This is my story of an Internet romance
with a Philippines government employee gone bad. During the courtship her scamming began.
We met in 1999 on a VoIP program Firetalk. The
program, enjoyed by IT people and techies, was special for it's time. After many months,
beguiled by Zorah's conversations in groups, asked for her 'phone number.
were via AT&T and Smart Telecom.
Our first meeting was at JFK
Airport NY. I brought her to my home in Connecticut. During her stay
hosted a full
Manhattan tour, theaters, World Trade Center still standing and best museums. All visits
in the states I paid everything including gifts for her family.
On trips to Cebu,
Zorah explaining she had a special BIR government discount, paid hotel bills at Shangri-La, Plantation Bay, Mactan and Cebu Plaza (Marco Polo), Lahuge. That gesture
coupled with position at BIR office Cebu City, articles in the media and reporting
directly to RD Jaime
Santiago supported whatever she said as truthful.
On a 2000 trip to USA, I proposed marriage in a
Tatami room at Sakura Restaurant in Westport, CT. She accepted and we planned how she
could remain at her government job and continue to attend law school. We agreed to
live apart sharing visits in Cebu and residence in Connecticut until Bar passing after completing law
Zorah failed Bar passing exams and extended another year
to attend next Bar passing classes and exam again. She requested funds to
bribe judges saying that was how it was done to assure passing. In
retrospect, a problem -- she never attended law school.
Another delay when mother Thelma spent
months in Chong Hua hospital. "Don't call my cell' as here in
hospital with my father 24/7, he will
get angry." Preparing for the worst, called Redemptorist Church for
special Sunday Mass prayers. Every Priest said "de la Cruz
who?" I called Thelma Subla aka Thelma Villacorte at Sto. Nino Finance de Cebu, and
Then the fighting began. It was the start of the "War
of the roses."
Worse, weeks later my phone rang in
night, it was an Amsterdam lover demanding to know of me "who are you?" That conversation
transferred to 7 hour MSN video marathon while he consumed a liter of Dutch Olifant
Vodka. I suggested he transfer every picture of them together in Europe
and Philippines. Which he did!
Moral of that story: Don't drink and hard drive.
Nay, after the fact, it was now clear so many magnificently staged
events and scenarios had been played. I even had a tour of the gated Beverly Hills community where
quote: "my parents live" and BIR office at Archbishop Reyes Avenue.
Sometime thereafter, I created a damning website named "zorahaida.com." All of her emails boasted "I am untouchable!" Zorah
went below the radar ceasing duties as CIO and officemates directed to say
she no longer worked for BIR. But she did, protected by RD Santiago. When Jaime Santiago
was assigned to the National Office ... Zorah transferred to
an office nearby. When Santiago was assigned RD 8-Makati she joined
him. After Santiago retired. Ms. de la Cruz now COS (Chief-of-Staff)
stays on often photographed with RD Valeroso and Asst. RD Dizon for the BIR Weekender
A formal complaint was filed at Office of
the Ombudsman-Visayas. The complaint has extensive photographs, documents
and financial records as Case No. FF-V-13-0063.
Ms. de la Cruz is guilty of ill gained monies,
unexplained wealth, bigamy and estefa. An audit of tax returns will not
I pray Office of Ombudsman-Visayas impose a travel ban to stop possible flight to take assets out of country.
Zorah was lead Makati presenter to International Monetary Fund representatives.
IMF consultants Fischer, Ludlow, Holland, Duffus, Lawrence, Dowling, Meilley
will be surprised when they read this website.
Philippines has worked diligently to raise S&P Rating. Fitch
ratings upgraded to Investment Grade, IMF and USAID consultants are
happy. Why risk having Zorahaida pitching consultants? Nothing stays a
secret forever and all will know of her.
How did someone of Ms. de la Cruz's
background as Clerk II then CIO in Cebu, despite bigamy, scamming and
estafa, rise to COS position at Makati? Why
so protected and successful career path? I was told by
sources in strictest confidence -- she was the go-between to accept bribes
from companies seeking special tax treatment.
It would be prudent to relieve de la Cruz of COS
position and assign her to sorting mail in the mail room. Past actions brought to light will
only be an embarrassment if she remains COS. It is time for Zorahaida to
be "thrown under the bus" and make her take the blame and
protect the reputations of others. Her prosecution for corruption is