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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Cariño: Baguio Connections 33

Baguio Stories

THIS week, we report on the goings on we wrote of last week.

As for reporting the Baguio CDRRMC to the Duterte Hotline 8888, they, as of this writing (more like more than a week after my original call to 8888), have not heard back from the agency they forwarded my concern to. Why 8888 does not specify which agency to me is a mystery.

As for the illegal construction near our residence, parties involved were called to a meeting with Mayor Mauricio Domogan, City Administrator Atty. Carl Canilao, Camp Seven Barangay Captain Angelika Ramos, and representatives of CBAO, among a few others.

Yours truly was slightly late and the meeting had started early. Thus, I happened upon a decision already reached. Mayor Domogan had ordered a demolition of said construction, Atty. Canilao to sign the demolition order, and the rest of us to accompany CBAO to the site.

As expected, the construction was ongoing, full blast. Workers scampered to stop working when they realized that they were once again being subjected to an investigative visit. I heard Mr. Stephen Capuyan of CBAO tell the construction contractor about the mayor's demolition order. The CBAO lawyer, Atty. Luz Balisong, asked a neighbor and me to submit affidavits that we had indeed filed complaints against the illegal construction.

Apparently, she maybe feels that she needs such affidavits in order for CBAO to file criminal charges against the perpetrators of the illegal construction. While my neighbor, Mrs. Claire Ferraren Arrastia, and I acquiesced, I'm now thinking that we have written enough letters to CBAO for it to use to support their filings.

My lawyer says the affidavit is unnecessary and that CBAO is within its mandate to file said charges based on the official complaints. Though comply Claire, other neighbors, and I will. Gawrsh, define red tape again?

Next week, hopefully to more pleasant matters.


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