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    British baron’s daughter shot dead in Philippines for pushing drugs

    British baron’s daughter shot dead in Philippines amid drug war


    Antony Moynihan's daughter Aurora was shot in the Philippines in September 2016 while on bail for drug-related charges

    The daughter of a late British baron has been killed in the Philippines which is fighting a war on drugs.

    Maria Aurora Moynihan’s body was found on the street on 20 September next to a sign reading “drug pusher to the celebrities you’re next!”

    Baron Anthony Moynihan was linked to drug smuggling, fraud and prostitution.

    More than 3,000 people with alleged links to drug use or dealing have been killed since President Rodrigo Duterte came to power in June.

    Mr Duterte, who once promised to kill 100,000 criminals, has brushed off criticism of the bloody crackdown, including by the UN, which said the killings could be crimes under international law, the US, and numerous human rights bodies.

    British baron?s daughter shot dead in Philippines amid drug war | Pattaya One, News for Pattaya Thailand

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    Moynihan family’s history of drugs, scandal and power


    Lord Moynihan married his first wife in secret, and would later be dubbed the ‘Playboy Peer’ in the press

    It’s a story that has made headlines around the world. A British peer’s daughter found lying dead in a Philippine street next to a sign declaring “drug pusher to the celebrities you’re next!”

    Maria Aurora Moynihan, a 45-year-old with dual British-Filipino nationality, appears to have become the latest victim in the crackdown on drugs by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

    She had been on bail since her arrest for alleged possession of drugs in 2013.

    Baron’s daughter killed in Philippines

    Her death has thrown the spotlight back on her father Antony, the 3rd Baron Moynihan, who himself was linked to international heroin smuggling as well as prostitution and fraud, and spent years on the run.

    ‘Playboy Peer’

    The Moynihan family’s entry into the British aristocracy began in the 1920s when Berkeley Moynihan – a highly-regarded surgeon – was made the 1st Baron Moynihan.

    His father Andrew, an army captain, had won the Victoria Cross for bravery during the Crimean War.

    But scandal came to the 2nd Baron Moynihan, Patrick, who at the time of his death in 1965 was facing charges of homosexual importuning.

    His son Antony Moynihan, the third baron, was born in 1936 and educated at the private school, Stowe.

    A sign that his life was not going to follow the traditional route of a peer of the realm was when he married actress and sometime nude model Ann Herbert in secret in 1955.

    The marriage quickly turned sour, though, and a year later he fled to Sydney.

    There, while working as a bongo drummer in a nightclub, the man who would become known as the “Playboy Peer” met his second wife, Shirin Belly, a Malaysian belly dancer and fire-eater.

    They married in 1958, had a daughter, and enjoyed both a move to Ibiza and a belly-dancing tour of Europe during their nine years together.

    In 1965, Antony Moynihan – who once worked as chauffeur for notorious slum landlord Peter Rachman – entered the House of Lords, declaring: “I have every intention of shaking this place up. Sparks will fly.”

    But his active days in the Lords were short-lived as, by 1970, he was facing dozens of fraud charges over various business and financial transactions.

    He would later say he had been given 48 hours’ notice by a man from the CID who offered to make the charges go away for £50,000.

    Instead, he fled the country with his, by then third, wife Luz de la Rossa Fernandez, a dancer and the niece of the Philippines’ ambassador to Cambodia.

    After a brief spell in Spain, during which British officials sought his extradition, the family landed in the Philippines where he remained for most of the rest of his life.

    Maria Aurora was born in 1971, a younger sister for the couple’s first child Antonita, now a famous Filipino actress known as Maritoni Fernandez. A third sister Kathleen was born in 1974.

    After learning of her sister’s death this week, Ms Fernandez described her as an “exceptional human being I will forever have the privilege of calling my sister”.

    Their parents split in 1980 – the same year Antony Moynihan was described as a “shadowy figure” by an Australian judge investigating Sydney’s drugs world.

    Mr Justice Woodward told the New South Wales Royal Drugs Commission the peer “is or was in some way involved in the importation of heroin from Manila”, Australian media reported at the time.

    The court also heard he owned a farm where he grew vegetables and flowers, as well as running “massage parlours”.

    But when a reporter in the Philippines put the allegations to him, he retorted: “Me shadowy? Isn’t it absurd?”

    However, it was widely accepted he had become involved in Manila’s underworld, running a number of brothels, including one called the Yellow Brick Road.

    And he did it all without fear; his close connection with then-president Ferdinand Marcos – who he described as a “drinking buddy” – apparently affording him some level of protection.

    But after Marcos fell in 1986, that protection disappeared – and Lord Moynihan was suddenly vulnerable to the various international agencies who had been waiting to get their hands on him.

    It was avoiding prosecution which led him to play a role in one of the biggest trials of the century: that of the drugs smuggler and former friend Howard Marks.

    Lord Moynihan – who by then was on to his fourth marriage – agreed to wear a bug for the US Drugs Enforcement Agency, providing the vital evidence needed to jail Marks in 1989.

    Two years later, Lord Moynihan was dead, aged just 55. Scandal, which followed him his whole life, was not quite finished however: a battle over who should inherit his title followed.

    His son Daniel – born months before his father’s death in 1991 – was barred from becoming the 4th Baron Moynihan after a ruling that the so-called Playboy Peer’s fifth and final marriage was bigamous.

    Instead, the title went to his half-brother, Colin, whose own life could not have been more different than that of his half-sibling.

