More Work, Less Talk-A A +A
At Close Range
Sunday, November 3, 2013
NOW that the two political exercises have been put in place, namely: the local elections in May and the village elections this October only, two important features of our democratic set up have been accomplished and, yes, institutionalized.
With these institutions in place and their officials securely in place, barring any protest, there is one imperative: work in earnest and achieve results.
The vicious cycle goes on, so to speak, but the stretch towards 2016 is not too long and cumbersome. This early, however, political alliances are being formed and favorites are discreetly identified, groomed and maintained.
Work is the antithesis of boredom, idleness and misdeeds.
In Mabalacat City, the entry of Dr. Oscar R. Aurelio as the newly-elected punong barangay of the premier Barangay Dau will herald his ambition to snatch the ABC presidency, thus allowing him to enter through the backdoor the Sangguniang Panlungsod where he will again be a member! But punsters say, he will encounter opposition by, and from, newly-minted Duquit chair Marjorie Grace Morales Sambo. It will be one exciting match with both protagonists touting support and good public service records. Abangan.
Anterior and superior. I've heard that the officials of the city government of Mabalacat will come in full force today and go to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to formally contest and seek to rectify the measurements of the area pertaining to the political boundary map of Mabalacat. Two political boundary maps were given to the Mabalacat officials, with differing areas, one even containing a diminution of the right and legal area.
Although Barangay Calumpang is subject of territorial dispute, the same remains with the jurisdiction of Mabalacat, as stated in the provisions of Republic Act 10164, the law which created the city. The residents of Calumpang have remained loyal to Mabalacat City, this fact they have loudly declared and have in fact voted as residents of then Mabalacat town decades ago. Still, they want to be under and within the political and social ambit of the new city.
The claims of Mabalacat to the lands even titled to it, are far anterior and superior than Bamban's which has suddenly awakened to the mineral resources of Calumpang and the huge income from the Clark Freeport Zone via the share in the gross income earned of investors in the Zone. I am aware that Bamban receives its share from the income earned inside the Zone, per the BCDA law. Am I right, Mr. Rosan Paquia, sir?
It was in 2004 when I, with then Municipal Administrator Rosan worked long hours and did some extensive research on the true and legal boundaries of Mabalacat vis-a-vis that of Bamban and in the course of our search, we found out that, by merely looking at the maps supplied us by Engr. Tan of the Regional Office of the DENR, the dotted lines indicated that Mabalacat even can lay claim on two barangays of Bamban, viz: Barangays San Vicente and Sto. Nino but knowing Mayor Boking Morales to be cautious and diplomatic, the idea of annexing the said barangays was frozen. And now this bold and audacious move of Bamban to claim part of our territory. Is it because it has the support of the President's relatives, the Cojuangcos that it has been emboldened to claim the area which has been Mabalacat's for a long time? Aha.
Will the good officials of Mabalacat just allow the Bamban claim reign supreme over its own? Anyway, boundary disputes between municipalities are better resolved by the two Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Tarlac and Pampanga. The next move is yours, honorables.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on November 04, 2013.