went ballistic in anger, she added.

“He (Lujan) started sending us messages containing expletives like ‘puta’, ‘deputa’, ‘bilat tibay’ and ‘mga buang’,” de Leon said.

De Leon said she downloaded and preserved the chat messages that Lujan sent them over Chikka.com. Upon questioning by Johnson’s lawyer, Nelson Loyola, she identified several pages containing print-outs of the supposed chat conversations between her and Lujan.

After a while, de Leon said her attention was called to a blog site with the URL, www.saviourinternationalhospital.wordpress.com, which contained malicious and derogatory articles about Dr. Johnson and her hospital.

She said she knew it was the handiwork of Lujan. “I called him up and asked him to stop it,” she said.

Dr. Johnson filed this civil case for damages against Lujan for the humiliation and shame she suffered as a result of the blog articles. Lujan is represented by Atty. Guillermo “Boy” Alcantara and an associate.

But Lujan only replied: “Bwahahaha!”, she said.

Asked how she came to know about Lujan’s love affair with Jacela, she said the woman had worked for their advertising company, Lujan and Associates. When Jacela became unemployed, Lujan approached her asking to help her get hired at the nursing school also owned by Dr. Johnson.

De Leon said she declined the request, but eventually, Jacela was accepted because she was the only one who met the qualification requirements.

She said Lujan is married to Ruth Lujan nee Aguilar. Jacela is likewise married, she added.

Everyone is vulnerable to capitol hacker

Nereo Lujan went on a hacking rampage yesterday. First he disabled my two Yahoo email accounts. Not satisfied, he went for a bigger kill. He attacked and gain control of my Facebook account later in the afternoon. As I said, he is good. He went about the crime — hacking is a serious crime — with Swiss-clock precision. Before I could repel the attack, he had already changed the account information and removed my log-in email address as well as alternate address. I was barred from my own Facebook account.

The hijacking of my Facebook account is the second such attack by Mr. Lujan. The Somali pirates would look like kindergarten kids with the way he carried out the hijacking. Cold-blooded. He must even have attained sexual orgasm over his triumphant intrusion. I can guess he gloated about it before his cohorts at the Iloilo capitol. But more than that, it gave him satisfaction to have retaliated at my having exposed his as a plagiarist.

This latest incident is no longer to be taken lightly. Mr. Lujan is social networking sites and email accounts with impunity. He is like a serial killer on the loose. I can’t begin to count the cadavers left in his path — identities stolen and people’s right to privacy invaded. The sad thing is that this appears to be sanctioned by his boss at the capitol, especially when it comes to my case. The attack against me was double-bladed: it was revenge for Mr. Lujan and retaliation for his bosses. For them, the only way to hurt me is steal my online accounts. The truth contained in my blog articles are much too painful for them, and they can’t fend him truth.

But this isn’t just my personal concern. Everyone is vulnerable to his hacking attacks. A number of his former friends intimated to me how they, too, became victims. Today, it’s Boy Mejorada who fell victim. Tomorrow, it could be a radio station anchorman or reporter or government official or even the current provincial administrator or even the capitol’s IT system.

He will not stop. He has tasted blood, and he will thirst for more.

What triggers hacker to anger?

I was just starting to use my old Yahoo email accounts when an alarm bell sounded on my Blackberry again this morning. The hacker at the Iloilo capitol had intruded into my account and changed the password as well as other account information. You have to give it to this guy — Nereo Lujan — that he’s become good at what he is doing. He belongs to the best among intellectual thiefs.

It simply amazes me that Lujan seems obsessed about stealing my account. I have ceased to use it regularly. When the first attacks came on Sept. 7, 2010, I immediately created alternate email addresses and informed my closest relatives, friends and associates. So I pondered upon this question: what triggered this latest attack?

To get the answer, I turned to the little knowledge I possess about forensic science. There was a book I read a decade ago about the lifework of a famous FBI profiler, and from his experience, I learned that criminal minds are thrown into fits of rage by certain “triggering” events or even the mention of certain words. In the case of Lujan, what was it that I did that unleashed his outrage and commit yet another crime. For this is cybercrime.

