People are coming out with more Benitezes’ secrets. What they reveal will scare you

Barely a day after this simple blog was created, thousands of people have been visiting to read our documented stories that detail the skeletons the so-called venerable Benitez family has been hiding deep in their closets.

Social media such as Facebook and Twitter have been driving so much traffic. In fact, we were informed a Facebook page which shared our article has received nearly 300 shares from different users. It’s not surprising that so far, our website got more than 20,000 views in less than 24 hours.

But what’s more interesting is that people are coming forward to give their own tales about decades of corruption and dubious transactions done by the Benitez family, which led to the downfall of Philippine Women’s University.

In our previous blog posts, we detailed how the Benitezes, led by PWU President Francisco Benitez (who we learned was just a substitute professor in the US before he was appointed as PWU president), got PWU involved in a series of loans with Jardine Land, MetroBank, BDO, and lately the STI group to hide the dubious activities of his father Jolly Benitez and the rest of their clan members.

We also know that independent audit reports questioned the cash advances and disbursements of former PWU Presidents and siblings Amelou Benitez and Jolly Benitez. Among their dubious activities include Amelou’s use of PWU funds worth P100 million to finance her failed digging activities for Yamashita Gold as well as Jolly’s disbursement of P109 million in PWU money to his company to purchase mostly a land in Caliraya that turned out to be protected forest land.

But there’s more where this brand of corruption came from. One commenter, Ms. Cecile Tan, said that after Amelou and Jolly pillaged the funds of PWU, it is now the turn of Conrad Benitez and Lyca Benitez Brown to take their piece of the PWU action. According to her, this is an open secret in the PWU community.

Cecile Tan

Roel Sarmiento, meanwhile, tells us that every JASMS alumni knows that the P250 million paid for by Jardine Land to PWU was pocketed by Jolly Benitez. For everyone’s information, in 1997, Jolly proposed the conversion of the entire JASMS property in Quezon City into a mall and have the pupils and students there transferred elsewhere.

Roel Sarmiento

Sarah Donato also came forward to reveal that now that the money of PWU is drying up, the Benitezes have begun to dip their hands into the trust funds of the PWU scholars as well as the retirement funds of the employees.

Sarah Donato

Dante Albano, in his comment, thanked us for exposing the truth about the Benitezes. He also said that family members have become so greedy that they are now targeting the money to family matriarch, Sen. Helena Benitez.

Dante Albano

Eddie Florendo’s comment was rather intriguing. He was actually appealing to the alumni associations of PWU, St. Theresa’s College, Assumption, St. Paul, and Miriam not to support the Benitezes and that the alumni donations would only end up in Benitezes’ pockets. Does he have personal knowledge that the Benitez clan is turning to fundraising activities, using other people’s money, to help cover up their mess?

Eddie Florendo

But perhaps the most curious comment came from one Joel David. Apparently, the Benitezes were not only known Marcos cronies, one member of their family, the late Betty Benitez (wife of Jolly and mom of PWU President Kiko Benitez), gained notoriety for her involvement in tragedy that was the Manila Film Center.

Joel David

We Googled this bit of information and we found this piece in the Philippine Star by the late great journalist Teddy Benigno. He said that in 1981, Betty was handling the 24/7 construction works of Imelda Marcos’ Manila Film Center. At around 3:00AM, the scaffolding collapsed and at least 169 workers fell and were buried under quick-drying wet cement.

Mr. Benigno wrote: “Hundreds were buried in the cement debris. Thousands? Nobody in authority knew about the tragedy at the time, not even Imelda. Betty Benitez, a high priestess of the film festival, was immediately notified by telephone. Her instructions were to rope off the place, not to allow media to penetrate. It was martial rule, remember? This scandal had to be kept secret.

Other sources even said that it was Betty who ordered to pour more concrete over the piles of dead bodies. Tragically, Betty died months later in a bizarre accident in Tagaytay.

Such are the secrets now coming out in the open. We’re glad that what we have started now serves as encouragement for people to help us unravel the truth about the Benitezes.

To the Benitezes, it’s time to own up. There have been claims you have been using PWU as your milking cow and now you are hiding under the proverbial skirts of your faculty, alumni, and students. What you don’t realize is that you are toying with the lives of people. You know that you are bound to bring the school down and you are taking the students along with you.

And as long as you remain heartless, we will remain vigilant – watching and revealing what we know.

This is just the beginning.

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25 Comments

  1. I think there is a really a horrifying secret sa PWU. Iyong mga person sa painting, they are the one who created this mess. Hunted ang hall ng PWU! Hunting for gold. Whoooo! Awoooh.

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  2. Being an alumna, it pains me to know of my school’s collapse which certainly affects its decline in academic standard. Back then, PWU produced titans who excelled in many fields. Now, it practically slid into oblivion. Hope Dame Imelda Marcos being one of its infamous students will throw her mighty financial anchor to promptly save our beloved school from further sinking in its sea of financial woes.

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  3. Jolly Benitez is a sick man. He has this incurable disease “skin” disease that leaves him on for several hours in the bath tub filled with medications to keep his skin intact. It is not curable…No CURE yet. He might be spending money to find that “cure” may be stem cell theraphy in Germany or somewhere else.. Has anyone seen him lately? His skin is flaky from face to arms and all parts of his body. must be in pain? Saw him with the disease in the mid 90’s. Is he alive? Wonderin if he survived that skin disease “psoriasis”…he was very sensitive to sunlight and to the environment outside. He stays in extra sanitary place, aircon and free from dust. Must spent so much fund to find a cure to that malady.

