SURFACE OF SPRING WATER BENEFITS ALL. We have been discussing the issues surrounding the circumstances linked with the Bacolod City Water District for months on end, and lately we have come to a conclusion that we have been right all along, with the most telling being our contention on irregularities attending the water firm, and the water we have been taking from our pipes daily for many many years.
Anomalies have been attending LWUA-BACIWA Operations with the succeeding members of the BACIWA board, remissed in rectifying these errors and instead, worsening it. One issue for one the taking out of a P547-M loan from a Japanese international lending agency which practically went to naught. A seven-kilometer pipeline built with the use of the loan and other projects carried out through the loan have all went to useless alleged and supposed development endeavors.
IS THE PROBLEM ITSELF. On the Salvador Benedicto Northern Negros Natural Park (NNNP) for one, we are now once again, told that the PAMB Board will discuss the matter and issue its recommendation. On many other issues, these are what time and again, we have been informed.
This is also the case of areas already of targeted landholdings for agrarian reform, but how many complaints on this matter have cropped up with government and specifically the DAR-MARO, not carrying this out?
Or the encroachment of such "development" and investors building structures without business permits, manipulating the titling of lands on already declared land reform areas such as in Alangilan Village or in foreshore communities where small fishermen and seashell gatherers are deprived of livelihood? There are now similar and innumerable cases all over the country, with procrastination as the culprits of maldevelopment.
SOME TELLING POINTS. This Sunday morning, a few hours before the epic boxing combat between Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao, and Timothy Bradley, the "Running Man".
Our observations/points are actually take-offs from comments points made by Pacman trainer, Freddie Roach and even from Bradley himself with some analysis thrown in.
Both sides also made these observations based on the twos previous bout, where Pacquiao lost by few measly points to Bradley in what many people said were biased judging and which was even criticized by the Nevada State Boxing Commission because the evident conscious biasness of one of the judges was evident.
Now that Bob Arum, the boxing promoter has arranged a return bout between the two, a load of speculations about the possible results of their fight a few hours from now has, of course, ensued.
Bacolod City Councilor Wilson "Jun" Gamboa Jr. though the controversy linked with the transport terminal in Mandalagan just near Bata Village on the highway, had been subjected to an implied moratorium by him and businessman Crispin Chua, but he said he has sadly mistaken because just recently, the Filipino-Chinese businessman once again went the rounds of the various media outlets saying he had been right all along claiming that in Councilor Carl Lopez’ City Council report, the alderman had sustained his position.
But Gamboa, who had earlier claimed that he was the author of the ordinance creating the North Terminal said, this was not true, referring to Chua’s claim.
Gamboa said he had his own report on the north terminal with Chua’s claim baseless.
AS WATER LEVEL DROPS. Fears are once again being expressed all over the country, in every province and in areas where water supply comes from huge dams. These are dams such as Pantabangan, Magat and Angat Dams in Luzon.
In Bacolod City, concerned BACIWA officials especially whistleblowers and owners of springs in hinterlands of Bacolod and Talisay expressed concerns that with the persistent use of deepwells to supply water to concessionaires, time would not be far off when the groundwater deepwells would dry up and seawater would invade former groundwater deepwells and we would experience the problem Cebu City is facing, lack of groundwater, or freshwater sources because of overuse of groundwater as main sources of water, potable for washing, and for various usage.
That alarm has already been raised by various studies released previously.
Lawyer Roger "Brick" Reyes whose family owns a freshwater springs in the Alangilan Village area, says the BACIWA gets its supply of the commodity to Bacolod residents.
After a lengthy and wide-ranging even detailed investigation of the Poso Village, La Castellana town ambush launched by the unit of the Leonardo Panaligan, Central Negros Command of the New People’s Army (NPA) more than a year ago which killed and wounded several policemen and resulted in the killing of two civilians who had hitched a ride on a cargo truck, the main Boy Gatmaitan Command bared the results of its probe in a statement made available to members of the Negros media yesterday, generally saying that no massacre happened as claimed by the government, the guerilla army has no criminal liability and therefore, it is not under obligation to provide indemnification to the victims, said the spokesman, Ka Juanito Magbanua.
