Prosecute HWANGS Organizers and Philip Morris Cigarette for a negligent drinking contest that killed my brother Niño
  • Petitioning Secretary Gregory L. Domingo

This petition will be delivered to:

Secretary, Department of Trade and Industry
Secretary Gregory L. Domingo
Representative, Inter-Agency Committee on Tobacco
Victorio Mario A. Dimagiba
Secretary, Department of Tourism
Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez
Mayor, Municipality of Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro
Mayor Hubbert Dolor
Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corporation, Inc.
PNP Chief
PDG Nicanor Bartolome
PD Samuel Pagdilao
PNP Chief
PDG Nicanor Bartolome
Philippine Government
Office of the President
Secretary, Department of Health
Secretary Enrique T. Ona (Secretary, Department of Health)

Prosecute HWANGS Organizers and Philip Morris Cigarette for a negligent drinking contest that killed my brother Niño

    1. Catherine Maralit
    2. Petition by

      Catherine Maralit

      San Jose, Batangas, Philippines

Last April 7, my brother died at an event illegally sponsored by Phillip Morris Tobacco Corporation. He was 29 years old.

The game Phillip Morris played with my brother's life was this: they encouraged people to drink as many liquor shots as possible in 100 seconds. There was no medic on standby.

When his friends realised he was ill, they tried to ask for help but no immediate assistance has been given to them from the people they were expecting it the most. It was too late -- he was pronounced dead on arrival at the nearby clinic.

A police investigation into my brother's death says that it "was caused by lapses and negligence in the party of the organisers as evident in the aftermath of the event". Yet the people responsible for his death are still employed, no criminal charges have been laid, and Philip Morris continue to engage in illegal promotional activities.

I miss my brother every day. His widow will give birth to their first baby in a few months time, and I can't believe that he won't be there with us to celebrate.

Please join me in demanding the organizers are brought behind bars, and Kuya Nino, his widow, and unborn child will be given justice. 

Recent signatures


    1. PMFTC has FAILED to ACCEPT any responsibility UP TO NOW

      Catherine Maralit
      Petition Organizer

      The company has failed to accept any responsibility up to now and refuses to admit its fault in the death of my brother.
      A letter received October 16, 2012: Chris Nelson replied to my letter. Do you want some highlights? Simple few:
      1. Not a single word of apology or sorry
      2. Reiterated the chronology on how their unofficial representative Mr. Marquez approached the family
      3. Reiterated "assistance to the family over my brother's loss"

    2. Excerpt B: my letter sent to the President of PMFTC, Christopher Nelson

      Catherine Maralit
      Petition Organizer

      Unbelievable! Are you being serious when the company decides to parade the kind of waiver you have? the way your UNOFFICIAL representative Mr. Marquez approached the family? the application for permit letter addressed to the Office of the Mayor? Or the Brgy.Clearance (not even Brgy Permit) you obtained? I will leave those matters to your pool of attorneys. If you STILL INSIST TO TALK ABOUT IT, the family’s legal representatives are more than willing to do their talking about FACTUAL information we gathered in the right time.
      Stop using the word “financial assistance/tulong”! We find it severely insulting! We can start listening if you use the word “liability”.
      One chance. If your company will be ready to ACCEPT HIS MISTAKE and TAKE CHARGE of the responsibility, then we can give you a chance to meet us and tell us HOW YOU PLAN TO MAKE THINGS RIGHT. Do not cover your mistake with another mistake!

    3. Excerpt A: my letter sent to the President of PMFTC, Christopher Nelson

      Catherine Maralit
      Petition Organizer


      In behalf of the Maralit family, including my brother’s widow, I want to inform you that we were not moved by any of your past 2 letters dated July 13 and July 20. Three months after not seeing any of your PMFTC’s representatives is truly disappointing! It is not your late condolences that could comfort us now. We have read your letters over and over again but it is much more disappointing to say that your company and your best chosen HWANGS event organizers have never sent any sincere or even fake apologies at all. Yes, we NEVER received a straightforward apology from the company since April 7!

