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“Cut down the unproductive trees that pose danger.” So the Good Book says. But these giant century-old acacia trees felled by the government is a mute witness to the vistages of History. If only they can speak words that we understand.
The tug-of-Stradas between the governor and
opposition board members rages as capitol
legislators are asked to take the bus should
they want to visit their constitutents and pet projects.
This developed as Gov Degamo ordered the return
of assigned government vehicles ( mostly luxurious
Stradas) to the motor pool because their job is not to visit
and inspect nor implement projects but to make laws.
The vehicles, he said, is more needed by engineering
people to visit provincial projects and monitor its implementation
which is the job of the governor’s office as
In the event of any resistance or defiance, Degamo
said, if service vehicles are not returned after the withdrawal
order, their respective memorandum receipts will
be marked as carnapped vehicle and subject to interception
by the Highway Patrol Group.
Actually, what angered the governor was the pullout
of P18M of his “porkish” funds for board members
projects into the vice governor’s control; the pullout of
P15M for the guv’s medical mission...
There’s a nasty “tug-of-war” of sorts at the
capitol between the anti-Degamo board members
and Roel himself. Both exerting their
borrowed powers from the people. SP opposition led
by Mark Macias took control of P18Million funds
for board members’ projects erstwhile under the governor’s
In return, Degamo recalled all assigned Stradas
and SUVs from the board members saying, legislators
don’t implement projects, they make policies. So they
have no business travelling , “inspecting” projects.
Implementation rests on the governor. All BM’s
traveling and representation allowances are given back
to them. You ride the Ceres, he quipped.
Still in return, the opposition board members,
cut the governor’s P15Million for his “non-political”
medical missions, and gave the money instead, to
district hospitals so patients can be treated there.
Degamo? He allows this but still he plans to get those
medicine for the district hospitals and still use this
for his non-political missions. Well, this governor
should have taken up medicine course instead of engineering.
He will make a better doctor! And Macias
should have taken political science since he has left
ortho practice in Manila, and he is fast gaining political
experience and expertise.
Today six million Singaporeans
will give their final goodbye to
their founder and greatest
leader Lee Kuan Yew who in
our opinion, has epitomized the description
of Jesus as to who is the
REAL leader: “He who leads must be
the servant of all.”
In the same vein, the whole Christendom
marks today the final week
celebration of the founder and greatest
leader of mankind, Jesus Christ,
who epitomizes forever, his incomparable
brand of leadership as the Creator
of the Universe who allowed himself
to die as man in the most shameful
way of a criminal but without sin if
only to rescue the human race from
Mr Lee Kuan Yew may not have
been a Christian, but he walked the
talk of what it is to be a great leader.
We have no time to compare Lee with
our Filipino leaders who we can only
expect to read Mr Lee’s biography and
learn from him.’
I would like to convey my sincere thanks to Fr.
Lean Purcell, CSSR for his feedback and comment
to my brief article on Pedophilia on Feb. 8, 2015
issue. That very article was written a number of years
ago when an actual report of a foreign national was
sued in court for molesting some children both boys
and girls. He invited them to his place and gave them
something to eat, took some pictures and brought
them to swim in private beaches...
For the class of 2015 This is graduation or
season and in whatever
role you play today
(as a parent, guardian, significant
student, benefactor, and
the like), you may as well
empathize with the toil
and sacrifices being invested
to ensure that our
graduates get the best
learnings inside the
classroom and beyond...
EVERY DAY HEROES
Gossip Gossip has always
been a problem in
the world; particularly
in the Philippines. At
one time here in Negros
the punishment for
spreading gossip was to
have a burning branch
shove in the person’s
It does not seem to
bother anyone that the gossip
they are spreading hurts
people and is most often