Wednesday August 15, 2018

Swat team troops to Capitol to open balikbayan box sent to vice governor

Negros Occidental Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson shows the receipt of a package sent to him from the United States. (Teresa D. Ellera Photo)

NEGROS Occidental Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said some members of the Special Weapons and Tactic (Swat) team trooped to his office upon his request yesterday, May 16, and opened a balikbayan box sent to him from Long Beach, California by a person whom he did not know.

Lacson said he received the box a few days ago and brought it home but he never opened it.

He said he decided to Google the name of the sender, Joe G. Baltazar who is already 83 years old and he discovered that the person really lives in the address stated in the box.

However, he said he asked his sister in the United States to call the mobile and the landline numbers stated in the box but her sister found out the mobile numbers given was wrong and that the landline numbers have been disconnected.

So he decided to call the Swat to have the box opened to know what is inside the box.

They discovered that the balikbayan box contains clothes, plates, coffee, refined sugar and other goods.

"I asked my sister to call the person who sent it to me using my office address at the Provincial Capitol so I would know where and how he met me because I do not know him," Lacson said.

He said that he will donate the contents of the box to the Boy's Home who could maybe make use of it.

"Maybe the sender received information that the vice governor is in distress. I would really want to know why this box was sent to me. I want to know this person. He is a male, 83 years old. He could be a good Samaritan," Lacson said.

Lacson also said he received a text message from the cargo company about the balikbayan box but maybe because he did not reply, the cargo decided to have the box delivered to his office.

Meanwhile, Lacson told the winners in the just concluded Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections to do something that would contribute to uplift their respective barangays.

"I always say that whatever is the outcome of the election we should accept it. I do not hear any protest coming. It went very well. Everyone was free to vote and made their decisions. We call on the Barangay officials especially the SK to first attend the seminar by DILG (Department of the Interior and Local Government) before they take their oath," he said.

So far, Negros Occidental has been very peaceful when it comes to the election which is a sign of maturity.

Lacson also said that every election, alleged vote buying is always heard but it remained an allegation as no formal complaint has been filed.