(Disclaimer – We have had ongoing issues with Bodeng Juatco, his son Roque Juatco and his daughter-in-law Janice Lozano for many years that can be viewed at www.nellievandt.com and www.driven2action.com. They are also a competing newspaper. I challenged them to reveal how many newspapers they have printed for the last year. I wrote an article in December called Cornerstone Civil rap vs Juatco and spouse filed for loan default. Fair comment)
A litany of woes, unpaid obligations, loans, threats and some $160,000 of alleged money owed color the story of a Filipino Canadian family, posturing as a local community leader in the Filipino-Canadian community, publisher and writer, promoter of entertainment divas and public relations professional.
The court cases alone documented by Metrovan Independent News stretched from 1990 to 2016. Dozens more allegations are being kept from the public by victims fearful of unknown consequences.
Is it wrong to report their actions to protect the community? Or did you know about this family but didn’t stand up and say anything?
“It takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to abuse them” quote SPOTLIGHT, Oscar Best Picture 2016, a true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation that a special investigative team delved into long held community secrets and uncovers decades long sexual abuse and cover-up at the highest levels of the city of Boston’s religious, legal, and government establishments.
When we first got involved in the Filipino community in BC, we were warned by leaders, publishers of Filipino newspapers, local celebrities and many others about the actions of the Juatco family. It seems like everyone knew what they were doing but nobody does anything about it. The same people that complained about their actions appear to support them publicly.
We personally experienced attacks from the Lozano, the Juatco family and/or their friends. We made a public stand that we will not support anything that they are involved in. Once we did that, dozens of stories of deceit, scams, bullying and attacks were reported to us. I was stunned at the depth and consistency of these issues.
“I know I may not get immediate justice anymore but that I can still help others inside and outside my community by giving them information that may assist them before dealing with these people in the future.”
– Nellie Vandt
We reported a story in December 2015 last year “Cornerstone civil rap vs. Juatco and spouse filed for loan default” and the Philippine Asian Chronicle (PAC) responded by writing a desperate attempt to name us as “The Perennial Community…Bullies & Bashers.” All the while with PAC painting Janice Lozano as the victim and do gooder in the community.
This family is running out of tricks and excuses that aren’t working anymore.
The PAC article stated Janice Lozano “debunks bullies and bashers”. But they failed to debunk anything I reported with any evidence. In the end, they tried to make themselves and Lozano look like saints. Their article stated “She is clean as far as these loans are concerned”. According to court documents, however, that is untrue.
The Juatco’s are trying to imply that we are out to get them for no reason. Our job as print media is to expose anyone that we feel is doing harm to a community.
Here is a list of issues and court cases that we uncovered. We have dozens more reported by people that were scared to talk initially about their unfortunate experience with Lozano or the Juatco’s.
“If only I could save another soul from being a victim of these Evil: people. Writing my story is all worth it!!!”
– Rollie Salazar
The rundown of court cases and events
- 1990 – Rodrigo, Erlinda Juatco vs Bank of Montreal – Supreme Court
- 1991 – Erlinda Juatco vs Canada Trust Co – Supreme Civil Court
- 1992 – Erlinda Juatco vs Asuncion JR – Small Claims Court
- 1992 – Erlinda Juatco vs Rota Development Ltd – Supreme Civil Court
- 1992 – Erlinda Juatco vs Vicente Asuncion – Supreme Court Enforcement Action
- 1993 – Erlinda Juatco vs Jochim Timm – Small Claims court
- 1994 – Philippine Chronicle vs Horizon Publications ltd (Printer) small claims courts
- 1996 – “If only I could save another soul from being a victim of these Evil: people. Writing my story is all worth it!!!” – Rollie Salazar.
Rollie was best friends with Bodeng and Erlinda Juatco in the early 1990’s. In 1996, Erlinda Juatco kept phoning Rollie while he was at work to cosign the loan to help them buy a car for “Jun Jun” (Roque Juatco Jr). Just before he signed the papers he told Bodeng “I am only doing this for you being a close friend and buddy”.
The vehicle was supposed to be in Rollie’s name only until the next day but instead, Juatco Jr. crashed the vehicle while in Rollie’s name some time later. Rollie had to pay back the entire amount on his own with no help from the Juatco’s.
“After all this: I have never heard a word from the Juatco’s, No Apology, No Regrets, no nothing. To them, I was only a statistic.” – Total $20,000.
