Rutte: ‘Let’s make money together’...
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Rutte: ‘Let’s make money together’
WILLEMSTAD – According to the Dutch
Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, one of the important goals of the business trip to the
Caribbean territories of the Dutch Kingdom that he wants to reach is “to make
tons of money together”.
This is what Prime Minister Rutte declared during e press conference in Fort
Amsterdam on July 16. He was accompanied by his counterpart Prime Minister
Rutte left Aruba Monday morning and will visit Bonaire, St. Maarten, St. Eustatius
and Saba later this week. He praised during the press conference in Curaçao ‘the
great opportunities that the Kingdom has to offer to do business together in Latin
This new attitude, business minded and focused on profit, fits, according to the
Prime Minister, in the new relationship within the Kingdom. “On October 10, 2010,
we entered a new political situation and the Netherlands has transferred its last
euros to the Caribbean countries within the Kingdom,” he explained.
“Now we look forward to future businesses. I am pleased that my colleague Ivar
Asjes, just like me, has a business look at things and also just like me sees the
importance of a good education, good governance and has a sound public
finances as one of his priorities.
Investors Come to the Antilles Look What We Have Found
AmigoeHome English Entrepreneurs Aqua Spa fight on
Entrepreneurs Aqua Spa
Sunday, 28 October 2012 17:02
ORANJESTAD — In the multi-million claims case against Arubabank and
Riffort Village/Renaissance Hotel, the bank recently lied before the
judge, said Aruban entrepreneurs who instituted proceedings based on
A decision on this case from the meanwhile bankrupt beauty parlor Aqua Spa at
the Renaissance Hotel on Curaçao is scheduled for Monday, October 29. The case
had come up in court on September 18 on which the Amigoe reported on
September 20. At the time the judge already paid much attention to the role of
Arubabank in the company’s ruin. Entrepreneurs Hassell-Lopez (mother Mena
and son Emile) claimed almost 12 million florins because they alleged the bank
had connived with Renaissance so that the hotel could take over the spa for very
Attachment of goods
In court the judge mainly asked questions as to why the bank – when there was
a question of arrears with the entrepreneurs – had closed the spa for two months
and left the contents inside. A clear answer wasn’t given in court because
Arubabank made it clear that it hadn’t actually closed the business on December
22, 2010. The bank implied in court that the spa could have continued its
business. The bank had gone to the spa with a bailiff that day but only to take
stock. By its own account the bank took that action because it feared the
entrepreneurs would try to sell the insolvent spa. After all the bank had tried to
contact spa-director Emile for days and on December 17 the bank finally visited
mother Mena Lopez who supposedly mentioned the sale at the time. For that
matter, the entrepreneurs categorically deny the sale.
After the session in court on September 18 the entrepreneurs immediately
started collecting new evidence against what the two bank employees had stated
before the judge. A conversation followed with the bailiff and personnel from
Arubabank, who unexpectedly visited the spa and immediately closed the
business. This bailiff states he acted by order of the bank to place an attachment
on the goods. According to him, this automatically means closing the business
immediately. The request to place an attachment had already been made on
December 7, according to a letter from the lawyer currently representing
Arubabank in this case. The Arubabank lied once again to the judge on having
waited until after December 17 to take action, said Lopez.
Matter of principle
The bailiff also stated that the auction of the seized goods was held several
months later because Arubabank negotiated with Eduardo de Veer Jr. from
Renaissance on how much De Veer would pay for the goods. Entrepreneurs
Hassell and Lopez consider this further evidence for their proposition that the
goods were sold for next to nothing so that Renaissance could eventually reopen
the spa quickly on its own. During the auction the goods were sold to De Veer for
76,000 florins. It was a public auction and according to a statement from another
beauty specialist who wanted to make a bid, everyone who had come felt they
were taken for a ride because apparently there was already an agreement that
Renaissance would buy the business. The entrepreneurs also query this
considering their current debt of 1.6 million which Arubabank had reclaimed while
the bank had sold their goods for a very low price. According to Lopez, this also
proves that the bank had lied about their collaboration with Renaissance.
