Many positive programs and projects are being planned, under the new city government administration of newly-elected Chief Executive Monico Puente-vella, which include among others, a review of the Tax Revenue Code, which earned lots of brickbats during the period the previous administration held sway. This include the disposition of job order and plantilla casuals of the previous administration, the improvement of basic services, implementing better deals for public schoolteachers in the city, tackling seriously the problem bedeviling the urban poor and tourism, are among developments, envisioned by the new city administration under Mayor Monico Puentevella, Wilson "Jun" Gamboa, one of the winning councilors said during an interview over radio station DYRL’s "Tungkaron Ta Ini" program.
The local and regional NBI law enforcement agencies, are once more bedeviled with charges of being involved in irregularities, including carrying out lightning raids on business establishments and engaging in extortion, masked as part of its legal mandate. But highly-reliable sources who requested not to be named, have declared that those behind the large-scale scams have capitalized upon the agency’s fearless reputation to intimidate personalities and business establishments, in an effort to produce money, tainted with fraud, sources said.
The complainants include used clothes dealers in the city, who swore that for months on end, a man representing himself as a confidential agent of the bureau, has been the bagman of the extortion activities. But confidential agents have as early on last year, been eliminated by an order of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima.
OFFICIALS MANIPULATE PROPAGANDA. Officials of the Bacolod City Water District (BACIWA) are fiercely divided into two factions, as they are internally confronted by the issue of what measures should be carried out to save the critically ailing water provider for the city about half-a-million pesos.
BACIWA officials are equally split on measures to be implemented to save the badly-ailing water firm, so to speak. It is in fact, almost dying.
One faction with BACIWA General Manager Julie Ann Carbon, and members of the board of directors, say another loan, about a little more than P400-M in addition to the loan incurred from the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) earlier should be enough to increase the quasi-government’s water agency to ensure that most of the water it produces will be lost though still-to-be-proved claims such as water pilferage and the like. But management, on the other hand, argues that the non-water revenue loss is due to water seeping out of the firm’s undeveloped pipeline system.
BECAUSE IT IS JUST RIGHT. There are now discussions and debates on the holding of elections in the basic or lower level of governance and which is the barangay.
Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes has recommended that for the sake of adequate preparations, elections in the barangay be postponed either in 2014 or early, 2015 because it is too early for this. A lot of preparations are needed, says the Comelec honcho. But those who decided on the October 2013 date, must be men who are wiser than most, congressmen and senators.
Of course, barangay officials to include councilmen and those in the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) would push for elections later, to promote their own interests. They will continue to receive privileges, benefits and their wages while they are staying in office.
Those who are facing anti-graft complaints or actual anti-graft cases in the Sandiganbayan Bayan, will benefit immensely too, from the poll’s postponement.
Bacolod’s number one winning councilor and incumbent El Cid Familiaran, has indicated his willingness to forge a working alliance with councilors of the aggrupation, MKK and newly-elected chief executive, Monico Puentevella.
Familiaran also discussed developments which he says should be carried out in the city, for the good of its residents.
Changes, he said, taking into mind the interest of the whole populace, should include necessary developments in the city’s three public markets to include the Central, North or Burgos Market and the South Market or the Libertad St. public market.
AND EXULTATIONS OF VICTORIES. The recent senatorial, congressional and local governments’ election was one of surprises, even more so shocking defeats for well-entrenched candidates vying for reelection or political clans.
In some cases the pains of defeat were marred by incidents akin to applying salt on gaping wounds.
The recent elections also, in a way pinpointed the ills and weaknesses, the glaring imperfections of the country’s electoral system.
Among the most exulting victories was that of the hotly-contested gubernatorial battle, nay, war between Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. and erstwhile political ally Lim-ao Alvarez which also meant a humiliating defeat for a once-assumed political honcho, a billionaire twice over.
AND THE CHINESE SUPER BULLY. The report which went around the international media is picturing the Philippines as a wimp, a helpless shadow of a defenseless nation is lamentable.
This came after the death of a Taiwanese fishermen whose boat tried to ram a BFAR ship and when the coast guard men on board fired in self-defense, provoked a seeming international outrage from a nation which is supposed to be only a speck in the sea of Taiwan.
But the Taiwanese government has humiliated the Philippine government and the nation of close to 100 million Filipinos.
Another very noticeable fact is that while Chinese ships violate Philippine waters with impunity, we have not done anything to prevent this. By Chinese, we refer to the People’s Republic of China.
A political ally of comebacking municipal mayor Cicero Borromeo, sees positive development for the backwater town, after his win in the May 13, 2013 election.
Anti-Graft campaigner Penuel Tanio, a loyal political ally of Borromeo, who campaigned doggedly and determinedly for the comebacking mayor said, things are looking up for the town, after Borromeo wrested the local government once more away from Manzano. Borromeo, who had earlier returned to the province from the US, won an unprecedented one term over Candoni Mayor Jechonias Manzano but in the last election, he once more lost to Manzano.
Now, Borromeo, according to Tanio, intends to make up for lost time as mayor in a mountain town, which Tanio said could be at the top of underdeveloped municipalities in the province.
The coming 2016 election must not be marred by charges and countercharges of election fraud, necessitating the termination of the contract for the use of the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines or anything connected with it, Partylist Congressman Neri Colmenares, said in a press conference yesterday at a local restaurant in Bacolod.
"Foreigners must also not be allowed to exercise any form of influence or intervention in Philippine elections, "Neri said also referring to the mother company which is involved in transactions for the sale of PCOS machines. The recent election was also marred in many cases with rampant vote-buying."
GASATAYA WAXES BUT REALITY SAYS OTHERWISE. Vice-Mayor elect Greg Gasataya, and other Grupo Progreso officials elected in the recent May 13 elections are guaranteed to experience bad trips in the Bacolod City Council, once the sessions start.
The councilors of Grupo Progreso who won, namely Caesar Distrito, Roberto Rojas, Alex Paglumotan, Em Ang and Carl Lopez would surely labor as if going upstream against strong currents.
The Grupo Progreso councilors, have been charged with many complaints along with Mayor Evelio Leonardia, in alleged irregularities including the NGC building construction, garbage dump purchase in Brgy. Felisa, purchase of the Arao property and development, alleged scams and many more filed by a slew of whistleblowers who have now been vindicated, in their persistency in filing the complaints.