By By Fernan A. Gianan
No truth to DILG’s case vs. 3 mayors here
posted 10-Apr-2019  ·  
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Two government agencies reshuffled their municipal officers before the election ban on personnel movement took effect on Mar. 29, 2019.

DILG provincial director Uldarico Razal Jr. was the first to move, reassigning his local government operations officers among the 11 municipalities two weeks before the deadline. The new MLGOOs in the 11 towns are as follows: Bagamanoc - Neil Evangelista; Baras – Jimmy Lopez; Bato – Pio Benavidez Jr.; Caramoran – Arline Borlaza; Gigmoto – Salvador Vargas Jr.; Pandan – Alma May Lim; Panganiban – Allan Taniajura; San Andres – Marilou Talaran; San Miguel – Jose Taraya; Viga – Paul Molina; and Virac  Jose Rogel Maglaqui.

In the Commission on Elections, the reshuffle order came out the week before Mar. 29, with the following movements of the election officers: Amelia Arizabal (from Virac to San Andres); Dina Espeleta (from Bato to Virac); Elmer Magtagnob (from Baras to San Miguel); Rita Magtagnob (from Panganiban to Viga); Antonio Noceda Jr. (from Pandan to Caramoran); Emmanuel Pantino (from San Miguel to Gigmoto as acting EO); Nenita Roslin (from Caramoran to Pandan); Loida Sarmiento (from Gigmoto to Baras); Rosalinda Tablizo (from San Andres to Bato); Zaldy Vicente (from Bagamanoc to Panganiban); and, Ma. Rosa Villamartin (from Viga to Bagamanoc).


It appears now there is no truth to the news that three mayors from Catanduanes were among the 45 local chief executives sued before the Ombudsman for failure to create or activate their Anti-Illegal Drug Abuse Councils

“Bali-balita man sana. Baad pagulat lang yon,” DILG provincial director Jun Razal told this writer in response to a query.

The Tribune has confirmed from the local DILG that all of the 11 municipal mayors and the provincial governor have created their ADACs and all are functional, along with 100 percent of the 315 barangays.

In fact, according to an official source, Catanduanes is number one in the Bicol region as far as the functionalization of the barangay ADACs is concerned, with the next province having only 30% of its barangays with functional ADACs.

The local DILG office has reportedly brought documents regarding their report on the ADAC creation and functionality to the regional office to belie the allegation in the filing of the charges with the Ombudsman.

Is the filing of the charges politics as usual, considering that all three Catanduanes mayors alleged to be included belong to the camp of suspended Gov. Joseph Cua?


Virac has lost part of its cultural heritage with the death of maestro Nestor Publico following a lingering illness. The band master, and his father Maestro Teodulo, had been responsible for the beautiful music that accompanies the singing of angels during the Easter Sunday “Encuentro” ritual.

    Our condolences to the family...


THE BADGE. The DEA officer stops at a ranch in Texas, and talks with an old rancher..He tells the rancher, "I need to inspect your ranch for illegally-grown drugs."

The rancher says, "Okay, but do not go in that field over there," as he points out the location.
The DEA officer verbally explodes saying, "Mister, I have the authority of the Federal Government with me." Reaching into his rear pants pocket, he removes his badge and proudly displays it to the rancher. "See this badge? This badge means I am allowed to go wherever I wish.... On any land. No questions asked or answers given. Have I made myself clear? Do you understand?"

The rancher nods politely, apologizes, and goes about his chores. A short time later, the old rancher hears loud screams and sees the DEA officer running for his life chased by the rancher's big Santa Gertrudis Bull... With every step the bull is gaining ground on the officer, and it seems likely that he'll get gored before he reaches safety. The officer is clearly terrified.

The rancher throws down his tools, runs to the fence and yells at the top of his lungs... "Your badge... Show him your badge!"

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