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Season Of The Wind

Season Of The Wind

His name is Armando Salcedo but I call him “tocayo,” as we share the same first name. We were classmates in second grade and are both relegated to the “fourth row”. During the dark ages of education performers were seated in the place of honor, while the laggers were relegated to the fourth. Don’t ask […]

How we all lost 5 billion pesos (Part II)

How we all lost 5 billion pesos (Part II)

(Second of two parts) (The City government purchased some P8.3 billion of power from April 2004 to 2012. It recorded payment of around P5.4 billion. These data are official records of the Commission on Audit. Click this link to read the First part.) Syndicated silence Curiously, in 2011, the city officials only booked the amount […]

How we all lost 5 billion pesos

How we all lost 5 billion pesos

(First of two parts) How did the city government end up with a P5 billion power debt? This is a nagging question every Batang ‘Gapo wants to know. The answer is pretty obvious —the city government did not pay in full the power we purchased from the supplier, from 2004 to 2013. The Commission on […]

Poison in the Barrel

Poison in the Barrel

I am, of course, talking about the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), progeny of the Countrywide Development Fund (CDF), more popularly known as the pork barrel. But why, as chamber of commerce, should we care? Well, the pork barrel provides many opportunities for corruption. It is tempting. Not unlike the poisoned apple that Adam and […]

Proud Filipino

Proud Filipino

In the light of the devastation of the strongest typhoon of the century, hordes of foreign correspondents descended upon hapless, unfortunate, and disaster ravaged islands of ours. While they are motivated to report the news as it happens, they should respect the culture, tradition and political sensibilities of Filipinos. They must respect our use of […]

Stupidity of our Good Hearts

Stupidity of our Good Hearts

You and a friend are leisurely walking along Magsaysay Drive (or Boardwalk if you prefer), on a nice early evening, taking on the sights, talking about the weather. Suddenly, a young beggar approached you asking for money—to buy food, she said. What would you do? Knowing that she’s probably doing this all day, every day, […]

Educate the Masses

Educate the Masses

A good friend (UP journalism graduate), who now resides in The United States, a wrote in reaction to my column (Frontline entitled “Deluge.”) In gist, he pointed out that nature is not solely responsible for the tragedy brought about by the monsoon rains which wrought havoc and laid the entire city to a veritable wasteland. […]

The Case of the Olongapo Flooding

The Case of the Olongapo Flooding

The City of Olongapo was again devastated by so much flooding… one of the worst in the city’s history. Many of the houses in low-lying areas were totally submerged, roof and all. Schools converted to evacuation centers were packed full of people, with little to eat and no fresh clothes to change to. It’s a […]

DELUGE

DELUGE

September rains have a certain malevolence to it. The weather forecast did contain an ominous tone to it. “Yellow alert” which is interpreted as moderate to heavy rainfall which may trigger flash floods and landslides. Right on the dot. At around 4:00 am, Monday, September 2,3 I was awaken by my cellphone. It was a […]

Christmas Bazaar at Columban Street is illegal

Christmas Bazaar at Columban Street is illegal

Here we go again. Year in and year out, the City Council approves the setting up of a Christmas Bazaar along Columban Street near the main gate of the Subic Bay Freeport Zone. Let’s get things straight. There is nothing wrong with the Christmas Night Bazaar concept. Yes, the city government will earn some money from the contract. […]

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