- 1996 – Erlinda Juatco vs Joseph Kelly – Small Claims Court
- 1997 – Erlinda Juatco vs Yanco Holdings Ltd – Small Claims Court
- 1997 – Jun Jun Juatco vs Hong Kong Bank – Supreme Civil Court
- 1997 – Erlinda Juatco vs Hong Kong Bank – Supreme Court
- 1997 – Roque Juatco Jr vs Hong Kong Bank – Supreme Court
- 1998 – Philippine Chronicle vs Wingo Travel Inc. Small Claims Court
- 1998 – Roque Juatco Jr vs Allan Griffin – Supreme Court
- 1999 – Roque Juatco Jr. vs Vancouver City Savings Credit Union – Small Claims Court
- 2000 – Ben Juatco vs MCAP Service Corporation – Small Claims Court
- 2000 – Philippine Chronicle vs Kenneth M Karamer Law Corporation – Small claims court
- 2001 – Philippine Chronicle vs Coastal Web Press Co – Small Claims Court
- 2001 – Erlinda Juatco vs San Rafael Racing Stables Inc. – Supreme Court
- 2001 – “According to a 2001 court decision, the Juatcos “diverted funds from the company in a manner which was clearly improper.” They were ordered to pay $15,000 to Mananquil.” – Supreme Court document.
“That $15,000 was never paid,” Mananquil said when contacted by The Province. The year after that court decision, Mananquil filed further court documents applying to seize control of the Juatcos’ assets, namely the newspaper. Mananquil was awarded control of the Chronicle newspaper by court order in 2002. In response, the Juatcos started another newspaper, The Philippine Asian Chronicle. – Total $15,000.
- 2002 – Philippine Chronicle vs Lewis Publishing Co, Supreme Civil Court
- 2004 – “Fil-Can Singer, hubby in a scam try at 7-11 store” Mabuhay! News reported an incident where Janice Lozano and Roque Juatco got gas and didn’t pay. Roque Juatco told the employee outside that his wife inside is paying. They apparently quickly left without paying. They reported it to the police. Lozano came back and paid a few days later because the police called her and told her to pay otherwise they will be charged.
- 2004 – Rhoel Juatco vs National Money Mart Co – Small Claims Court
- 2005 – Philippine Asian Chronicle vs Ferdinand Milan – Small Claims Court
- 2008 – Erlinda Juatco vs Technique Auto Sales Corp – Small Claims Court
- 2008 – Rhoel Juatco vs AVA Music & Art Centre Ltd – Small Claims Court
- 2009 – Janice Lozano vs Bank of Montreal – Small Claims Court
- 2010 – Salve Dayao showed us a check for $3,000 that Janice Lozano bounced in her Java Jazz Restaurant. – Total $3,000.
- 2010 – Pinoy Buzz Vancouver vs All Types Communication – Small Claims Court – Total $1,881.56.
- 2010 – Rhoel Juatco vs RBC – Supreme Court
- 2010 – Erlinda Juatco vs Royal Bank of Canada – Supreme Court
- 2010 – Janice Lozano, Juatco vs All Types Communication Services Company Inc. – Small Claims Court
- 2010 – Bobby the Clown posted a Facebook notice asking if anyone else has had bounced checks from Janice Lozano from Pinoy Buzz. Apparently he performed for a birthday party for Lozano and got stiffed with a bad check. – Total $75.
- 2011 – “Pinoy Buzz sponsored the popular Filipino actor Derek Ramsey and his entourage…Pinoy Buzz management spent a huge amount of money”. Jojo Quimpo
Joe from Smile Travel told Steve Marshall that the check for around $12,000 bounced for the air travel for Derek Ramsey entertainment for Pinoy Fiesta. Joe kept trying to collect but according to Joe, Roque Juatco Jr told him they would call police for harassment if he came to their house again to collect money. – Total $12,000.
“When I deposited the check, it bounced. I contacted her repeatedly but she did not answer and was ignoring my calls.”
– Carmencita Schijven
- 2011 – “When I deposited the check, it bounced. I contacted her repeatedly but she did not answer and was ignoring my calls.” – Carmencita Schijven
“Out of pity, I gave Erlinda Juatco a $1500 check so they could print the Philippine Asian Chronicle, She never did pay the money back regardless of many promises,” said Carmencita Schijven. – Total $1,500
“I declared bankruptcy for not being able to pay the credit cards bills and four different phone bills in Pinoy Buzz account name but charged to my name that Janice Lozano and Roque Juatco Jr. used for their personal and business use.”