Lopez, who had a spa for years on Aruba, says this case has now become a
matter of principle. “Behind our backs the bank negotiated with Renaissance to
take over the spa, thus violating ethic rules. I don’t want to become 80 years and
live with this dishonesty for years. We call this swindle here. During the court
session the lawyer of Renaissance spoke of the goose with the golden eggs and
that the hotel must not become a playground for companies. However, it happens
to be their playground and they have the goose with the golden eggs while they
and the bank abuse their power to put pressure on an ambitious entrepreneur.”
This pressure continues said Lopez because despite the trial bailiffs still pay her
salon on Aruba unexpected visits. She finds the conduct of the Arubabank – ‘I’m
not talking about all banks because I had a good relation with RBC for example’ –
and the lying shocking. “Like many, I’ve been raised to respect banks. They are
to comply with high ethic standards; that’s how they promote themselves. At first
I couldn’t believe their intentions and it took some time before I understood.
That’s why I always compare my shock with that of the reports on abuse in the
In any case Lopez will never borrow from a bank again. She sees events as the
upcoming Aruba Small Business Week as a ‘front’ to get entrepreneurs to
contract a loan. “I know them because I too visited such events. It sounds
promising for the average entrepreneur who has little time and listens to
information that is aiming too high. These are socializing events where food and
drinks are served, something comparable to falling in love. However, the wake-up
call comes once you’ve signed. Signing a loan agreement with Arubabank with
personal surety is like Hotel California to me: you can check out but you can
never leave.” Lopez advises other entrepreneurs to use their savings or bring in
capital together with other equal partners. “Take it slow, and grow step by step
on your own.”
On her trial she states: “the judge also urged for a settlement and was prepared
to give more time. Lopez says there’ve been approaches by Arubabank and
Renaissance since September 18 but there’s nothing concrete as yet. If the
verdict next Monday is not in her favor, the entrepreneur will not give up. “It’s
become a matter of principle; this is not how you treat people.”
Arubabank and Renaissance said they wouldn’t comment while the trial is in
progress. As reported earlier by the Amigoe they deny the conspiracy. They
blame the downfall of Aqua Spa on inexperience, especially of director Hassell,
and consider this the risk of entreprenuership.
Since this statement by The Renaissance Curacao Attorney the Renaissance
Curacao was found guilty of damages. They have appealed. That will drag the
Justice needed and asked for out further as The Hotel uses that World Class Spa
for now going on 3 years? The Bank is exonerated when they were the alleged
driver of this seemingly illegal operation? The Spa has spent approaching 150K in
attorney fees. They have over 2 million invested that the bank and the Hotel are
using. The Bank and Hotel have multiple cases pending against them and this
system continues to operate with the Courts protection. THIS SYSTEM SEEMS
STAY AWAY AS IT LOOKS TO BE DESIGNED TO ONLY STEAL FROM YOU!!
THE COURT SYSTEM LOOKS TO BE THEIR GUARANTEED BACKUP!!
Investors Come to the Antilles Look What We Have Found
American Investors along with their Aruba counterparts have by all
indications uncovered an alleged organized illegal Business Banking
system in the Dutch Antilles. It looks allegedly to be specifically designed
to steal wealth from Investors. It seems to be protected by the Dutch
Court System. Allegedly once you sign a contract with any part of this
system you will be taken for a financial ride where the system is
allegedly designed to shake you down for all your capital and
possessions. It is alleged that the system continues simply because it is
Dutch driven. Those caught in this trap are told to remain silent. Eduardo
De Veer (Owner of the Renaissance Hotel Aruba and Renaissance Hotel
Curacao) eluded to this through his attorney during the Aqua Spa case.
His attorney remarked “But you went to the media.”
These Americans have watched Orco-Aruba Bank and The Renaissance
Hotel Curacao and it's owner Eduardo De Veer seemingly act much like a
criminal organization to allegedly steal a Spa built with Aqua Spa's
Capital. They have watched Aruba-Orco Bank allegedly use all means it
could to not only close Aqua Spa but use their Bank executive Sharon
Frankel to allegedly tamper with the Plaintiff's business and at least two
of its employees in Aruba called “Mena's Skin Care”. Aruba-Orco Bank
sat with the Renaissance Hotel as they supported each other through the
entire court case. Aruba-Orco Bank continuously tried through
gamesmanship to kill the Aqua Spa case that would have provided the
money they claimed to be seeking. In the US these people would be
under investigation by multiple agencies.
