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CHARLES KONG SOO
The Philippine Honorary Con-
sulate General will be opening a
condolence book for the public to
express its solidarity with the Fil-
ipino people who have been affected
by Typhoon Haiyan.
The event will take place at the
Consulate office at the Cruise Ship
Complex, Dock Road, Port-of-Spain
on Wednesday from 10 am to 6 pm.
Honorary Consul of the Philippines
to T&T, Dr Marie Advani, said there
was an outpouring of concern and
care from the people of T&T who
were calling to express their condo-
lences as well as offering assistance.
Advani said she was touched by the
community s concern.
She said she was waiting for the
go-ahead from Philippine Embassy
in Washington DC, which has
responsibility for Filipino diplomatic
missions in the Caribbean, and she
received word to "do it now."
Advani said the Philippines had
experienced many typhoons and
other natural disasters such as earth-
quakes and volcanoes, and Filipinos
will survive even the strongest
typhoon in the world because they
were a resilient people who placed
their faith and trust in God.
Chaguanas West Member of Par-
liament, Jack Warner, is questioning
whether a million-dollar deal
between state-owned Vehicle Man-
agement Company of T&T (Vem-
cott) and a US-based company was
driving the Government s move
toward Compressed Natural Gas
Warner raised the question during
his contribution to the debate on
the excise duty on CNG at the House
of Representatives on Friday at the
International Waterfront Centre.
"I want to know if the Govern-
ment is pursuing this CNG because
there is some bag man somewhere
waiting to collect on the supply of
CNG conversion kits," Warner asked.
"I know how they work," he said.
Warner said in November 2011
Vemcott announced the partnership
with National Petroleum and the
Saladin Group out of the US to expe-
dite the CNG conversion.
"Who is Saladin?" he asked.
Warner said that contract, with
details of the deal was put in his
Sunshine newspaper mailbox.
"They have a $4 billion writ about
to hit them. I want to get the full
details of this deal," he said.
"We have no information on this
company which they sign a contract
with," he said.
He said one of the officers linked
to the company was a man he fired
from his ministry when he was Min-
ister of Works and Transport before
the split that gave the Transport
Ministry to Devant Maharaj.
"This CNG fixation they have,
who is the bag man in all of this?"
He also advised the Government
ministers to lead by example and
convert their vehicles to CNG in
order to encourage the citizens to
do the same.
The young girl with cerebral palsy
who was missing for two days has
A passerby found Aneesa Maharaj
sitting behind the Chaguanas Police
Police said around 11.45 am yes-
terday, a man passing along Railway
Road, Chaguanas, saw Maharaj sitting
by herself and contacted her fami-
ly.The man told her father Anthony
Maharaj that he recognised the
woman from a picture that was cir-
culating in the media. Maharaj then
contacted the Chaguanas police. By
the time he arrived at the station,
Maharaj was with officers but offered
little information about where she
Police said she was incoherent and
in a dazed state. They will have to
wait until she is calm before they can
take a statement from her.
Her mother Ruth Maharaj said her
daughter was extremely traumatised,
but the family was relieved to have
On Wednesday, she left her Maraj
Trace, home in Warrenville, Cunupia,
to attend a cooking class at the War-
renville Regional Complex.
At 3.58 pm, she called her mother
to say she had arrived at class, but
when her father went to pick her up
around 6.30 pm, her classmates told
him she never arrived.
All calls to her phone went to voice
In light of an audit report
which implicates the former Peo-
ple s National Movement (PNM)
administration in corruption over
a scholarship fund, Housing and
Urban Development Minister Dr
Roodal Moonilal says there are
more scandalous revelations to
Speaking at a health fair at the
Mohess Road Hindu School, Debe,
yesterday, he said damaging reports
against the PNM s involvement in
corruption in the HDC, Petrotrin
and Udecott during their tenure
will soon be revealed to the pub-
"There is much more to come.
We have not heard the last of the
gas to liquid scandal in the energy
sector, I think we haven t heard
the last of several of the mega con-
struction projects. A few days ago,
the HDC was in the Parliament
for a Joint Select Committee and
they touched on an issue.
"We have to reveal some more
information on the squander of
public funds in the home con-
struction sector..." Moonilal said.
In the Parliament on Friday,
Attorney General Anand Ramlogan
revealed the findings of the Price-
waterhouseCooper forensic audit
of the Community Development
Scholarship Fund, developed in
March 2002 under the PNM. He
describing it as a "slush fund"
which was shared among people
affiliated with the PNM.
Weighing in on the report,
Moonilal called on Opposition
Leader Dr Keith Rowley to apolo-
gies to the country as he was a
part of the Cabinet at the time.
He said it also raises questions
about Rowley s ability as a national
"Dr Rowley, who is now seeking
to make over himself, has to apol-
ogise to Trinidad and Tobago for
this scholarship fiasco of which he
was a part. He has to apologise for
the Brian Lara Stadium, of which
he was a part, and he has to apol-
ogise for the rapid rail of which he
was a part."
'$275m more for
Brian Lara Stadium'
Saying the issue of the Brian
Lara Stadium was disheartening,
Moonilal announced that a further
$275 million is needed to complete
"The Brian Lara Stadium started
off at $275 million, it is now $1.2
billion and it requires another $275
million for completion and Mr
Rowley has been a part of that. It
is a tragedy of immense proportion,
also for Mr Lara himself.
"We always recognise the abuse
of his name by associating it with
such a scandal, and Dr Rowley was
a part of that, so I don t see how
he can come now at this time of
the day and say he takes no blame,
no responsibility for the mega cor-
ruption of the PNM, including the
Cardinal Fernando Filoni, a high-
ranking Vatican official, will pay an
official two-day visit to the Arch-
diocese of Port-of-Spain, from
November 29 to December 1, at the
start of a Caribbean tour.
This is the first time in 28 years
that such a high level official of the
Roman Curia will be in T&T, since
the historic visit of Pope John Paul
II in 1985.
For this visit, all bishops of the
Antilles Episcopal Conference will
meet with Cardinal Filoni in Port-
of-Spain on November 30, following
which there will be a concelebrated
mass at the Pro-Cathedral of Our
Lady of Perpetual Help in San Fer-
nando at 6 pm, involving all the vis-
iting bishops and Papal Nuncio Arch-
bishop Nicola Girasoli.
Prior to the mass, a press confer-
ence will take place at the Seminary
of St John Vianney, Mt St Benedict,
Born in Manduria, Italy, on March
15, 1946, Cardinal Filoni served for
many years as Apostolic Nuncio in
several countries before being made
Cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI on
May 10 2011.
In 2007 he was appointed Substi-
tute of the Secretariat of State in the
reports on PNM
Vatican official to visit T&T
Philippine Consulate opens
condolence book for typhoon victims
Warner questions Govt's reason for pursuing CNG
Girl with cerebral palsy found
behind Chaguanas Police Station
Dr Roodal Moonilal, Minister of Housing and Urban Development and Member of Parliament for Oropouche
East, yesterday took time out to test his blood sugar at the Health Fair and Clinic at Mohess Road Hindu
School, Panoo Trace, Penal. Cindy Seurath is administering the test. PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
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