IT CAN never be Councilor Benny Bomogao’s money but, it was what he was referring to, when he said to Councilor Cayabas: “Let us see to it, that this money of the people is wisely utilized.” Not to insinuate any wrongdoing but as an elder, he just reminds the younger councilor of the right things to do in that education committee. Noteworthy is the question, where then will this money go?
As announced, P10 million is for the staging of the Caraa meet (Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association), P10 million from the General Fund and P5 million from the Special Education Fund purposely for the learning materials of Department of Education Baguio City Division. Wow, P15 million for learning materials, like books and equipment. That’s something big? Again, saliva is beginning to drip at the tongue of those personnel involved in the disposable. And I suspect this “someone” might be a network of people which I previously referred to as “the DepEd mafia.” That suspicion led me to take the magnifying glass and extricate further what the councilor has in mind.
The glass reflects the following contents: A regional DepEd director stuffed several textbook in a residential area to hide the non-distribution, several senior high school textbooks since 2016 are still in it its packaging shape, and some are American authors sold by famous bookstores in the Philippines without the “K-12” seal. The other side of the glass shows councilor Benny asking superintendent Verano where to spend the P15 million budget. Partly, the latter says, “for the purchase of senior high school books.”
I immediately removed the magnifying glass because the calculator in my mind pictures truckloads of books with that P15 million. Then, the councilor whispered this spell in my ear: Books are the easiest and fastest source of corruption in the Department of Education. Now I’m beginning to understand why lowly ranked teachers find time to sell “tinudok and mani” under the moonlight. Those in the higher ranks reap what lightens the work of the grass root teachers. More of this “half-naked truth” will come in the next issue.
Going back to Judge Roberto, direct assault upon agents of person in authority is committed when, there being no public uprising, the offender attack or makes serious resistance to a police officer when the latter is in the act of performing public duty. The defense of accident can be used as an exempting circumstances only if the driver can prove that he had perform a lawful act with due care. Obstruction of justice occurs when an offender facilitates in the escape of a person he or she knows to have committed an offense. Judge Roberto and PO1 Rooky can make use of the “honest mistake of fact” in the case of United States Versus Ah Chong of the year 1910.
As to the simple imprudence of the mayor in placing PO1 Rooky in the station, it occurs when there is lack of skill, the damage was not immediate nor the danger clearly manifest. The mayor’s direct supervision and control of the police must be clearly shown. Pongtau dashcam violate the anti-driving obstruction since the video also shows the wrongful position of the camera when the event was captured. Of course all of these answers are purely academic. In the end, it’s the judge that weighs each side’s argument.