Election offense charges will be filed by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) against violators, both candidates and non-candidates alike, in Negros Occidental, provincial elections supervisor Jessie Suarez said yesterday.
But while Suarez admitted that vote-buying, which is among the serious election offenses, is massive and rampant, it is also one of the hardest to prove.
"Definitely, there is vote-buying but it’s hard to prove because of a good defense," he lamented.
Whistleblowing directors of the Bacolod City Water District (BACIWA), were not responsible for a resolution disallowing recent retirees of the quasi-government water firm from being paid their retirement pay and other benefits, Director Dra. Marichi Ramos, said in an interview Saturday morning with DYRL’s "Tungkaron Ta Ini" radio program. Rather, it was Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA)-assigned director lawyer, Yolanda Zaragoza who insisted that retiring employees led by Erwin Ysare be not awarded retirement benefits.
Ramos made the clarification showing documents which she said had been earlier posted in the BACIWA bulletin board which gave life to talks going around the water district office that it was she and her group including Chairman Lawrence Villanueva and lawyer, Lorendo Dilag who were responsible for denying four retiring employees their retirement pay. Ramos made the assertions by going direct to the radio station and bringing along with her the minutes of their previous meeting which clearly indicated that it was Zaragoza of LWUA who declared that the concerned employees not be given their retirement pay.
Everything went smooth and orderly in Talisay City in the conduct of Barangay Elections last October 28. Members of the police force were deployed in various areas to maintain peace and order as well as help the City COMELEC in the poll proceedings. "I am happy that people in Talisay took time to go out and exercise their right of suffrage," said Mayor Eric Saratan.
"The winners are elected leaders of the community and immediate partners of the City in building a peaceful, progressive and productive City," Mayor Saratan pointed out.
The Silay City Government has received six pairs of world class fire fighting suits and pants donated by the Loving Rose Mission (LRM).
Loving Rose Mission President David Ruskin and Loving Rose Country Representative and Brilyante Awardee William Henry O. Streegan handed over the facilities to Silay City Mayor Jose L. Montelibano and the city firefighters. It was witnessed by Executive Assistants Roy Golez, Salvador Ascalon Jr. and Jesus Oppus and Information Officer II Joanzen D. Dedoroy.
We totally agree with Philippine Star’s "INTROSPECTIVE" columnist Tony Katigbak when he said in his column that: President Benigno Aquino III is a STUBBORN PRESIDENT!
To our mind, PNoy is not only stubborn but also verges on INCOMPETENCE!
PNoy is indeed very stubborn as he and his cohorts continue to insist that the Development Assistance Fund is legal, despite legal opinions aired by legal luminaries on the contrary!
That people from all walks of life have already condemned him on this score does not seem to faze him.
It has already become public knowledge that actually BRIBED many legislators in order that Chief Justice Corona would be impeached and also lead to resignation of Ombudsman Gutierrez!
I made a mistake. In my last column I referred to the Environmental Ombudsman as Robert Mosquera. His correct first name is Gerard, Atty. Gerard A. Mosquera. My apologies, Sir.
EO Mosquera and his Technical Working Group have identified 100 priority cities and municipalities to guide into compliance with Republic Act 9003, our solid waste management (SWM) law. Bacolod City is one of them. As such, the city fulfilled a self-assessment survey on specific SWM matters to provide all stakeholders a leveling off point from where steps to compliance may be charted. The self-assessment was presented to the city's SWM Board last week, en route to submission to Mosquera. We look forward to begin our collaboration with the EO and his TWG.