    4. A reply from DTI Director/IAC-Tobacco Secretariat

      Catherine Maralit
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Ms.Maralit,
      As a recipient of your complaint and from a number of petitioners thru the internet via the Human Petition Rights, we endorsed your complaint to the Dept of Health for their appropiate action for violation of Section 25 and 26 of Republic Act 9211 -Restrictions and Ban on Sponsorships and the Memorandum Circular No.1 Series of 2008 re Monitoring and Enforcement Guidelines of the Tobacco Regulation Act and its Implementing Rules and Regulations.
      Very truly yours,
      Victorio Mario Dimagiba
      Director,BTRCP/Secretariat, IAC-Tobacco

    5. RICH JUSTICE, Poor Justice

      Catherine Maralit
      Petition Organizer

      'Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly.' -Leviticus 19:15
      Let us all be guided with His wisdom while protecting the small. Please SHARE and SPREAD the news. We will remain watchful on how rich and powerful people define JUSTICE.

    6. Our Philippine Government is Our Defender

      Catherine Maralit
      Petition Organizer

      The family deeply appreciates all actions taken by each branch of our government as a response to this issue. Guided by the truth, Mayor Christopher Dolor of Galera confirmed that “As far as the permit is concerned, records from the Business Licensing and Permits office show that there was no issuance made by the concerned department.” We also acknowledge PNP for documenting this thoroughly.
      We also recognize the Dept of Health and the Dept of Tourism who are ensuring that this matter would be attended to with appropriate actions. We may take note that IACT is being spearheaded by the Department of Trade and Industry whose vision of success as stated in their website is anchored on global competitiveness with SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY and CONSUMER WELFARE as their platform.
      My Philippine Gov't will stay firm. My Philippine Gov't will speak up for the small. My Philippine Gov't will never be bullied by any profit-seeking company.
      Our Philippine Government will be our defender.

    7. Reached 6,000 signatures
    8. Your Support

      Catherine Maralit
      Petition Organizer

      "But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream." -Amos 5:24
      Please continue to SHARE this petition until justice has truly been served.

    9. Reached 5,000 signatures
    10. The death of Niño Maralit after a liquor drinking contest sponsored by PM

      Catherine Maralit
      Petition Organizer

      "Catherine hopes that in seeking justice for his brother, it may also serve as an eye-opener to the public." - quoted from the posted article once you visit the link

    11. Reached 4,000 signatures
    12. 2,500 Signed and Still More...

      Catherine Maralit
      Petition Organizer

      We have the right to know.

    13. Reached 2,500 signatures
    14. Increased signature goal from 1,000 to 2,000

      Catherine Maralit
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you to all who signed and shared this petition.

      I have increased the signature goal to 2,000 to expand our reach and increase public awareness of such injustice. I encourage you to keep on sharing my brother's story so that not another Kuya will become a victim of negligent organizers and big companies.

    15. Reached 750 signatures
    16. 500 Signatures Reached!

      Catherine Maralit
      Petition Organizer

      The people deserve to know what tobacco companies are capable of doing and how willing they are to cross the line for promoting their lethal products. Let's continue to spread the word and share the petition. Thank you.

    17. Reached 500 signatures
    18. After 3 months, a PMFTC REP showed up

      Catherine Maralit
      Petition Organizer

      Finally, my letter has reached Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corp Inc. Somebody showed up only because of that letter. After almost 3 months, their representative, Atty Raul Academia carried with him an explanation saying that they were surprised with the incident and do not know how to approach the family having been located in San Jose, Batangas which is just less than an hour away from their plant in Tanauan, Batangas. Too bad, I guess they may be worried about their travel expense.

      At present, they still find it hard to speak to our legal representative. Why? Well, let's not blame them if they can only send random household interviews or surveys just to make an assessment about the family.

    19. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • youssef jrifat MARRAKECH, MOROCCO
      • 4 months ago

      to have no more smokers

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 11 months ago

      I know an ex- tenant who is addicted to alcohol , drugs and nicotine, and has become an extremely malignant Cyberstalker and violent man, a very sad example !

      The Dangers of Drinking

      Alcohol is the number one drug of choice for teenagers.

      Alcohol-related car crashes are the number one killer of teenagers in the United States.

      Alcohol is the number one drug problem in America.

      If you think it can't happen to you, look around. Check your school's yearbooks for the last ten years. How many were dedicated to a student who was killed in a drunk driving crash?

