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Retired Activities Office
Subic Bay, Philppines

RAO Subic Bay is an Independent Retired Activities Coordination Office which provides vital services to U.S. military retirees living in this area, remote from any Military installation.

Authorization & Support
The RAO is authorized by SECNAVINST 5420.169J and OPNAVINST 1720.3F to tailor its services to the needs of the local retired community, and bears full responsibility for financing its operation and maintenance costs. The RAO receives the same DoD support offered to any retiree or patriotic organization.

Corrections, Additions & Deletions
This informal and unofficial information was prepared by members of the RAO who are also members of the VFW, FRA and American Legion. If you note any errors, want to contribute, or would like to see something revised, added or deleted, please pass your comments to RAO Voice or call/email the RAO Director at the address listed below.

HOURS OF DIRECTOR

0900 to 1500 Monday through Friday
Closed on US and Philippine Holidays

Director

Jack Walker OR: PSC 517 Box 5000R
USMC (Ret.) FPO AP 96517
Director Phone: [+63] 47-222-2314
P.O. Box 075 Fax: [+63] 47-222-2899
Olongapo City, 2200 Philippines Email: dir@raosubic.com
U.S./PHILIPPINE HOLIDAYS 2018
New Year's U.S./PHL Mon, Jan 1
M. L. King Jr. U.S. Mon, Jan 15
Chinese New Year PHL Fri, Feb. 16
Presidents U.S. Mon, Feb 19
Maundy Thurs PHL Thu, Mar. 29
Good Friday PHL Fri, Apr. 30
Bataan & Corregidor PHL Mon, Apr 9
Phil. Labor PHL Tues, May 1
U.S. Memorial U.S. Mon, May 28
Philippine Independence PHL Tue, Jun 12
Eid-ul-Fitr PHL Fri, Jun 15
U.S. Independence U.S. Wed, Jul 4
Ninoy Aquino PHL Tue, Aug 21
Heroes PHL Mon, Aug 27
U.S. Labor U.S. Mon, Sep 3
Columbus U.S. Mon, Oct 8
All Saints PHL Thur, Nov 1
Veterans U.S. Mon, Nov 12
Thanksgiving U.S. Thu, Nov 22
Bonifacio PHL Fri, Nov 30
Christmas U.S./PHL Tue, Dec 25
Rizal Day PHL Sun, Dec 30


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Important Announcement

RAO Subic Closure
UPCOMING CLOSURE DAYS--

December 25 (Tue) - Christmas


Departed Shipmates

With a heavy heart we announce EG1 Sonny B. Almanzan, received final orders to USS Heaven 10/5/2018. An amazing shipmate and great friend will be sorely missed. Funeral arrangement pending.

EARLY HAPPY BIRTHDAY WISHES TO ALL OUR SHIPMATES

October 13 marks the birthday of the U.S. Navy, which traces its roots back to the early days of the American Revolution.

Whitehall, NY - Birthplace of the U.S. Navy maybe; as many as five cities claim to be the official birthplace and all have a believable story, but many recognize Whithall as the real one. In 1759, Whitehall was settled in a valley at the southern end of Lake Champlain. This colonial town was founded by British Army Captain Philip Skene, and was originally known as Skenesboro. Skenesboro became the first settlement on Lake Champlain and was a center of maritime trade. Captain Skene built saw mills, grist mills and an iron foundry, where trade can be documented from that time.

The Revolutionary War caused the capture of Skene's trading schooner and the building of a fleet by Benedict Arnold at this place. Because of the Revolutionary War actions, the New York State Legislature, in 1960, declared the legacy that names Whitehall as the Birthplace of the United States Navy. On October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress established a naval force, hoping that a small fleet of privateers could attack British commerce and offset British sea power.

