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Roxas consults 1Negros stakeholders. DILG SEC MAR ROXAS said “we are not forcing 1-Negros Region, it is up to you in this island,” as he consulted non-politicians, academe, NGOs and private stakeholders last Tuesday and heard their sentiments. Bottom line: people favor PROVIDED the sharing of infrastructure is just and equitable,
preferably an automatic 60/40 for Oriental in big or small projects.
Liberal Party presidentiable former Senator
Mar Roxas, concurrently secretary of Interior
and Local Governments, met for three
hours with non-politicians, social media stakeholders,
non-government organizations, pastors, and the media
to express his all-out support for the one-Negros
Island Region which is now awaiting Presidential imprimatur.
He set aside any Constitutional obstacle as this is
purely an administrative function of the executive department
which was also done and approved in Calabarson
Simply, Roxas explained, the entire Negros Island
will be assigned with sub-regional offices with staff coming
from concurrent provincial offices as the core. DILG
will pull out regional staff from Cebu and Iloilo to man the
sub-regional offices here during the transition period of
two or three years.
There will be no administrative expense because
present provincial and regional staff will man the same offices.
The difference is that regional decisions and projects
can be facilitated both in Dumaguete and Bacolod cities.
Both cities will be linked on-line, thus there will be no need for unnecessary official travel.
Just in case of a Negros regional success, a big government
lot in Kabankalan is...
As early as April, the major supporters of
presidentiables Roxas and Binay are fast
emerging. The Binay camp is being endorsed
here by the Teves clan headed by patriarch Miniong
“Mr 95” Teves who marked his 95th birthday anniversary
last night at the Ang Tai Golf course.
The Roxas camp is supported by the Liberal Party
plus NPC Rep George Arnaiz who has coalesced with
the Liberal Party in the province. They say that they have
the most complete slate in the administration party coalition.
NPC founder Danding Cojuangco said that NPC
will support whom Pres Aquino endorses.
Make no mistake, Gov Degamo might opt to
go for Binay even as he made himself very conspicuous
in Friday’s 1-Negros dialogue with Mar Roxas,
the LP chieftain, at the Silliman mulipurpose center.
Degamo quipped that the LPs take caution in filing
a plunder case against him in the Sandiganbayan thru the
Ombudsman, because Degamo could yet be the most
viable bet and who can sport a martyr image and get
popular support in the end.
The “Aguinaldo Doctrine” the much
invoked but outdated principle of
condoning or absolving a corrupt
elective public official of his wrong
doings by virtue of his reelection into office
must now be reviewed, if not repealed, by
the Supreme Court because it promotes
dishonesty in public service.
Do you mean to say that if you buy your
way into your reelection to public office
that will extinguish your wrong doings in
your past administration? We say not
anymore. Because this spurious doctrine can
be bought these days.
No less than the Supreme Court lady
Chief Justice Ma Lourdes Sereno, last week
castigated the lawyers of Makati Mayor
JunJun Binay during oral arguments of his
plunder case, saying that “because if we uphold
this condonation doctrine , those plunder
offenses and their penalties cannot
apply to reelected officials.”
This doctrine emanated in 1959 when
a mayor of San Jose, Nueva Ecija was “exonerated
by the Supreme Court of his administrative
charges because of his
reelection to office,” which indicates that
the sovereign people have absolved his sins
by reelecting him. Suppose he bought his
way into office, does that not even worsen
Binay’s lawyers are now invoking this
old doctrine that is why the Court of Appeals
indefinitely stopped the suspension
of Mayor Binay on his multi billion plunder
allegations which the Ombudsman upheld
thus ordered Binay’s preventive suspension.
Legacy of service It is always a joy
most especially if
they are shared by young
people whose life stories
and experiences serve to
inspire others as well.
Celebrating another national
holiday last Thursday,
which is “Araw ng
Kagitingan,” brings to
mind ordinary, everyday
heroes who, although not
EVERY DAY HEROES
Petition My editor wrote this
piece and I
discussed it with
him last night. He could
have expressed himself
I am the first to admit
there is racial prejudice here
in the Philippines; especially
with regard to foreign
guests. This NOT an opinion
but a demonstrable fact.
My problem with
this petition is what...