It is nauseating to witness all this effort as they were allegedly partnered
with the Renaissance in what is looking like a planned illegal business
operation that has and continues to this day in the Antilles. During the
court case The Bank did Lie when they claimed they did not close the
Spa, as evidence submitted shows.
Allegedly Aruba-Orco Bank has used a bailiff Marilyn Kock to harass and
create unreasonable acts of aggression towards Mena's Skin Care
business and her clients affecting the operation of this business. These
alleged unreasonable, over the top acts by Aruba-Orco bank and their
agent Marilyn Kock have caused damage to her business. It is an
unscrupulous type behavior that is off the map for any legal banking
Institution to be involved in. Marilyn Kock made up to 10 visits including
one where she called police. She stayed 3 hours allegedly harassing
employees and clients, threatening to enter the business and go through
all of the files. When Marilyn Kock was asked to produce the papers
allowing this, she could not and the police sent her away.
In a recent court decision relating, the Dutch Court says they have no
jurisdiction over court employees including Marilyn Kock. This seems to
drive the people towards taking their own justice? How can this be? This
looks to be a verdict used to protect the existing illegal operation. It
sustains the bailiff and protects their alleged illegal system against
others who have court cases waiting. In the Aqua Spa verdict the Judge
said “I cannot sit in the seat of the Banker.”This one statement clearly
identifies a court system run by the Banks where they are the Judge.
This is potentially what awaits you when you conduct business in the
Please don't get caught up in the Dutch controlled court system to seek
relief. It seems to be a complete waste of money and your time. There is
little transparency in what they do. In many cases its alleged they just
delay the verdict to create costs and allow their system to continue as
you are tapped. Do not fight them in a court that allegedly is specifically
there to keep this illegal system in place as these Americans have found
out. Allegedly all attorneys including the one you secure work for the
illegal system as they take your money but fall down for the illegal
system. Just stay away from the Antilles as the illegal operation looks to
be entrenched, across the board on these Islands.
Natalee Holloway and her family were treated in a very unusual manner.
We now realize it was the Dutch controlled system that was the driver of
the stonewalling that occurred during her disappearance. These Antillean
people are good souls being allegedly held hostage to a Dutch system
that is tapping their wealth and creating debt as a few Dutch Bankers,
and Holland Politicians plus a few selected Antillean Business people get
wealthy while they diminish their own country and its people in a
treasonous type action.
Aruba-Orco bank, always claimed they just wanted their money back.
Its alleged that Aruba Bank has already received payment for the Spa.
Allegedly Eduardo de Veer and Bas the CEO of Orco-Aruba bank met and
came to an agreement for the price of the Spa prior to their collisional act
of closing Aqua Spa.
As business people the Americans have never understood why Aruba-
Orco bank would barge in unannounced at the height of the Christmas
season, demand the loan payment in full or they were closing the Spa.
Why would a legal Bank damage their investment like that? Once it was
closed the value diminished and the bargaining power the bank had
against the Renaissance was gone. It was because they allegedly had
already sold the Spa to the Renaissance.
They could have easily negotiated with the Renaissance and sold the Spa
in the open above the board legally like an ethical Banking Institution
would do. This is not how an illegal system that has court backup works
though. Instead Aruba-Orco Bank allegedly looked at this as a chance to
get paid for the Spa plus collect the collateral that was put up as surety
for the loan by freezing out Aqua Spa in the deal they struck. This seems
to be an illegal Banking-Business operation that was caught in the act.
Aruba-Orco Bank's alleged Illegal and Criminal Acts
1. The Aqua Spa loan was tied directly to a Lease Agreement that was
predatory and so restrictive it made the Spa unsellable. The Renaissance
Hotel was to receive 28% of the first 1 Million dollars that went through
its system or gross. No business can survive someone taking all the
profits as this lease agreement ensured.