    ..

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  4. The Benitezes, particularly Jolly, also funded dubious partylist group purportedly representing the marginalized – Abang Lingkod. He was so awashed with cash in 2013 that he practically funded the trapos of Negros. His contributions should be investigated by the COMELEC. Ganon din ang Abang Lingkod. Did they report this in their campaign expenditures? Kawawa naman si Grand Old Dame Helena Benitez, nilulustay na ang pera niya.

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  5. CHED should come in to save what remains in the school now…and court action should have been done now…to control damage brought by this cyber battle..

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  6. I am a PWU alumni and i really felt sorry about what’s happening on our alma mater..
    At first i thought that Mr. tanco is harassing the Benitez to pay their debts… But as far as im keeping on tract about whats really happening… Now things started to clear out.. Me and my bro belong to that school and we are now a Successful On our job.. Sana ma save ang school namen para hindi na rin madamay ang mga estudiyante..

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  7. More on how Betty Benitez died. Apparently, the wives and mothers of the 170 construction workers who died put a curse on Ms. Benitez. A few months later, when she was driving with her rumored lover O.D. Corpuz along Tagaytay, they encountered spirits who blocked their way. This forced them to steer out of the way, causing the vehicle to smash into a tree.

    Here’s the account in this website: https://designkultur.wordpress.com/2010/01/08/cultural-center-of-the-philippines-the-manila-film-center-tragedy/

    “Betty Benitez (wife of Imelda’s Assistant Minister, Conrado Benitez), who was in charge of the project for the First Lady, was called to the scene. The mothers and wives of the men who died had come to claim the bodies. But the building was due to open for the festival, and Betty ordered, “Pour the cement.” The bodies of the dead workers were thus covered over so that the relatives could not claim them. The women put a curse on her.

    “A few months later Betty Benitez was herself killed in bizarre accident. She was a passenger in a car driven by O. D. Corpus, a former president of the University of the Philippines. They were on their way to Tagaytay at night. (It was never made clear why they were out driving in the middle of the night away from their respective spouses and families.) Betty was killed instantly when the car ran off the road on a curve and smashed into a tree. Corpus survived.”

    QUESTION IS, IS THE FAMILY CURSED TO THIS DAY? LOOKS LIKE IT.

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  8. Ano pa bang mga baho ang tinatago nyo mga Benitez? wala na ba kayong kahihiyan? mabuti pang i-let go nyo na ang PWU. naiipit ang mga estudyante sa mga kabulastugan nyo. naawa naman kayo. tigilan nyo na ang panghuhudas nyo!!!!!

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  9. bkit di n lng nila hyaan mgtake over ang sti,mukha nmang di na kayang patakbuhin ng mga benitez anf university.kesa lumala pa ang gulo, tingin ko dpat mgbyad na sila. kng san man nila siniksik ung pera, ilabas na nila, at bitiwan n nila ang pwu

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  10. kung ako sa mga benitez, aminin na nila kung saan talaga nila dinadala ang limpak limpak na salapi ng school.. kesa yung kung ano ano pang sinasabi at kung sino sino pa nadadamay at naaabala.. tama na ang kasinungalingan!!!!

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  11. sabi nga “tell me who your friends are, ill tell you who you are” kaibigan pala ng mga marcos. no wobder mga corrupt at mga magnanakaw

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  12. At first, I thought STI was greedily forcing PWU to pay its debt. I thought inaapi ang PWU. Yun pala mga Benitez ang tunay na kontrabida. Nakuha pang sabihin na nasa panig sila ng mga estudyante. Pwe! Kung talagang may pakialam sila sa mga estudyante, bayaran nila yung utang nila at ilabas nila ang milyones na para sa unibesridad

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  13. This revelation shocked me. I never thought that Benitezes can do this. But as what the majority are saying, the Benitezes should explain why this happened. Where are the money for the school?

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  14. I can’t believe that this kind of family can do this. But many people have spoken. It’s time for the Benitez clan to pay their debts.

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  15. I think more and more people will come out to testify against the Benitezes. They can’t hide their dirt anymore. Thanks to Tanco for leading the way. It might be hard at first because you’re banging a big post, but there are bright minded persons who are supporting you in this endeavor. A big GOOD LUCK to you Tanco.

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  16. I’m an avid newspaper reader whether on hard copy or via online, and this issue caught my attention when I found this topic at different major dailies. Many angles were stated from the published stories which some are in favor of the Benitezes and some raising Tanco. If you will examine all of those, you can conclude that the Benitezes have carefully planned this “BOMB EXPLOSION”. Why? They are simply using the students to show that they love PWU. But is it true? I don’t think so. If they truly treasure their students, they should have carefully and responsibly used their “treasure” to preserve the school , not their own vaults.

    My message to the Benitezes:
    Are there any other story angle you wish to publish aside from the repeated repeated repeated words that “YOU’RE IN FAVOR OF THE STUDENTS AND THE STAFFS FOR PRESERVING THEM”?

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  17. it’s terribly sad to have known these things about the pwu & the benitezes…. i can’t figure out how the alumni of this school would feel about what has happened in & to their school… if sti would take over, i sincerely hope they would run the school the best way they can…

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  18. Lumabas din sa wakas ang pinakatatagong lihim ng mga Benitez. Kawawa naman yung nagpautang sa kanila. Mukhang walang planong bayaran.

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