"There was also no need to set up a special military court by the NPA to tackle the alleged culpability of the squad which carried out the ambush," Ka Juanito Magbanua added. "The charges could well be tackled and was decided upon administratively by the Negros Island Party Committee (NIRPC) and its military arm, the NPA command in the Negros Island front."
In the portion of the lengthy statement, Ka Juanito Magbanua explained that the ambush, therefore, military action by the NPA was against a considered military target and against the state’s armed forces generally.
THUS, THE APPEAL. Thus, in a press conference recently when she won the signal victory of being favored in a fair decision by RTC Judge Franklin Demonteverde, in an appeal for the issuance of a restraining order and preliminary injunction on her removal by LWUA officials and with the collaboration of half of the water district’s members of the board, she also issued a fervent appeal to Mayor Monico Puentevella to let things be as she had nothing against the City government’s top honcho who, she said, is a close relative.
When she was appointed member of the BACIWA board representing the professional sector, what was on her mind was to do her duty and be of service to the people, the consumers of Bacolod.
Her fiscalication of the water district was but part of her responsibility and her obligation and that what she was doing was not directed against the mayor. And she has no intention of having any conflict with him or anybody in the City Government but that like them she has a mandate to serve the interests of BACIWA consumers.
Coordinated protest actions were launched by the militant Kilusang Magbubukid sa Pilipinas (KMP-Negros), in four cities and towns yesterday before Municipal Agrarian Reform Offices (MAROs) of the DAR in condemnation of the way, manner and method of the government’s CARP implementation and the actual status of the program which has practically become inutile.
This, Southern Negros KMP-Negros Secretary-General Aquilino Patorio said in a signed written statement and in an interview with DYRL’s "Tungkaron Ta Ini", news-commentary program which airs daily.
The moving pickets were launched in Kabankalan City, Himamaylan City, Binalbagan town and Hinigaran town, Patorio said in an interview by cellphone.
With BACIWA Director Dra. Marichi Ramos winning a signal victory in her stint with the board of directors, more problems will face executive officers of the water firm, including primarily General Manager, lawyer Juliana Carbon and directors to include lawyers Maida Torre and LWUA-assigned Atty. Yolanda Zaragoza and Mrs. Cecilia Henares. Include COA head Diana Tan who has stonewalled in the granting of Ramos’ per diems of P14T a month at P7T per board meeting in spite of the issuance of a Preliminary injunction on her removal by Judge Franklin Demonteverde.
As of this writing, Saturday, April 5, Tan has steadfastly refused to grant Ramos’ several months per diem, refused to renew her cellphone privileges, plus other benefits she is entitled to as director.
Tan is under the control and thumb of Ramos’ enemies who have been doing everything to deny her seat in the BACIWA board as if she does not have any right or rights.
Lawyer Roger "Brick" Reyes said this is concretely because of her having questioned actions of the executive management and three of the water district’s members of the board actions in the immediate past.
BLACK BOX AND DEEPSEA CRAFT DEPLOYMENT. The world, including Filipinos are still deeply interested in the whereabouts of the missing MH370 Boeing wide-bodied plane, which has now become the foremost guessing game in the whole world.
And the clock is ticking on the possibility of finding the black box which could unlock the mystery of the missing Malaysian plane which was on its way to Beijing in China, when it was diverted and was over the sea in Vietnam when according to news reports it turned back, changed direction and flew into the direction of the Indian Ocean, the plane disappeared without a trace but in the intervening period since its disappearance, debris which could be the plane’s disintegrated parts were seen in satellite images and monitored by various countries such as China, Thailand and Vietnam.
But no findings of the supposed floating debris monitored have been found and verified to be that of the missing plane.