Pangan: The purge continues

At Close Range

UNTIL this time, changes in personnel and staffing patterns are being made at the City Government of Mabalacat.

Mayor Crisostomo Garbo and his cabal of loyal officials are bent on throwing out all the expendable employees and even department heads.

By expendable is meant those whose loyalty to Mayor Cris and his team is suspect, those who campaigned for, and sided with, the losing tandem of Christian C. Halili and former mayor Boking Morales.

In our case, those who are affiliated with the Pangan family are terminated harshly as the beleaguered college president of Mabalacat City College is now being eased out and will eventually be eased out in favor of one beholden to Mayor Garbo.

The City Employment Service Office, formerly known as the Public Employment Service Office or PESO reportedly suffers the same sorrowful and unjustified fate. Almost all the old reliables like Virgie Miranda and Tess Adriano were reassigned to Madapdap and CDRRMO, respectively. Casual employees Francis Custodio and Jonathan Zapanta were both left out in the renewal list.

The CESO will probably be at a losing end as the reporting work will be handled by new employees. The complicated nature of the reports required by DOLE is too much to handle by the newbies.

It may be remembered that CESO or PESO is aiming to become a Hall of Famer, or winner of provincial, regional and national awards for three consecutive years. With the drastic changes in the staffing pattern, it would be difficult for CESO to achieve the coveted and prestigious award.


For almost two years, I was appointed consultant for job creation and employment, skills trainings and livelihood programs and OFW concerns.

My contract ended June 30, 2019 and I approached both Mayor Garbo and his executioner, Atty. Emmanuel Ignacio, but both declined my request for extension up to December 2019. Mayor Garbo’s reason: I am related by affinity to former councilor Eddie Sotto who vehemently refused to be affiliated with Mayor Garbo’s team.

Thus, it was payback time for the latter. All those related to me and the college president were unjustifiably terminated and/or their contracts not renewed.

Ditto with the Basilio family.

It is perhaps Mayor Garbo’s intent to erase the name of the Pangans from the roster of the city government of Mabalacat. Shades of vindictiveness, rancor and hatred, nothing else. Both he and his legal counsel have cordon sanitaire, meaning it will be hard to go to them directly and one has to undergo screening first!


I doff my hat (and bald head) to Lourdes de Guzman, teller at the PhilPost office at the old municipal building in Barangay Poblacion, Mabalacat. She was courteous and attentive to my request when I dropped by PhilPost office last week.


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