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(The response to this article has been rather surprising in a good way. Many have asked if it’s near the Bermuda Triangle where so many planes and ships have reportedly disappeared without trace or warning.  Well, I just added some more pics for your enjoyment. Tayo hanggang picture na lang. Sila in 3-D  🙂

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ssince our Executive Minister continues to make trips abroad on our  Airbus 330-202,  let’s discuss this. First please take note an interesting post I picked up on FB from one Art Montoya.  The post was classified as public so I hope he won’t mind if I use it here for reference.

[Credits to Art Montoya]

“ERAPLANONG PAPEL

Noong nakaraang pagsamba, isang matandang ministro ang nag-texto. Kilala ko ang matandang ministrong ito, magaling mag-texto, lagging nagpapatawa, garantisado di ka aantukin! Pero tulad ng karamihan, isa sya sa mga ministro na mas pinahalagahan ang PERA/TULONG kesa sa pag-panig sa KATOTOHANAN. Sa kalagitnaan ng kanyang pag-tetexto meron siyang nabangit na hindi ko lubusang nagustuhan. Eto ang kanyang sinabi:

“MARAHIL KARAMIHAN SA INYO HINDI BATID ANG HIRAP NG PAGLALAKBAY SA ABROAD. ANG MAHAL NATING TAGAPAMAHALANG PANGKALAHATAN, SAMPU NG KANYANG MGA KINAKASAMA AY WALANG TIGIL NA NAGLALAKBAY AT BINIBISITA ANG MGA KAPATID NATIN SA IBA’T – IBANG DAKO NG MUNDO! NAGPUPUYAT SILA AT HINDI INAANTALA ANG PAGOD AT HIRAP NG PAGLALAKBAY MABISITA LAMANG ANG MGA KAPATID NATIN.”

Seryoso po kayo?! Oo totoo na karamihan sa mga kapatid natin dito sa Pilipinas ay mahihirap at karamihan di pa po siguro nakakasakay ng eroplano, pero gawing TANGA lahat ng mga kapatid? Mahirap mag-travel?! Nakaka-stress?! Nakakapagod?! Huwag ninyo po naman kaming gawing mga mang-mang! SA AWA NAMAN PO NG DIYOS, ANG INYONG ABANG LINGKOD AY NAKARANAS NA DING MAKA-PASYAL SA IBA’T IBANG SULOK NG MUNDO! Oo marahil, sadyang mahirap mag-biyahe lalu na kung coach or economy class, pero kapag BUSINESS CLASS na ito O di naman kaya ay FIRST CLASS (dalawang beses ko na pong naranasan sumakay ng FIRST CLASS) sadya namang walang ka effort-effort ang pagbiyahe.

PARA SA MGA KAPATID NATIN NA DI PA NAKAKARANAS NG FIRST CLASS o nakasakay po ng eroplano: ganito po kagaan eto: Sa first class kadalasan di mo na kailangang dumating sa airport ng napakaaga at kung maaga ka naman ok lang din, pwede kang maghintay sa VIP lounge. Kapag mag-boboard na, FIRST CLASS/BUSINESS CLASS ang mga unang pinapapasok at ganun na rin sa paglabas mo ng eroplano. Hindi mo na rin kailangan mag-hintay pa ng bagahe mo dahil pag-dating mo ay naroroon na sa carousel. At sa iyong pag-lalakbay, ang upuan mo ay pwedeng maging kama, depende sa Airlines, madalas meron kang privacy, para bang meron kang sariling section. SA MADALING SALITA, NAPAKA-ALWAN PO ng magbiyahe kapag FIRST CLASS!

Kung napaka-alwan ang pagbiyahe sa First Class, EH MAS MAGINHAWA PO NA MAG-BIYAHE NG MAY SARILI KANG EROPLANO AT SARILI KANG FULL SIZE ROOM AT KAMA!!! Kaya wag po ninyong masyadong isipin na TANGA ang mga kapatid! HIRAP NA HIRAP DAW MAG-TRAVEL ANG EVM! Sino po niloloko nyo?! PASAKAY NGA AT PARA MALAMAN DIN NAMAN NAMIN ANG HIRAP NG PAG-BIYAHE!”