In an act of alleged Banking Loan Fraud Aruba-Orco bank wrote the
contract and presented this loan corner stoned by this Predatory lease
contract knowing that the business would never succeed under that lease
contract. There are still loans being wrote to these predatory type
contracts as the system continues to entrap with allegedly the Dutch
Court System their protection. This is completely off the map of anyone's
understanding of why they would risk this being disclosed to the world's
Business and Banking community.
2. The negotiated loan contract and written loan contract were different.
When the borrowers went back just hours after signing the loan to
discuss what they had discovered they were told its too late to change
what have you signed? Why was this contract written in English when
that is the 3rd
language of most Arubans.
It is absolutely infuriating to the Americans involved in this case. It
means from the very beginning these people were allegedly picked and
groomed by Aruba Bank to take their wealth. How can this happen in a
civilized country. How can people working for Aruba-Orco bank use their
their respected position in the community and their friendship with these
Spa people to deliver them into a trap that would take their wealth?
Shelia Van Veen even told Emile your Mom has lost it all? These are
despicable people with no conscience or sense of community. It is no
wonder Arubans do not trust one another.
3. That Aruba-Orco Bank Loan contract held not one line of protective
language which should be standard to guard the disbursement of funds.
This is a Banking Industry standard and part of Aruba-Orco Banks
previous Contracts. Why was it removed in this contract? Is this an act of
premeditated Banking Loan Fraud? Why did the Court not address this in
their verdict? This is obscene and should be a warning to all
contemplating spending any money in the Antilles. All judges are direct
out of Holland as is this alleged illegal type Banking Business system.
This is allegedly why the Court has turned away as if they didn't see what
has happened. In this denial they protect the money stream from the
Antilles to the mother country. PLEASE DO NOT GET ENTANGLED WITH
THIS UPSIDE DOWN SYSTEM!!
4. Why was no Aruba-Orco Bank construction supervisor appointed as
was required by the contract? This Is alleged act of premeditated
Banking Loan Fraud.
5. These two acts are just the beginning of what is a series of alleged
premeditated illegal and criminal type acts by a Business-Banking
operation designed to only generate loan failure. Aruba-Orco Bank put
this loan and the collateral used for surety at an unreasonable risk
through these negligent and questionable acts. The question begs why
would they do this unless they were seeking loan failure? Why did the
Curacao court not even mention this in their verdict?
6. During Construction Giselle Gillio account representative for Orco bank
visited and asked to check the construction moneys remaining. She
remarked that it was quite substantial. One week later the job went into
a slowdown. There were days when no one was on the site. Many days
the few workers present were standing around and smoking marijuana
when there was a construction deadline looming.
7. Aqua Spa immediately asked to meet with the Bank at the site to
discuss this. Giselle Gillio met with Aqua Spa and was asked where is the
Bank oversight, we feel we are being stolen from? Giselle answered
that's why we have Bruce here, signaling that they did not have their
own supervisor but allowed Eduardo De Veer of the Renaissance Hotel
Curacao to appoint his person as the supervisor. Instead of the
Independent Construction Supervisor being appointed by Aruba-Orco
Bank, Bruce was introduced by The Renaissance Curacao as “The only
person who could bring the project in on time and within the budget”. He
failed miserably as the costs and construction time exploded. He
trumped his earnings with no penalties for missed completion dates and
the cost over runs he and the Bank allegedly created by the slow down
Eduardo demanded that up to 2 million be invested in that Spa and that it
was done to his specifications. The costs without the Independent Bank
supervision ran 35% over the estimate. The slow down doubled the
length of time it took to complete. These two single acts generated by
negligence or premeditation by Aruba-Orco banks failure to act in a
reasonable and accepted banking practice manner caused the costs to
8. When Aqua Spa went back to talk with Aruba-Orco bank about start up
capital now needed the bank replied you are on your own. This forced
Aqua Spa to seek outside investors. No Bank does this. Its you are on
your own? Its their investment too or was it? They sure never acted like
it belonged to them. What was the bank going to do, use Bank tellers to
run it or just let it die? Maybe they planned on handing it over to the
Renaissance right there. It now became evident why all protective
language was removed, why no supervisor for the bank was appointed,
why Giselle Gillio came to check the books and the slowdown happened
immediately after her visit. Why at 150 days after opening Giselle said
“we are thinking we will have to take your Spa to auction.” This at the
same time Aqua Spa broke even months ahead of schedule.