The early Continental navy was designed to work with privateers to wage tactical raids against the transports that supplied British forces in North America. To accomplish this mission the Continental Congress purchased, converted, and constructed a fleet of small ships -- frigates, brigs, sloops, and schooners. These navy ships sailed independently or in pairs, hunting British commerce ships and transports. Two years after the end of the war, the money-poor Congress sold off the last ship of the Continental navy, the frigate Alliance. But with the expansion of trade and shipping in the 1790s, the possibility of attacks of European powers and pirates increased, and in March 1794 Congress responded by calling for the construction of a half-dozen frigates, The United States Navy was here to stay.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHIPMATES!

BE CAREFUL WHO YOU INVITE INTO YOUR HOUSE
Subic Bay News is at Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

SBMA Statement on the Almazan Case

A tragic incident happened over the weekend at a housing area here in the Subic Bay Freeport.

Sonny Almazan, said to be a 69-year old US Navy retiree from Zambales, was found dead early Monday (October inside his quarters at Binictican Heights. He was apparently beaten to death with a golf club that was found bloodstained inside his bedroom.

Investigators, however, found no signs of forcible entry at the crime scene. There is a theory now that Almazan could have been killed by persons who had been invited as guests into his house.

Initial information obtained by the Investigation Division of the Law Enforcement Department of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA-LED) indicated that Almazan was last seen alive in the company of two females when he arrived in his quarters at about 10:00 pm last Sunday.

According to Almazan's driver Renato Barbadillo, he went with his employer to the Breadtime bakery near the Ayala Mall in the Subic Freeport between 7:00 and 8:00 pm last Sunday. There, Almazan instructed him to fetch two female friends at Kalaklan Gate.

Barbadillo proceeded to the gate aboard Almazan's Toyota Fortuner SUV, waited for Almazan's friends at the parking lot, then brought them to Almazan at Breadtime bakery. Thereupon Almazan asked Barbadillo to go home.

The following day, Barbadillo reported for work at Almazan's quarters in Binictican and after failing to get some response after pressing the doorbell three times, decided to enter the house through the front door that he found unlocked.

But once inside, Barbadillo reportedly observed bloodstains on the floor leading to Almazan's bedroom and more on the floor and walls inside the bedroom, leading him to seek the help of neighbors to call the SBMA Police for assistance.

SBMA investigators said Almazan sustained head injuries caused by a blunt instrument. They also noticed bloody footprints on the bedroom floor, a golf club and a metal cane with bloodstains, and broken liquor bottles.

Almazan's cellular phone and a sling bag believed to contain cash were reportedly missing.

During investigation, Barbadillo confirmed that the two females caught on CCTV footages at Kalaklan Gate at about 9:25 pm were the same persons that he had fetched at the instruction of the victim.

He further told the police that one of the females who visited Almazan, the one with a tattoo on her right thigh, had been in the company of his employer for about three or four times previously.

Meanwhile, CCTV footages also revealed that Almazan's Toyota vehicle entered Binictican housing at 9:47 pm. This tallied with the account of a witness that Almazan arrived in his quarters with two female companions at 10:00 pm that Sunday night.

The SBMA-LED said the investigation of Almazan's death has been assumed by the Philippine National Police office in Morong, Bataan, which has territorial jurisdiction over the Binictican area.

In light of this, we condole with the family of the victim and commit the assistance of the SBMA Law Enforcement Department to help in the investigation by the Morong Police Office so that the perpetrators of this crime might be arrested and put to justice.

WILMA T. EISMA

SBMA Chairman and Administrator

09 October 2018

GREAT NEWS!
Its official, as of today 16 August 2018, Ace/Baypointe is authorized to accept Tricare patients under the Preferred Provider category. You will have to check with the HMO office to ensure your Dr. is also on the Preferred Provider list. There are currently 31 Dr's who are, but check to be sure or you will have to pay the Dr's fees.

And oh by the way, please resist the urge to repeat the bad news bears (you know the ones who have their names stenciled on the back of their bar stool) who are spreading rumors about ACE BAYPOINTE and Medical City Clark suspending FMP due to non payment. IT DIDNT HAPPEN! Medical city Ortigas did due to non payment by FMP. Come to find out they gave FMP the wrong mailing address to which FMP mailed the payments. All is fixed now and they have withdrawn the suspension.Â

Old saying better to be quiet and be thought a fool, than opening mouth and leave no doubt.

