How Fortunes Change

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By Benjie R. Pangan

At Close Range

Monday, September 3, 2012

LIKE life's cycle, fortunes may turn and change overnight: in an instant, an impoverished “taho” vendor may hit the Lotto jackpot or any game of chance and become opulent and fashionable. In another extreme, a once affluent business god may become a beggar under the same change of fortune.

From a flamboyant pampered executive and envied real estate developer, to a perceived fugitive from justice. This may be the current situation of erstwhile Globe Asiatique (GA) top man, Delfin Lee and others, including his son Dexter and two former GA executives who are all subjects of arrest warrants issued by a San Fernando City (Pampanga) judge. As of recent reports, these individuals are nowhere to be found, alarming even the Vice President of the country, but that is how it is with rich accused who have the logistics to pay their way out, probably, of the country! So, where are Delfin Lee and company now? Could we ask their counsels, please? Is it farfetched that the lawyers may be hiding their clients?

Now comes a revelation that the beauteous daughter of Delfin, socialite Divine, may also be indicted as the griping occupants of a GA property in Mandaluyong are now seriously contemplating on filing estafa charges, having found out that Divine really sits on the board of the beleaguered real estate company. Well, it should not be so difficult to apprehend her if only the authorities act swiftly as the face of the socialite appears on almost all fashion magazines.


See how fortunes turn so barren and empty overnight? Well...


Party-list political racket? If we take it seriously the statement enunciated by the Philippine Daily Inquirer editorial of August 31, 2012, then we may believe that the party-list representation in Congress is for naught as they really are not beneficial for people they parade as they serve. Why it could happen that a certain party-list is not composed of certain trade or profession members and is only a group of individuals who milk Congress of salaries, allowances and pork barrel, euphemistically labeled Priority Development Assistance Fund, is beyond the prudent and frugal mind's reach. Do their existence and presence in Congress justify the expenses for maintaining these political saling pusa? Why should they be given perks and benefits like the "regular" representatives?

The said editorial states: "In fact, many of the party-list groups who managed to enter Congress have dubious connections or the most tenuous links, to those disadvantaged sectors that the party-list innovation was meant to favor".

It continues thus: "The question applies to those who claim to represent the disadvantaged too: If they are not teachers, how can they claim to represent those who teach; if they are not security guards or tricycle drivers, how can they claim to truly represent those who stand guard or ply the streets?".

Indeed, what are they for in Congress, these so-called party-list aggrupations? Are they not only added burden to the people?


Not too far, I'd say about the location of the Clark International Airport because it is accessible through well-maintained road network connecting Metro Manila in the South and areas toward the north, up to Baguio. I dare disagree with Philippine Airlines' to executive Ramon S. Ang who said Clark Freeport is too far as the country's premier gateway. If indeed he has massive infra plans to build the largest airport" in the Philippines, he should consider the geographical advantage of Clark airport and its world-class runway and other facilities. I would suggest that he'd open his eyes to the advantages of the Clark airport for his flag carrier-the Philippine Airlines and sister firm, PAL Express and not foreclose the prospect of including Clark in the expansion program.


I had the opportunity to see the participants to the Dau Anti Drug Abuse Council seminar and oath taking ceremonies at Holiday Lodge, Dau, Mabalacat City last August 31, 2012, in cooperation with the Regional Office III of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency. On had to welcome the participants were Dau Punong Barangay Marino "Atlas" G. Morales, Jr., and Kagawads Dan Bayani and Joe Calma. The resource persons, per the prepared programme were: IO2 Jason V. Pagala, IO2 Blessie G. Talavero and IA3 Maharani R. Gadaoni-Tosoc. Awarding the certificate of appreciation was Director Lyndon P. Aspacio. Inspirational messages were to be delivered by Mabalacat City Chief of Police, Supt. Rodney Baloyo and City Mayor Marino "Boking" Morales.


Caveat against illegal recruiter Josefina C. Tayag who continues brazenly recruiting people, promising to deploy them and collects money. Worse, she even masquerades as a Peso employee with a simulated ID. Tayag had been arrested and jailed at the Dau Police Station for a week on July 4, 2012, based on the complaints of several applicants. Let the public therefore be warned about Tayag's illegal recruitment activities. I just hope the punong barangays, police authorities and even the NBI take notice of Tayag's illegal activities and apprehend her upon the applicants' complaints.


I'd like to greet and say my thanks to Nic Aurelio, brother of aspiring Board Member, the Doktor ng Bayan Oscar R. Aurelio. Nic, who is an early riser and reads the Sun.Star and my column, of course, before his doctor brother does. Ikuwento mo na lang kaya kay Dok, Nic.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on September 04, 2012.


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