First, do we own an airplane? Actually we have two – an Airbus 330-202, and a Boeing 737-700, not to mention that helicopter we see bringing our dear EVM to his “spiritual” trips  here in the Philippines.

Duterte meets INC's EVM

Davao City Mayor and Presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte meets Iglesia ni Cristo Executive Minister Eduardo Manalo on April 22, 2016.

Yes that same controversial helicopter (or do we have another?) that once upon a time was lent to Presidential aspirant Binay when both were buddy-buddies until of course our iron President Digong pulled the rug under him.

Now, do we have proof of ownership? Let’s check:

“At any given time, the Airbus is supposed to be parked at a private hangar in Clark Airport. This was independently confirmed by a top-level source based in Clark who has seen the plane in Clark and who said it is the property of the Iglesia.

It is however registered under a different name, based on registration papers. Data from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands show the plane’s registered owner as “Skytrooper Limited“. The Airbus plane, model A330-202 and with serial number 1321, was registered on July 19, 2012. 

Skytrooper Limited is a company in the Cayman Islands.

As it turns out, the other executive jet, a Boeing 737-700 IGW model was also registered under the name of “Skytrooper Ltd” on December 6, 2011. “Skytrooper Ltd” is also a company in the Cayman Islands.

According to its website, the Cayman Islands Aircraft Registry “is the registry of choice for many owners and many management companies with corporate aircraft ranging from Cessna Citation, Gulfstream, Embraer, Airbus and Boeing Business Jets.”

Rappler has learned that maintenance of the Airbus is being handled by the staff of a business tycoon. (http://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/investigative/100445-iglesia-leaders-billions-pesos-aircraft)”

But why register it at Cayman Islands? Because it’s a taxpayers haven. And of course no one can look into your accounts. Remember that verbal challenge of INC Spokesman Zabala, “Kung may makita kayong account sa Cayman, sa inyo na lang yon!”? It’s because it can’t be done:

“The Cayman Islands is one of the most well-known tax havens in the world. Unlike most countries, the Cayman Islands does not have a corporate tax, making it an ideal place for multinational corporations to base subsidiary entities to shield some or all of their incomes from taxation.(http://www.investopedia.com/ask/answers/100215/why-cayman-islands-considered-tax-haven.asp)”

“Under the current legal framework, anyone who divulges, willfully obtains, or attempts to obtain confidential information covered by the scope of the law could face a fine of $5,000 (£3,756, €4,523) and face imprisonment of two years. (http://www.caribflame.com/2016/06/bill-to-replace-cayman-islands-controversial-secrecy-law-tabled/)”

But, there’s some positive note here. There’s a Bill filed that may overrule this clause:

“It was announced in May that the Confidential Relationships (Preservation) Law would be repealed by September 2016.

Financial services minister Wayne Panton on Friday said that the current law has fuelled the jurisdiction’s tax haven label, and replacing it would detract unwanted and unfair criticism.

Panton refuted claims from international organisations, including the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), that the Cayman Islands was one of the most secretive jurisdictions in the world.

“The [Confidential Relationships (Preservation) Law] has served its purpose,” he told the Cayman Islands’ legislative assembly. “It was a good law with good intentions but over time, particularly in recent years, it has become clear that the provisions dealing with the criminal sanction is bringing negative publicity, confusion and unwarranted criticism to the jurisdiction.(http://www.caribflame.com/2016/06/bill-to-replace-cayman-islands-controversial-secrecy-law-tabled/ )”

Want to see how the insides of a private jet  may look like? Exaggerated? Maybe, but I guess you see the picture:

And of course let us not forget our  two planes the Airbus 330-202 and the Boeing 737-700. 

I’ve read that it was up for sale but I guess no one took interest in them. Who needs to buy an air bus to travel when you can simply go first class?  I always take economy. It gets you there and that is what matters really.