– Maevn Hauser
- 2011 – “I declared bankruptcy for not being able to pay the credit cards bills and four different phone bills in Pinoy Buzz account name but charged to my name that Janice Lozano and Roque Juatco Jr. used for their personal and business use.” – Maevn Hauser
Maeven Hauser said, over a period of time Lozano and Juatco taught him how to get large credit card amounts and in the end left him with credit card and phone bill debts from their own use. Hauser said, “there were some text messages of Janice Lozano to me that are threatening, one of which was:
‘You started a war then we will push through with it and don’t dare to say nasty things about us because we will go to your place knock at your door or drag your door and I’ll smash your face.’
Even Roque Juatco Jr. sent me a message that says ‘he wishes that our paths never cross or else he will give me a punch or something else that I have never experience yet in my life.'” – Total $15,000.
- 2012 – “I know I may not get immediate justice anymore but that I can still help others inside and outside my community by giving them information that may assist them before dealing with these people in the future.” – Nellie Vandt
Nellie lent Janice Lozano and Roque Juatco her Adamson Speaker system. Lozano texted they had the speakers and would bring them back. Instead, the speakers ended up in the pawn shop Cash Converter in Guilford.
“I also loaned Lozano and Juatco Jr. $30,000 to start up a business. They never did pay me back,” Nellie said. – Total $70,000.
- 2012 – “My purpose in life is to make other people happy. Not to destroy others reputation, but the more we keep quiet the more people will suffer. Sometimes the best solution is to tell the TRUTH.” – Jojo Alpuerto.
Papa Bear Jerry Legaspi gave 20 tickets to Janice Lozano to sell to her friends for a concert. Lozano kept promising to show up with the money for the sold tickets but never showed up. Finally on the show night, Lozano showed up with 10 or more people and did not pay for the entrance fee to the organizers. – Total $300.
- 2012 – “They held their Arnel Pineda meet and greet at my restaurant but didn’t pay the $1,500 fee they owed me.” – Kenny Lee, owner Kentizen Restaurant.
Janice Lozano held the Arnel Pineda meet and greet at the Kentizen Restaurant. – Total $1,500.
- 2012 – Ellen Sarmiento produced the Arnel Pineda Show and claims Lozano stiffed her for $8,000. She also has some bounced checks. – Total $8,000.
- 2012 – Erlinda Juatco vs Epoch Press Inc. – Small Claims Court
- 2012 – Rhoel Juatco vs Epoch Press Inc. – Small Claims Court
- 2013 – “I uphold the legacy of the Filipino people…. I have high hopes that we Filipinos should join together and unite. We should be able to resolve problems like these that “ikinahihiya” [Translation: we are ashamed of] in the community” – Ching Colobong
Bodeng Juatco bounced a $500 check to pay for advertising for the Philippine Asian Chronicle in the Queen’s Jubilee Award Souvenir program. Coincidentally, Bodeng was one of the Queen Jubilee Award recipients in the program but never did pay for his bounced check to the MHHS (Multicultural Helping House Society). – Total $500.
- 2013 – “Erlinda Juatco did the order but Janice Lozano picked up the order and said Erlinda would pay for it and they never did.” – Dave from Inprint Graphics.
Dave the owner of Inprint Graphics reported to Steve Marshall that he is owed about $5,000 for a print order made by Erlinda Juatco. – Total $5,000.
- 2014 – Erlinda Juatco vs Helping Hands Financial Inc. – Small Claims Court – Total $2,589.
- 2015 – Cornerstone Credit took Janice Lozano/Lozano to Court to pay for her default loan. Since Lozano did not reply to the court the Judge made a Default Order for her to pay Cornerstone Credit. Three other unsuspecting co-signers were also named in this case because of Lozano’s default. – Total $3,727.
- 2016 – Cornerstone Credit took Roque Juatco Jr to Court to pay for his default loan. On February 15, 2016, Cornerstone applied for a default order and is waiting for the Judge to rule. Three other unsuspecting co-signers were also named in this case because of Juatco’s default. – Total $3,192.
The power of people to stand up and tell their story makes a big difference. Some alleged victims of Lozano and the Juatco’s stood up and told their stories on the www.nellievandt.com site. If you have a story of abuse let it be told. You, too, can make a difference in the community.