Emile the Spa director went outside of the alleged boycott of the
Renaissance Hotel and was able to market more guests from outside
Hotels than the boycott of the Hotel Renaissance was providing. At this
time the boycott by the Renaissance allegedly went into full force and
clients from the 200 room Renaissance Curacao Hotel diminished to less
than one per day. Eddie De Veer Junior told Emile “I will not lift a finger
to help you.” Its alleged that this was planned by the Renaissance
Curacao and Aruba-Orco bank to fail so to get at the Jardines Condos
used as collateral. This allegedly allowed Eduardo De Veer, Aruba-Orco
banks business partner in this swindle to get a World Class Spa right
when its finished and ready to go for little to nothing.
9.Many actions by Aruba-Orco Bank made little to no business sense. It
became evident that their activity was not within Standard Banking
practices. In March of 2010 Giovani Anthony in an email stated that
Aruba-Orco bank and its board had decided to back up Aqua Spa in their
Boycott case against Eduardo De Veer and the Renaissance Hotel
Curacao. They never did. In fact they stood against Aqua Spa from the
day they presented the original loan contract for signing. They changed
the written contract that was earlier agreed upon by all parties in their
loan contract meetings.
10. In another suspicious act the second part of that email introduced
that Takeover Agreement. It was presented as a crucial document that
must be signed in order to safely move that loan back to Aruba. Giovani
Anthony used multiple tactics to pressure the plaintiffs to sign that
illegitimate contract. In one act of alleged tampering they contacted
Aqua Spa's accountant, Anthony Croes and had him arrange a meeting at
his Deloitte and Touche offices where the plaintiff might feel more at
ease. Anthony Croes told the plaintiffs you have to sign this Takeover
Agreement which he then later denied saying.
This was not signed as it contained fraudulent statements and would
have made the Plaintiffs slaves for life as they turned over all that they
owned to this Bank. It made them solely responsible for all those issues
Aruba-Orco Bank failed to do as a trusted Institution should have. It was
not needed as an attorney representing Aqua Spa told the Bank.
At this point it became evident that although Anthony Croes was the
Plaintiff's accountant he seemed to be working for Aruba-Orco bank's
best interest while allegedly passing confidential information to Aruba-
150 days after opening of the Spa they broke even, ahead of schedule. At
the same time, out of the blue Giselle Gillio told the Spa manager Emile
we will likely take you to auction. The next day Shelia Van Veen told
Emile “Your Mom has lost it all.” Sixteen months later Aruba-Orco bank
closed the Spa and the Renaissance froze them out not allowing entry
while Aruba-Orco Bank did nothing. Two months later Aruba-Orco Bank
sold the Spa furnishings in an alleged fixed public auction to the
Renaissance Hotel. There is testimony that the Bailiff was told by
Naglemakers the attorney for Aruba-Orco Bank to open the Bid at 75K
AWG. Next the Renaissance would immediately bid 76kAWG. He was to
take that bid and close the auction as he did. This allegedly is collusion
and shows the illegal type contact between these two. This action was
outside of the law and their contractual obligations to Aqua Spa.
In a recent verdict from this case The Renaissance Hotel Curacao was
found guilty of the damages. The court spent a good portion of the
verdict exonerating Aruba-Orco Bank. Aruba-Orco Bank the alleged
driver of this illegal operation and the Entity that took the lead attorney
position in the Aqua Spa lawsuit was let off the hook and found free of
any wrong doing. In that action the verdict implicated the Curacao Court
as an active player in this illegal system.
There is absolutely no way that The Renaissance could have carried out
all the court claims if there had been ethically operating Bank involved as
the lender. The court is the last line of defense against crime and
protection of the rule of law. Until the Court system is flushed of this
alleged corrupt system it is best not to engage in any Business or
Banking in the Antilles.