Eh Bola Virus

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014


THE Ebola epidemic in Africa is threatening to go out of control. Locally, it is the outbreak of "Eh Bola" virus that threatens public confidence in our officials and authorities. People no longer believe in what our leaders do and say.

Citizens have become so skeptical that they doubt or place little belief in what the government and its officials are doing or promise to do. "Eh bola lang 'yan!" is what the average citizen says in reacting to government activities.

For instance after Pres. Noy allocated P700 million for use against "cocolisap", which is damaging the coconut industry, the coconut farmers have been shouting their doubts on the honest use of cocolisap funds. They are afraid of the possible diversion of the "gugulisak" funds for political purposes.

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A group of gun owners questioned the P30 Million Philippine National Police deal with one Joseph Mendoza in developing an information technology system to manage the PNP's licensing and permit process.

Mendoza is reported to be a "mistah" of PNP Chief Allan Purisima at the PMA class of '8l. Ka barilan'a na, ka mistah pa.

The past week was disturbed by incessant reports and rumors of a shaping coup. Surprise "goodwill visits" to major military camps by Defense Sec. Gazmin and AFP chief of staff Gen. Catapang followed the rumors. Checking on the state of military morale and socio-political attitude of senior and junior officers is not a loyalty check?

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Governor Lilia Pineda (on official leave) has been lauded for her impassioned appeal to mayors, police and barangay officials to fast track the anti-drug campaign. The Gov was advised that she should take the first step by ordering a drug test of all LGU officials and personnel, including a mandatory drug test in each barangay. Those tested positive should be made to undergo drug rehab confinement and treatment at the rehab facility in Magalang.

Acting governor Dennis Pineda has ordered the ban pronto of a swindling Apalit grocery store from public biddings in the Capitol. He also berated the members of the PBAC for failure to exercise due diligence in the procurement of spoiled rice worth P2.5 million. Embarrassed by the shenanigan, Vice Gov. Pineda shelled out money from his personal funds to replace the toxic rice meant for typhoon victims in Tacloban. He went there on a mercy mission.

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A team of NBI operatives, in blitzkrieg style, swooped down on two subdivisions in Pampanga Friday night and rounded up 42 Taiwanese and Chinese syndicate workers engaged in extortion activities using telecommunications. Twelve of those apprehended operated the fraud crime at a rented house at Marisa drive, Village Teresa subdivision owned by one Racquel Tongol vda. De David. The rest were arrested at a mansion in Hacienda Royale and Essel Park Subdivision, City of San Fernando. The raiders were led by Interpol's Atty. Daniel Daganzo, chief of international operations.

The distrust of the NBI with our local police and regional trial courts was evident in that no PNP unit was informed of the raid, and the warrant of arrest was issued at Quezon City.

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Business leaders in the City of San Fernando scored City Mayor Edwin Santiago for his timidity and weakness in the face of landowner-lawyer who caused the destruction of a baramgay road built by public funds in Barangay Maimis. The lawyer has taken the law into his own hands as the land dispute continues between him and farmer residents. Santiago has been embarrassed by the land problem that had gone out of control.

"This kind of official reaction to this land dispute that already claimed some lives is not possible in a Rodriguez administration," a former councilor reported. "Oca is decisive and firm in problem areas affecting life and property," he added.

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"City and municipal mayors, availing disaster and intelligence funds, should come up with an incentive pay for barangay officials who must be required to provide and update a list of suspect riders-in-tandem in their respective villages, along with a list of motorbike and tricycle owners operated or driven by out of school youth, jobless residents, and suspect shady characters," this was the brainchild of Board Member Michael Tapang and Porac leader during a conference of Pampanga councilors last week.

In Olongapo City, residents get paid P10 per rat neutralized as a solution to the leptospirosis disease which had already killed numerous victims. Tourists and gourmands who are obsessed with exotic food may amaze at our SBMA chefs’ coming concoction. If visitors delight with the snake dish in China, they can thrill with our “Bola-bola asado con daga.”

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on August 06, 2014.

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