Backtracking a little, I realized that the attacks came after I wrote something about plagiarism, especially in the wake of the scandal involving Supreme Court Justice Mariano del Castillo. Last September, I wrote in my old blog about how Lujan was kicked out from the Philippine Daily Inquirer when he was caught plagiarizing several stories. This morning, I wrote a brief tweet about how PDI disciplined Lujan swiftly over the plagiarism case. I was hoping to point out that the Supreme Court should do no less to a brethren in a similar situation.

The angry response was quick: in an hour, I got notifications on Blackberry that my Yahoo account was hacked again. Lujan left tell-tale clues that it was his handiwork: the new notification email addresses he planted on the account had his fingerprints on it.

This leads to only one conclusion: Lujan flies into a rage when his old plagiarism case is revived. He hates it that Justice del Castillo is involved in this scandal because it lets loose ghosts from his past to haunt him. Lujan doesn’t want any mention of plagiarism with his name attached to it.

Incidentally, somebody had told me Lujan was a lecturer on online journalism and cybercrime during a seminar conducted by a mobile network in Iloilo City recently. That’s ironic. The company gave the job to the worse possible person to handle the lecture. What did he teach the participants? How to copy and paste and then claim the stories as their own? How to hack other people’s accounts and intrude into their privacy?

Lujan needs to be exposed for what he is. Eight years ago, he sued me for libel when I wrote a letter to the editor of the Daily Guardian exposing his plagiarism. The case was thrown to the garbage can by the city prosecutor’s office. Since then, Lujan has managed to hide under the guise of an NGO worker. But his activities have not ceased. I’ve been told so many other Ilonggos have become victims to his hacking, which became his passion after the plagiarism case caused his disgraceful downfall in the world of journalism.

Ilonggos should beware of this man.

Under attack

The hacker/plagiarist at the capitol tried to break into my WordPress account again at around 9:29 a.m. His masters at the Iloilo Capitol must really be pressuring him to silence this blog. After all, his value to them is in his talents as hacker and demolition man. He is a known plagiarist, and the media are reluctant to touch stuff coming from him.

This attack and defend scheme makes for good exercise in security management. I’ve read enough John le Carre novels to develop my own codes and security precautions to prevent another break-in. This hacker/plagiarist has made a career in stealing — stealing other people’s identities and intellectual property. So I have to stay ahead of him in this game. If one day, you find this new blog gone, then that means he succeeded. But then again, I can always start a new blog.

Rebuilding from the digital ashes

This morning, I was attacked on all fronts by a hacker known to me and lost more than three years of writing in “Point of View”. This hacker broke into my email accounts, Facebook and WordPress. Fortunately, I managed to salvage my Facebook and changed all its security settings to prevent another break-in. My Yahoo and Gmail accounts have been hijacked, and I’m still trying to get help from customer service to throw this guy out. In the meantime, I have created new email accounts. If it becomes necessary, I will just deactivate the hacked email accounts.

This hacker did this for personal and professional reasons. On a personal level, he deeply resented an article I wrote about his case of plagiarism that forced him to resign (or was he fired?) from the Philippine Daily Inquirer. Professionally, he works for the political groups that have opposed the administration of former Governor Niel Tupas Sr. — the Defensor, Biron, Garin and Syjuco groups. I’m certain he will ask for a financial reward for causing irreparable damage to me.

But I won’t despair over this loss. I didn’t really write to have a permanent digital record of my views and experiences. It’s much so easy to create another WordPress account. New story ideas will come to me almost daily, and it won’t be too long before I rebuild my blog and regain my followers. The current administration at the Capitol will be good cannon fodder. The hacker only motivated me to write more about the things I observe at the capitol.

Perhaps the hacker/plagiarist thought the deletion of my old blog will exorcise his intellectual dishonesty and theft. I think it will work the other way around. I will make sure he is haunted by his dark past each day of his life, and each time he faces former colleagues in media, he will know that his plagiarism will be a constant theme for discussion.