      Ask your friends how many people they know who have had bad things happen to them when they or someone else was drinking.

      You don't even have to be the one doing the drinking — most teenage passenger deaths are the result of crashes caused by alcohol-impaired teenage drivers. No matter what the situation, drinking alcohol under the age of 21 is illegal.

      How Does Alcohol Affect You?

      You see double, slur your speech, you lose your sense of distance.

      Alcohol loosens your inhibitions; you make bad judgments that can result in car crashes, violence, unwanted pregnancy, sexual transmission of diseases, or rape.

      A significant portion of violent crimes and vandalism among and by youth involve use of alcohol.

      Using alcohol can cost you your freedom. You can be grounded by parents, lose your driver's license, or end up in jail.

      You can get sick or die from alcohol poisoning.

      Poor grades may be a result of increased use of alcohol.

      Be Smart About Advertising

      Take a good look at how the alcohol industry tries to convince people to use its products.

      Wine coolers are displayed in stores next to fruit drinks. Maybe they don't think you'll notice the difference between a regular fruit drink and one with alcohol.

      Different brands of beer and other alcoholic beverages are slipped into the movies you watch. They think if you see your favorite actor drinking it, you will too.

      The models on the beer commercials are always young, fit, and beautiful. But alcohol has plenty of calories and little nutritional value. Drinking it will not make you fitter or more attractive.

      Advertisements feature celebrities and sports figures, but drinking will not make you famous or athletic.

      Alcohol advertisers are now reminding people not to drink and drive. But drunk driving is not the only way alcohol can mess up your life.

      Advertisers hope you won't stop and think when you see their ads. Don't be conned. Use your own judgment, not theirs, and learn the facts.

      More Facts About Alcohol

      The earlier young people start drinking and using drugs, the more likely they are to become addicted.

      Drinking coffee, taking a cold shower, exercising, or breathing fresh air will not sober you up. The only thing that sobers you up is time — at least several hours.

      One beer, one shot of whiskey, and one glass of wine all have the same amount of alcohol. Don't fall for the myth that beer and wine are less intoxicating than hard liquor.

      Only 3 to 5 percent of alcoholics are what we think of as bums. Most alcoholics are just like people you know. Anyone can become an alcoholic — young, old, rich, poor, single, married, employed, or out-of-work.

      Drinking alcohol does not quench your thirst; it causes dehydration.

      Alcohol interferes with your central nervous system. You lose balance, coordination, and judgment.

      Alcohol ages and damages the brain.

      Alcoholism is hereditary.

      Eight young people a day die in alcohol related crashes.

      Teens who drink alcohol are 7.5 times more likely to use any illicit drug, and 50 times more likely to use cocaine than young people who never drink alcohol.

      You are breaking the law by buying or using alcohol before you are 21 years old.

      Take Action

      Make a pledge with your friends that you will help each other avoid alcohol and other drugs. Leave parties where kids are drinking.

      If a friend, or someone you know, has passed out from drinking too much alcohol, turn the person on his or her side and call 911 or your local emergency number for help. Too much alcohol can cause the central nervous system, which controls breathing, to shut down. Death can result.

      Don't ride with someone who has been drinking. Call a taxi, your parents, or another relative or friend for a ride.

      Encourage someone you think has a drinking problem to get help. Go with them to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings or to meet with a counselor.

      Suggest that members of any club or youth group you belong to organize an anti-drinking project — an alcohol-free post-prom, graduation, or New Year's Eve party.

      Make a presentation to your school's PTA meeting about how teachers and parents can realistically help kids avoid drugs and alcohol.

      Ask for help if someone is pressuring you to try alcohol or other drugs. Talk to someone you trust.

    • John Mark Relampagos SAN PABLO, PHILIPPINES
      • about 1 year ago

      I-Ban ang sigarilyo sa Pinas!

      • about 1 year ago

      yung hind nga excess na pag inum masama na ang epekto eh common sense naman kung pipilitin pa isaksak sa katawan ang alam nating masama...haler! nasan ang social responsibility lalong lalo na ng PMC! how irresponsible!

    • Grace Loren Vierneza LAGUNA, PHILIPPINES
      • over 1 year ago

      he is the brother of my officemate


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