The court decision denying the petition of Dynasty Agri-Aqua Ventures, Inc. to stop the alleged illegal use by the Bacolod City Government of the property in Brgy. Felisa purchased by the city government as a sanitary landfill has upheld the city’s responsibility to its constituents "to maintain a balanced ecology, a safe and healthy environment as mandated by law."
This was the consensus from a cross-section of knowledgeable citizens and the bulk of city residents on the ruling handed down by Judge Remegio Rojo of the Municipal Trial Court in Cities (MTCC) Branch 5 which junked the petition for the issuance of a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO).
In his verdict denying the Lopez family’s prayer for a TRO, the MTCC judge stressed that the Solid Waste Disposal Facility is an infrastructure project which all Local Government Units (LGUs) are duty-bound to implement and therefore are required in accordance with Republic Act 9003, under pains of legal sanctions for failure to comply
A LESSON FOR BACOLOD RESIDENTS. The supposed positive projects and programs previously being implemented by the past Leonardia administration have proven negative for the present administration of Mayor Monico O. Puentevella. This is a concrete reality. Look at the changes and reforms being implemented by the Puentevella administration on the issue of the city’s three main public markets.
When Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella was slapped with a hold departure order (HDO) by the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation (BID) on orders from the Sandiganbayan, some sectors had advanced the idea that a suspension order is not far behind.
Truth is, political detractors of the hands-on City Executive, have been spreading word that the two orders would have been more than enough to cut short the mayor’s stint at city hall that could have derailed all his plans for Bacolod, and pave the way for a changing of the guards with the taking over of a new mayor at the helm of the city government, pronto! But did not turn out to be so.
Rumors and speculations on the sad fate of the Puentevella mayorship flew thick and fast, sounding as if the world of the emerging leadership is coming to its doom and inevitable downfall.
LONG TIME COMING. The organizing process for the emergence of the consumer’s group, Metro-Bacolod Forum (MBF), has been long in coming because the consumer’s group, is the product of a democratic process with people’s initiative forcibly and manipulatively suppressed.
We say this because, without knowing what is taking place in the people’s money-established water supplier, naturally there would be no motivation to organize a consumer’s group.
Fortunately, a member of the board of directors, Dra. Marichi Ramos had taken up the cudgels for consumers in Bacolod, despite long, long years of suppression of information and intimidation by the management which includes the policy-making board of directors, which, information was amply favored with various perks by the executive management headed by General Manager Juliana Carbon.
"A great wind is blowing and that gives you either imagination or a headache."
Remember who said it? Catherine the Great of Russia. In the Philippines, a great wind is blowing giving a heavy headache to the government. A headache afflicted by China: a nation that had been bullying the Philippines eversince the Spratley islands were claimed by the Philippines.
We can understand why China does it. This is also done in the Middle East by China, though in another subtle way. In fact, Observers are one in opinion that not only Beijing moves in, filling up the United States’ power vacuum in the Middle East, but also been "pushing into the region in order to continue its economic growth, secure resources and expand its global political clout."
Our column today shares a very personal and unforgettably inspiring family experience with our son Elimon on his 29th death anniversary on March 22, 2014. While this involves a deeply painful loss, more than anything else it is a wondrous meaningful event whereby God has lovingly touched our family life in the mysterious ways only deep faith can fathom. Our family, relatives and friends have been greatly enriched by this experience which coincides with this year’s season of Lent and Easter.
Our third child of five, Elimon turned 18 on May 4, 1984. Two months later, after several checkups and biopsy, Elimon was diagnosed with cancer of the lymph nodes, advanced at stage four. The world seemed to have caved in on our small, closely knit family’s orderly world. It was so tempting to ask why God allowed this to happen, particularly to a young, innocent and lovable boy. Nevertheless, we stifled our questions and concentrated on finding a possible cure for the cancer. For nine months, we struggled and prayed to find a cure. We consulted specialists; our son was in and out of clinics and hospitals for chemotherapy treatments. With relatives and friends, we prayed as we never prayed before. We also practically used up our limited financial resources. We were disposed to try anything within reason. But by February 1985, we sensed the hopelessness of the case. With the doctors nod in Manila, Elimon somehow was able to gain enough strength to fly home with us to Bacolod on March 7. On March 22, Elimon died peacefully in the hospital. With our mixed feelings was a sense of relief that he finally rested from months of suffering and pain.
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.
NO MATTER WHAT IF DETRACTORS ARE MALICIOUS, IT WILL FAIL. A systematic effort to destroy Talisay City Mayor Eric Saratan has been underway for days and weeks on end. But criticism, on the reverse, will always fail when motivated with malice. And the imagined failings of Saratan has merely been concocted by political enemies with barking coyotes identifiable as usual, whose motivation is but merely moolah. Suspects have been identified. Motives are all too definite – to destroy Saratan before the 2016 elections. There is really nothing wrong with fiscalization in the name of people’s interests. But people meaning, the public’s interests is not the motivation here. It is the destruction of Saratan prior the 2016 elections.
ORDINARY FILIPINOS PERPLEXED. It was not very easy writing, analyzing and making a decision on Philippine Military Academy (PMA) graduating cadet, Aldrin, Jeff Cudia, because those connected with the academy or who are or were PMA alumni, would be better judges of issues such as these.
This is because as ordinary mortals and not, we must add well-versed about PMA traditions especially about the so-called Honor Code, we may not be the proper person to make an intelligent opinion on the matter.
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