"Mag pa-hamburjer ka naman," went the old joke addressed at one politician. Today that pales in comparison to the Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources which offers five-course catered meals at its conferences. And so, DENR, "mag pa-cater ka naman." Rappler.com reported last week that the DENR, headed by Sec. Ramon Paje, spent P22.09 Million on meals in 2012. The Commission on Audit revealed that the DENR had a catering budget of P704,000 only. COA blamed the DENR for failing "to observe economy measures in the disbursements of food/catering services." Don't lose the sting in the translation. When you consider that the difference of P21.4 Million represents a 3,000% increment, then the overspending is suddenly and obviously brazen, calloused, arrogant, obstinate, and downright wicked. The barefaced wastefulness makes me vomit. COA noted that the DENR spent for breakfast even when meetings started after 9a.m., and morning snacks and lunch were ordered for meetings that began after 12 noon. Who are they kidding? Either the guests were "dead-hungry" or force-fed just so food is bought and somebody earns an extra buck. This is not farfetched. COA revealed that the DENR used "middlemen" to buy food from fastfood chains. DENR minions cannot buy the food themselves, they had to have middlemen? Whose husband was the middleman? DENR Chief of Staff Analiza Teh reasoned: "Minsan napipilitan gumamit ng middleman kapag, example, nag-allocate sila ng 100 tapos 'yung budget was for 100 then suddenly kinulang then they have to get more." But that does not answer the issue of the middleman, does it?
VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE INDEED. The national government specifically the President, Benigno Simeon Aquino III, must devise a system not only in the civil government but in the AFP to ensure that no further corruption especially in the ranks, continue to take place, retired army general Raymundo Jarque Sr. who became controversial worldwide when he announced his defection and denounced injustice and corruption in the military and police, said.
Jarque, who was a guest in DYRL’s "Tungkaron Ta Ini" program, said it is not only in the civil government but likewise in the AFP, through what has been in the military as conversions.
The retired general who was known, even when he was in active service for his simple lifestyle and who did not take advantage of his position as Negros Island military commander and now as a retired military officer, is deeply concerned about graft and corruption insofar as the various ongoing issues about the pork barrel scam uncovered due to the expose’ of Benhur Luy, who was a key personality of the Janet Lim-Napoles Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), link to both houses of Congress.
I was in Silay City for the 70th birthday of a childhood friend, Rolando Butanas. I call him "Utod" because of our closeness. We are more than brothers. Utod Rolando is the son of a Fire Station (Bacolod City) mechanic. We are neighbors in Mamboloc in the late 40s. The Fire Department is the site of BACIWA now, facing San Juan St. while its office is facing Galo St. which is the site of Bathhouse, a project of Peding Montelibano, Bacolod first mayor.
A pose with a long-time friend Rolando Butanas at his residence in Silay City.*
There are many views in the modern days about All Saints Day and All Souls Day. For the other end of the pole, All Saints day is a commemoration for all the saints, particularly those pronounced and owned by the Church, that’s why the Roman Pope Pius X11 exhorts, "We should imitate the virtues of the saints just as they imitated Christ, for in their virtues there shines forth under different aspects the splendor of Jesus Christ." While All Souls Day commemorates all our faithful departed. On the other end, particularly the Protestants, there’s nothing "great" about those two days. The other churches pray for the salvation of souls of the departed. The other end falls as a mere ‘remembering the dead’ day. Only one, no, two is common for these two ‘end poles’ both remember the dead and both enjoy eating native foods prepared such as ‘ibus, kalamay hati, suman, valenciana, suman latik, bibingka, salad, but-ong, muasi, puto kutsinta’, etcetera, etcetera.
Each end of the ‘pole’ should respect each other’s view. Since the early Church, Christians have prayed for the dead, and, by the 7th century, some monastic foundations reserved this day for deceased members and benefactors. In 988, Odilo, abbot of the French monastery of Cluny, established the tradition of keeping, "with joyous affection the memory of all the faithful departed who have lived from the beginning of the world until the end." By the 14th century, the commemoration had spread throughout Europe and was universally accepted in the Latin Church.
It’s almost 2 o’clock in the morning and still holed up in a situation where I could not do much but wait for my turn again and finish the job.
In the midst of an action movie that later bored me, I "un-boxed" my old but still very reliable cellphone and brought it to life again.
To fight the occasional craving for FB I again tested my Nokia 6120 classic’s MMS feature to compose this, take and caption some photos, edit the remaining news items, and finally finished this column using its "type and type" keypad.
It still did some quick-connect to the internet and is for me super-fast in browsing using its 3G mode.