Gov. Hilario Davide III’s inaction on the alleged shenanigans of some of his department heads at the Capitol can be described in one word: complicit. Complicit is defined as “choosing to be involved in an illegal or questionable act especially with others.” Complicit has become “the word of the year,” according to Dictionary.com. The choice was made by the online dictionary’s inhouse experts--lexicographers, the marketing and production team, and the CEO.
It’s a word that reminds us that even inaction is a type of action. The silent acceptance of wrongdoing is how we’ve gotten to this point. We must not let this continue to be the norm. If we do, then we are all complicit. Dictionary.com cites many newsworthy 2017 moments that facilitated the use of complicit, including times when people called out the powerful for misdeeds and for the silence in the face of wrongdoing.
So, Davide is complicit because he chooses to ignore alleged anomalies, corruption and immorality at the Capitol. Sa Binisaya pa ni, “nagpagoryo-goryo lang si Junjun.” I know that he knows about these shenanigans but he chooses to ignore them.
Some Capitol insiders said that my exposure of Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office Head Baltazar Tribunalo, who allegedly “solicited” appliances from a businessman involved in the sand and gravel business was just the tip of the iceberg. There are bigger anomalies committed by Tribunalo and other department heads.
Until now, Tribunalo refuses to name the “donor” of the appliances mistakenly delivered to his office at the Capitol instead of to his house in Balamban. He said he doesn’t want to divulge the name of his “donor” because he doesn’t want his benefactor to get involved in the controversy. Funny. Again, I am challenging Tribunalo to name his “donor” so we can thank the later. The governor has been talking about honest and clean governance and projects himself as “Mr. Clean” but his people are not transparent.
This is not only the shenanigan committed by Tribunalo. When he was officer in charge of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office, he was a “double agent.” He would visit mountain areas and canvass potential source of limestone (anapog). He would then convince lot owners to be the source and if they agree, he would sell their limestone to contractors and to people who need it. Don’t tell me he did not receive any commission for those transactions?
The Provincial Women’s Commission headed by Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale is sitting on Tribunalo’s sexual harassment case filed by a female employee assigned at the anti-illegal fishing task force because the governor had preempted the investigation by defending Tribunalo. Worse, the complainant’s employment contract was not renewed. Ingon ana diay sa Capitol kung moreklamo ang empliyado kay gi-abusuhan ug gibinoangan sa ilang labaw, iduot pa ta og maayo. Tarung nimo, Gov? Provincial Administrator Mark Tolentino and Legal Officer Orvy Ortega, both chairmen of the bids and awards committee (BAC) for the P250 million procurement of heavy equipment and the security provider for the Capitol, respectively, have been accused of rigging the bidding. The chief of General Services Office John Siegfred Sepe has also been accused of wrongdoing. But the governor never lifted a finger to discipline these people. They still enjoy his trust and confidence.
And what about the reported “illicit affairs” at the Provincial Health Office involving officials and doctors assigned in that office? Did the governor bother to look into the immorality issue? Tarung man kaha na siya? Naa pay daghan iring-iring diha sa engineering’s office, agriculture ug sa legal office.