    An Oxford graduate, Colin Moynihan won silver as an Olympic rower, and later went on to be chairman of the British Olympic Association – after a stint as sports minister while he was MP for Lewisham.

    Moynihan family's history of drugs, scandal and power - BangkokJack - Bangkok News

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    Interesting life I suppose

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    Yes...A good read, Snakey...Cheers...

    And a sad outcome for his daughter...

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    Will be a lot of hi-so drug dealers very worried no one is safe ,

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    Quote Originally Posted by snakeeyes
    hi-so drug dealers
    on the VIP bus or jeepney no doubt

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    So are we to assume this is a Taksin-esque drug clean up.

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    Really should read "British drug dealing scum criminal's equally scummy drug dealing half-Filipino daughter killed while dealing drugs, which was her profession".

    No fucking loss. Job done.

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    ^
    Absolutely, spot on!

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    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal View Post
    So are we to assume this is a Taksin-esque drug clean up.
    Far more devastating. But along the same lines.

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    There's 2 things that disturb me about this whole scenario.
    The killings are extrajudicial and the leader of the country condones, nay, encourages it.
    It's all well and good to say bye bye to drug dealer scum. But the way it's being done is completely wrong and innocent people are dying. More innocent people will die.
    Commit a murder of someone you have a gripe with, hang a sign around their neck alleging drug pushing, and the murder is just accepted as being part of the cleanup.

    This woman was on bail for drugs charges and would have faced justice. There was no need for vigilante murder.
    Her sister will be the next headline.
    Or maybe a jilted lover's cuckold.
    Or a teenager trying his first doobie.
    Anyone can now be killed and it be blamed on the "good" vigilantes.

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    ^ correct.

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    when will the lawsuits against farcebook start

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maanaam View Post
    There's 2 things that disturb me about this whole scenario.
    The killings are extrajudicial and the leader of the country condones, nay, encourages it.
    It's all well and good to say bye bye to drug dealer scum. But the way it's being done is completely wrong and innocent people are dying. More innocent people will die.
    Commit a murder of someone you have a gripe with, hang a sign around their neck alleging drug pushing, and the murder is just accepted as being part of the cleanup.

    This woman was on bail for drugs charges and would have faced justice. There was no need for vigilante murder.
    Her sister will be the next headline.
    Or maybe a jilted lover's cuckold.
    Or a teenager trying his first doobie.
    Anyone can now be killed and it be blamed on the "good" vigilantes.
    Yeah, this is actually completely immoral, what has happened to her.

    I don't go along with the sweeping "drug-dealer scum" thing. It is a much more complex issue, and you can't group all of it together and pretend it's the same.
    Without wishing to rerun an old and long-running debate, a lot of "drugs" were not made illegal in western countries until very late; and some "drugs" that are legal do immense damage, and if compared objectively, and designing a regulation structure from first principles you would have an entirely different regime.

    What I guess the "druggie scum"-berating brigade are really talking about is the gangsterism that is associated with it, and the violence and destruction of lives that is associated with that.
    We should all try to become aware of the chapter and verse specifics of how specific actual "drugs" can destroy lives without the association with gangsterism, don't micharacterise people as a "bleeding heart liberal", just because they are not a splenetic uninformed retard on this subject.

    The gangsterism is the problem, and obviously gangsterism is associated with stuff that isn't to do with "drugs" as well - like human trafficking, and arms trade, counterfeit goods. The main problem with all this is the brainless notion that you fight fire with fire - that essentially a leader of a country sets up a bigger gang, and goes around inflicting gangster-style "retribution" with at best a cavalier approach to due process and problem-solving.

    This whole thing risks not only damaging the country's reputation right when it needs improving and international relations, and playing into the hands of powerful neighbours and increasing the potential international war in the region; it also risks engulfing the country into civil war and violent chaos.
    It's an incredibly reckless approach to the problem, and all the leadership will end up demonstrating is precisely the opposite of what they want to assert - that a developing world country is not a colony and can run itself properly.
    You begin to see why military coups seem to happen so often in this part of the world, and why actually neo-colonialism would be the solution for many countries.

    This was a silly person doing a silly thing, and I doubt there was any malice of the gangster type involved, except by the viligantes, who have now committed murder. A functioning justice system would have provided a suitable and proportionate solution to the problem, and calmly fixed the problem without creating a new one.
    "druggie scum" are human beings and their lives are not worth less than yours; they need to be held accountable for their actions through fair due process; but the journey that took them from A to B needs to be understood and taken account of too, because a lot of that they may not be responsible for: they may be a victim of something themselves. At the end of the day, a real solution is where changes are made so that a problem doesn't happen in the first place.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQVmkDUkZT4

    we are all figments of our own imagination.

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    Great post well said , the gangsters are the government .

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    When I was at school teachers would warn the class about the dangers of "Drug pushers" dangerous people who forced others to take and buy their drugs.
    Have you seen on a warm summers day at the beach and an ice cream truck parks up, people que up at the van to buy ice cream.
    That's what it looks like locally when somebody sells drugs here, willing buyers, crowds of customers.
    I am yet to meet a Drugs pusher, most folks just trade between friends.
    The top end of the market , the production of drugs is very different, nasty bad people run this part of the business, because there's money to be made.
    Where was this woman in the drugs ladder? Top producer or supplying friends?

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    just Jolly bad luck Old Chap

    and in such a Lovely Catholic Loving Cuntry...

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