With the controversy that has arisen on the Brgy. Felisa dumpsite, media practitioners believe that it is about time that an inquiry be held at the Bay Center which would be open to the general public.
There have already been a lot of news aired to the public over tri-media outlets and the general public have been fed with conflicting news since Leonardia was still the City Mayor.
Right now, as follows have been aired:
1. No land title on the controversial property?
2. Why was the land title, at least a photocopy, turned over to the City authorities when the Lopez family received the P20 million initial payment?
I was born in 1941. 1941 to 1945 was the height of war engagement in the Philippines.
This topic of war in the Pacific is well described by my fellow columnists Rolly Espina in his past columns and the scholarly writing of Roque Hofileña, Jr.
Facts about what happened with us are important facet of our history that should not be taken for granted. It is wealth to the country that we have such men who enrich our culture by their documentations.
I found out during our coffee talk with Henry Streegan that he was riding horses in the hinterland of Cadiz during the war. How I wish to know more about what happened to Henry as Rolly Espina did with his documentation on his column about war in Fabrica.
There’s an upsurge of libido by some politicians to divide Bacolod again into 2 districts. Of course, it is politically a self-centered move that would benefit politicians rather than the Bacoleños.
It’s based from an old dictum "divide and rule." It has the air of Machiavellian principle.
When Bing Leonardia was Mayor, he wanted to divide Bacolod into 2 districts to avoid head-on collision with his former ally Cong. Anthony Golez. Majority of Bacoleños resisted it, so the idea was nipped in the bud. Now that Leonardia is Congressman, he is opposed to it as Monico Puentevella being Mayor wanted it.
I do not know why Monico who was against it when he was Congressman now wants to divide Bacolod. Whatever is in the mind of Monico, I can conclude that it is not patriotic but matter of personal reasons.
My column "Old" immediately got a reaction from a lawyer friend in New York. He immediately e-mailed his feelings.
Atty. Aurelio Caparas emailed:
One of the cartoons I saw was this young girl asking her grandmother: "Grandma, what are you reading?" Grandma: "The Bible sweetie, the Bible." Granddaughter: "But why Grandma? Haven’t you read that before?" Grandmother: "Yes Sweetie, I did but this time I am preparing for my final examinations..."
But being old has its own blessings. You have a chance to look back at your life. And you will smile since you can remember your own "Paris." or your "Rosebud."
The other Saturday the Anti-coal had a meeting at Social Action Center in Bacolod. It was chaired by Fr. Ernie Lareda.
The important topic taken was the proposed coal fired power plant in Cadiz of which Mayor Patrick Escalante of Cadiz City announced as printed by some media outlets, that an environmental compliance certificate was already issued by the DENR.
The news immediately called the attention of Priscilla Goco, Secretary General of Freedom From Debt Coalition and Junjun Mojica of Green Alert.
It’s more than one week now that Philippine Military Academy cadet Aldrin Jeff Cudia unceremoniously left the campus. He was not able to graduate despite that he was expected to graduate at the top of his class.
When he was punished for being late for "2 minutes" from his class and the Damocles sword hanging at his top is for him to be dismissed unceremoniously for that. Then his sister puts his case at Facebook for the netizens to see. The more the gods of PMA blow their tops and told those who wanted to listen that Cudia is a candidate for dismissal for lying. There is an "honorable code" at PMA not to lie.
I am getting older. Soon I will die. That’s the destiny of all men anyway.
My friends who were younger than me had already perished from this earth many years ago.
Some of my contemporaries who are as old as I are running our government today. And the government they are running is not as good a good government should be. Yet they are there holding on to power despite that age is running against them. Soon they will be no more like the others before them. They will grow old as failures. They are given the chance to make a better society, yet because of insurmountable odds, they are heading to failure. They are eaten by corruption. Anyway corruption in the Philippines is all over— it’s from top to bottom.
Many in Cadiz will miss Engr. Jeffrey Poblador, the new Manager of Vresco in Cadiz. He was recalled back to main office in Manapla and given the new job as Chief of the Audit.
Engr. Poblador became the new manager of Vresco Cadiz after Typhoon Yolanda struck. He was immediately welcomed by outrageous complaints.
He sorts it out through the storm.
Jeffrey Poblador has gotten his taste of firestorms and made it. Many like him for that. He made threats and even perhaps fired some Vresco men that give the cooperative a dirty name.
Majority of Cadiznons do not know if what is the real score of the proposed coal fired power plant the proponents are proposing for Cadiz.
Last Thursday anti-coal group under the leadership of the Archdiocese of San Carlos had a meeting in Bacolod of which I attended. They based their conclusion on the statement of Cadiz Mayor Patrick Escalante being published by a local newspaper that the ECC of the coal fired project has been approved.
They look it up on the website but they cannot see anything concrete.
Defeated candidate for Mayor of Cadiz Maui Garganera sought me last week, to ask a space on this column concerning the gripe of former Cadiz City Engr. Leonilo Hulleza.
Nilo Hulleza had a brickbat with former Mayor Salvador"Bading" Escalante, Jr. that led to his dismissal from office.
Hulleza fought the dismissal and it reaches the ground of Olympus but Hulleza remained unemployed despite of positive reports to favor his side.