By By Fernan A. Gianan
The Supreme Court gets its wish
posted 24-Feb-2019  ·  
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Like the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Commission on Audit (COA), the Regional Trial Court will have its own lot and building inside the provincial capitol compound soon.

According to RTC Branch 43 Presiding Judge Lelu P. Contreras, this positive development came about after the Supreme Court set aside P65 million for the rehabilitation of the existing Hall of Justice at the left wing of the capitol.

She reasoned with the higher-ups that the move could cost more in the long run, as the RTC and the Municipal Trial Court (MTC) would have to move out and rent an office building large enough to accommodate the three salas while the rehabilitation work is going on.

The judge urged the High Court to instead reallocate the amount for the construction of an entirely new building inside the capitol compound on a lot to be provided by the provincial government.

The SC agreed but asked that instead of the usual usufruct agreement wherein the lot and the building becomes property of the capitol at the expiration of the 25-year agreement, the deal should provide that the lot and the structure to be built could be used by the Regional Trial Court for as long as it serves the administration of justice.

Last Dec. 12, 2018, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan committee on justice, headed by PBM Arnel Turado as chairman, invited Judge Contreras and other court officials to a meeting at the Legislative Building where, much to the court’s surprise, the committee agreed to the SC’s condition.

The provincial board then passed a resolution authorizing Governor Joseph Cua to sign the agreement with the SC through its Office of the Court Administrator. The document, already bearing the governor’s signature, is presumably now with in Padre Faura awaiting the imprimatur of the honorable justices.


Last Feb. 14, 2019, the Balmadrid family staged a free Valentine’s Party for not only for residents of barangay Sta. Cruz but also those who got wind of it.

This writer was invited but a conflict in scheduling prevented us from seeing the live performance of Barney & Friends band, a new group of young musicians now available for engagements throughout the 11 towns of the province.

Those interested in hiring the services of the band, which have been provided with a complete set of new instruments, may contact their owner/manager, Danny T. Balmadrid, at cellphone number 0939-818-8640.


UNSEEN FOR THREE DAYS. Bob left work one Friday evening. But it was payday, so instead of going home, he stayed out the entire weekend partying with his mates and spending his entire wages.

When he finally appeared at home on Sunday night, he was confronted by his angry wife and was barraged for nearly two hours with a tirade befitting his actions. Finally his wife stopped the nagging and said to him, "How would you like it if you didn't see me for two or three days?"

He replied, "That would be fine with me."

Monday went by and he didn't see his wife.

Tuesday and Wednesday came and went with the same results.

But on Thursday, the swelling went down just enough where he could see her a little out of the corner of his left eye.

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