Philippine Newspapers used to be reliable and balanced in their reporting and printing news; doing their diligence in seeking out all facts and presenting them without bias or prejudice. Nowadays, the readers are the ones who have to dig deeper to see the truth. Its like looking for a morsel of rice from a large bin of trash. Our people could not readily rely on newspapers anymore especially the opinionated news and its kotonglist errr columnist whose reports are oftentimes baseless, leaving out crucial facts in order to insidiously spin a favor to one party.
- Replace officious lady lawyers who have been creating enemies for him and leading him to some administrative and political missteps.
- Take a crash course in human relations, public administration and management in a Filipino setting.
Among Filipinos, once a reprimand, censure or a threat is put down in writing, everybody stiffens. This complicates any move to smooth out things later.
Stiffens because one is innocent? Or because one is acting like some spoiled, crazed brat in tantrums, expecting to be treated "differently", being a scion of one of the big supporters of Among Ed Panlilio and is therefore above the application of the law and exempt from being given that “ nasty “ letter? Do you know that only crooks stiffen whenever they are caught with their fingers inside the cookie jar, as when materials earmarked for public use were discovered to have been diverted for private benefit? Now, now Federico, what is up with you? Do you know that innocent upright Filipinos, who believe in good governance, DO NOT STIFFEN and welcomes the enforcement of the law and cooperates because they know no one is above the law? To trivialize the offense discovered and to pervert a purely normal legal act, you resorted to typecasting and insulted our race with your own convoluted take on that trait as a general rule when clearly this is hypocrisy in its lowest form. Look Federico the sin or crime of one person is not the sin of the whole Filipino race but if you feel compelled to own up to it, then that is your choice but please don't include us in your distorted accountability.
Now what is there to “smooth out” according to Pascual? Perhaps what is expected by some quarters in this case is to address this aberration in the quarrying business of the province with the usual ANG LAGAY errrr (bribery) SOP, a protocol obviously seen and practice with ease by corrupt law enforcement agencies in a not so distant past. On a bigger scale, a politically- correct synonym for this practice is transactional politics as in ZTE but then that is another matter. Unfortunately, in case Pascual seems to forget, Among Ed Panlilio and his trusted staff are not the usual run of the mill corrupt administrative team. They are a responsible, transparent, and accountable team pursuing good governance which is exactly the mandate given by the people of Pampanga.
She also expressed dismay over the governor’s alleged threat to charge her son Jomer with a case before the Office of the Ombudsman for quarrying lahar sand from the heavily silted Gugu creek in Bacolor without a permit.
Hizon said her son, being the barangay chairman of Cabetican in Bacolor, was forced to desilt the creek to prevent lahar flows.
Really? Why then is Barangay Chairman Jomer being put to task for having done such an apparent noble act? But if such is really a noble act, why did he put the materials he took from the creek into his private property? Surely, if those materials were toxic or unsafe, he would not have deposited the same on his property. And since he deposited the materials on his property, then we can assume it is kosher for use on barangay roads or for use of public school, where these materials were supposed to be in the first place! Why then did he deposited them on his property at the exclusion of the barangay or the public school? Is’nt this malversation or at least theft? Is this no different from the practice under the past administration to treat this public domain as part of certain public officials’ private preserve? Is this not one of the very evils which Among Ed vowed to purge during his watch as the chief executive officer of the province of Pampanga?
Can we really classify the sending of demand letters to those concerned as highhanded acts by the people, who clearly sent these letters pursuant to their legal obligation to their office but whom Pascual calls “holier-than-thou”? No doubt, it is not high handed. As a matter of fact, what I see here is leniency on the part of the legal staff. Why was Barangay Captain Jomer, son of Hizon not brought to a court of law to face a charge for theft or malversation? May be some quarters thought that the civility of the legal staff of Ed Panlilio was a sign of weakness, so they called for an ATM Journalistic offensive! Well, if it is up to this Political Jaywalker, there should be a criminal case slapped against the spoiled brat son of Hizon and further investigation should be done in order to determine if he acted alone or with others. Those who still live in the past should better learn how to live now and accept that the days of free wheeling rapine and plunder of the provincial public resources under the past provincial administrations are over.