The blustery weather, coming less than a week after Nina passed by southern Catanduanes, has caused the cancellation of scheduled visits of two national personalities.
The chairman of the Philippine Red Cross, Senator Richard Gordon, was set to land on this typhoon-hit island yesterday, Jan. 3, as the spearhead of the humanitarian organization’s relief and rehabilitation effort. He was supposed to lead the relief distribution effort in Bato town after meeting with Gov. Joseph Cua, Vice Gov. Shirley Abundo and other local officials at the capitol but the pilot of the chopper thumbed down his plans due to the unfavorable weather. The one-time presidential candidate last came to the island years ago when he likewise led a similar Red Cross relief effort in Tinago, Viga when this writer was still chairman of the local chapter board.
Also scrubbed and reset to Jan. 7 was the visit of TESDA Director General Guiling Manondiong also on Jan. 3. His advisers apparently felt the rainy and windy weather was reason enough to cancel the trip on board the regular Cebu Pacific flight. Local TESDA officials led by provincial director Elpidio Tuboro had already arranged a press con with local media, courtesy call on local brass and a feeding activity for selected typhoon victims in Bato town.
Jason Uy and the band of Chinese who operated the shabu laboratory at Palta Small for several months without being detected could have been arrested had the Bureau of Fire Protection stood on their ground during two attempts to inspect the building.
It may be recalled that after the regional police intelligence pinpointed the location of the lab based on information from suspects nabbed in the mainland, it asked the BFP provincial office to conduct an inspection of the warehouse.
On Nov. 24, a BFP official and a companion went to the site and was met at the locked gate by Paulo Uy, who claimed that the owner was not around. He told the fire officials to return the next day and they left without insisting on their right under the law to enter the premises.
The following morning, this time escorted by a policeman pretending to be a fire officer, they returned to the compound but were not allowed entry. Rather than call for back-up, contact the mayor for help or stand their ground, the team meekly went way, writing on their inspection directive that they were denied entry.
Had they stayed at the gate and asked the mayor’s office for assistance in forcibly opening the gate to enable the building’s inspection, they could have discovered the shabu lab, arrested the Chinese and cracked the case wide open.
As it happened later, a band of alleged NBI agents or some other group of armed men visited the site hours later, probably took the video recorder and replaced it with a dummy, and let the operators drive away in their SUV.
The affidavit executed by the BFP official should be interesting reading for prosecutors of the Department of Justice in Manila. It should provide lessons for local authorities on enforcing the law, especially when met with non-violent resistance.
Happy New Year to all the readers of the Tribune, including those who sent text messages as soon as the year changed – RTC Judge Lelu Contreras, Atty. Dexter Francisco, Kyle San Juan, Joseph Abundo, Moros, Engr. Chona Turado, former Catanduanes PNP Director Adel Castillo, Engr. Roger Reyes, Boloboy Vargas, Alan Ubalde, RTC Sheriff Rafael Tabor Jr., Panganiban NHS Principal Arnold Valledor and a few others. May the next 12 months be more fruitful for you and your respective families…
With the assistance of MERALCO and other cooperatives who sent repair crews, FICELCO should be able to restore power to most of its consumers before the end of this month.
Happy New Year to all the readers of the Tribune, including those who sent text messages as soon as the year changed – RTC Judge Lelu Contreras, Atty. Dexter Francisco, Kyle San Juan, Joseph Abundo, Moros, Engr. Chona Turado, former Catanduanes PNP Director Adel Castillo, Engr. Roger Reyes, Boloboy Vargas, Alan Ubalde, RTC Sheriff Rafael Tabor Jr., Panganiban NHS Principal Arnold Valledor and many others who made it more personal.. May the next 12 months be more fruitful for you and your respective families…
THE BOSS. A little girl said: “Daddy, you’re the boss of the house, right?”
“Yes, sweetheart,” he said. “I’‘m the boss of the house.”
“And I know why you’re the boss of the house, Daddy.”
“Why’s that?” ‘
“Because Mummy put you in charge.”