Waiting for new heroes this December
posted 9-Dec-2018  ·  
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The people of Catanduanes have a lot to watch out for this December 2018.

On the 7th of this merry month, the people of Virac celebrate their “Kaaldawan” through a series of activities celebrating the founding of the town. The next day, the Catholic faithful observes the feast of the Immaculate Conception, the patron saint of the capital town.

On the 10th, the 36th Christmas Cheers unfolds at the Plaza Rizal, with a Cosplay parade for kids kicking off the annual entertainment extravaganza that will last until Dec. 30. As usual, the town plaza will become a venue not only for whiling away the nights watching the performances but also a meeting place for old friends and classmates, relatives and friends at the booths around the Rizal monument.

The 19th is the second anniversary of the death of businessman Larry Sy Que, who was felled by an assassin’s bullet just across the LTO Virac branch office that rainy morning in 2016.

Until now, the police have yet to identify the killer or his accomplice, as well as the mastermind. It is unfortunate that no one has come forward with actual knowledge of the crime, one that would lie to rest once and for all the speculations that have arisen since the incident.

Although the complaints filed against Gov. Joseph Cua and several people have been rightly dismissed by Department of Justice which saw through the flimsy hearsay evidence, this should not dishearten the police into simply shoving the case into its unsolved crime folders. They owe it to the people of Catanduanes and the family of Mr. Que to finally nail those responsible and bring them before the bar of justice.

The end of the month also marks the deadline for the Sunwest Water & Electric Co. (SUWECO) to complete the Capipian hydroelectric power plant in San Miguel town.

Under the controversial 2nd Amendment of its Electricity Supply Agreement with the First Catanduanes Electric Cooperative, Inc. (FICELCO), the Capipian MHP is supposed to be operational by the end of 2018, with its earlier completion target moved back by five years from the original 2013 date.

For this, the National Electrification Administration (NEA), in an audit finding, asked the board of directors and management of FICELCO to explain why they should not be held accountable for immediately signing a key amendment to the ESA in 2014 without any study.

“There was no explanation or justification observed regarding the failure of SUWECO to implement what is in the original ESA for the operational year of the 2 remaining MHP site(s),” the NEA report disclosed.

With just 16 days to go before the year ends, there is obviously nothing that can be done, short of actual Divine Intervention, by both SUWECO and FICELCO to have the Capipian hydro built and running by January 1, 2019.

So far, the new co-op board has yet to announce what it intends to do with the matter of non-completion of the Capipian hydro power plant, especially since there is clearly a violation of its terms and conditions under the 2nd Amendment of the ESA. The consuming public, already burdened with the most expensive power rates in the entire country, waits for their prompt and appropriate action.

On Dec. 30, the entire Filipino nation marks the 122nd death anniversary of Jose Rizal and celebrates his martyrdom and great love for his country and people.

May this yearend celebration spark in every one of us a yearning to offer one’s self as a sacrifice for the betterment of our nation and encourage those involved in senseless crimes and crooked deals to come clean and serve the cause of justice.


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