I have taken the opportunity to compile a list of what Drs, and Specialties AT ACE BAYPOINTE, to the best of my knowledge are also certified as preferred providers. The hospital is in the process of adding to this list. As you all are aware this list changes without notice, so before getting treatment it would be to your benefit to check with the hospital HMO office to ensure the Dr you will receive treatment from is in fact still certified as preferred. The HMO can be reached at 047-250-6070 ext 283 or 507.Â

Provider Name
Specialization
Gender

Ablang, Alberto Mariano, MD
Pediatrics, Critical Care
Male

Ablang, Marietta, MD
Internal Medicine, Cardiology
Female

Aguila, Beverly, MD
Internal Medicine, Cardiology
Female

Aguilar, Rodrigo
Gastronology/Int Med
Male

Alconga, Rudy
Pediatrics
Male

Bernal, Gerald, MD
Internal Medicine, Cardiology
Male

Bongco, Jesusa
Anesthesiology
Female

Bongco, Rosario
Endocrinology
Male

Bustamante, Rodrick
Anesthesiology
Male

Calapatia, David, MD
Family Medicine
Male

Cepeda, Armando, MD
Surgery, General
Male

Cepeda, Monette, MD
Neurology
Female

De Castro, Felicisimo, MD
Ophthalmology
Male

De Castro, Ma. Gloria, MD
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Female

Dela Cruz, Anthony, MD
Internal Medicine, Diabetology; Occupational Health
Male

Dela Paz, Emmanuel, MD
Orthopedics
Male

DeLeon, Roberto
Gen Surgery
Male

Edejer, Karl Erjon, MD
Anesthesiology
Male

Guevara, Luis, MD
Radiology
Male

Hipolito, Charina
Internal Medicine, Pulmonology
Female

Mallari, Lourdes
ENT Ear, Nose,Throat
Female

Mangahas, Rolan
Opthamology
Male

Manuel, Jesse Jewel, MD
Surgery, Orthopedic
Male

Mendoza, Arturo, Jr., MD
Surgery, General (Laparoscopic)
Male

Ocampo, Armida, MD
Internal Medicine, Pulmonology
Female

Pasqual, Jeanette
Orthopedics
Male

Rojo, Margaret, MD
Anesthesiology
Female

Santos, Wilfredo, MD
Surgery, General ; Surgery, Oncology
Male

Soriano, Maria Agnes, MD
Internal Medicine, Diabetology
Female

Tablan, Apolonario Jr
Urology
Male

Velchez, Carlos
Hematology/Int Med
Male

Hipolito, Charina
Internal Medicine, Pulmonology
Female

Villareal, Paolo, MD
Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology
Male


FMP/Tricare
We continue to see vets who are receiving EOB's and checks for treatment at Medical City and Baypointe (ACE). Please be aware you should not cash these checks. They should be given to the hospitals. Should you cash the check a few things can happen, 1st FMP or Tricare may demand repayment, if you don't they can notify the IRS and either a garnishment or 1099 will be received and they get their money in the end possibly including interest. It can also be placed on your credit report. Secondly, you may be refused future treatment at the hospitals as you have an outstanding balance. Worst of all we may lose the hospitals as providers for FMP or Tricare. Sure wouldn't want to be the guy who causes all your fellow vets to lose that, they might be a little pissed when they find out it was you! You know how quickly word spreads around here!

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Urgent Update:REIMBURSEMENT CHECKS:
It appears there is a malfunction with both TRICARE and FMP regarding reimbursement checks. They incorrectly recently have been sending the checks to the veteran vice the provider. Both have been notified this is the incorrect way to handle these checks! If you receive a check for a claim that was filed by the Hospital, please do not cash it. The hospitals participation was negotiated so that the hospital would receive payment. If they do not we will lose their services. The payment must be taken to the hospital and signed over to them to be encashed.




Special thank you to police station 6 Barrio Baretto for notification of recently deceased American Citizen! Their handling of situation was extremely professional, thanks SPO De Leon.