Senator Loren Legarda tries to do an Igorot dance during a visit to a conference organized by Cordillera women leaders last year. Inviting Loren is a good move by said women leaders because the Senator may well become the next President of the country. She continues to perform well in presidential polls conducted by survey outfits. However, a lot of things can happen between now and 2010 so she should not count the eggs before they’re laid.
What’s this “caretaker” nonsense that people in Mt. Province are talking about? According to this report, following the demise of Mt. Province Rep. Victor Dominguez, some Mt. Province leaders have passed a resolution tasking Baguio Rep. Mauricio Domogan to be the province’s “caretaker”.
The report also states that the Dominguez clan “prefers someone who comes from the same party where the late lawmaker is affiliated” to be appointed.
Now is Mt. Province so poor in human resources that it has to look outside for a “caretaker”? How pathetic are we? I can’t imagine leaders of Kalinga, Ifugao, and the other Cordi provinces asking an outsider to be their “caretaker”. Seriously!
At the same time, huwag naman silang mag-appoint ng relative ng dating Congressman to be the “caretaker”.
But all these talks of appointing a “caretaker” is silly because if I understand this law correctly, there is no such thing as a “caretaker”.
Instead, what the law provides in case of a permanent vacancy in Congress is for the holding of a special election “not earlier than sixty (60) days nor longer than ninety (90) days after the occurrence of the vacancy”. Iyan dapat ang tutukan ng mga nasabing Mt. Province leaders. (Note: I stand corrected if you can find a provision of law that provides for the appointment of a “caretaker”.)
Instead of asking Rep. Domogan to be their “caretaker”, what said Mt. Province “leaders” should do is to ask the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to immediately schedule a special election to fill the seat vacated by Rep. Dominguez.
There is no money for a special election? Then they should lobby Gloria and Congress to provide the money. Diyan masusubukan kung talagang malakas sila kay Gloria.
A retired Roman Catholic bishop has backed out of leading the Mass to celebrate the 22nd anniversary of the first people power revolution at the Our Lady of Peace Shrine on EDSA apparently after learning that President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo might attend the event.
Huh, Governor Dalog can we stop this boot licking already. It is unbecoming of you. Gloria is a cheat and a corrupt “President”. Do not use the barangay officials of Mt. Province to prop her up.
By the way, are anyone of you wondering why the government is not doing anything to stop the continued smuggling of vegetables? A very reliable source told us that the reason for this is that Gloria’s husband, Mike Arroyo, gets the bulk of the grease money that smugglers give to Customs officials. What about that?
The farmers of Bauko, the Governor’s hometown, and the wider Benguet-Mt Province vegetable belt are losing their livelihood because of Mike Arroyo and yet the Mt. Province governor ass-kisses Gloria. Where’s the pride, Guv?
I think I said somewhere that Gloria should be credited for giving some attention to the Cordilleras but this should not blind us to her corruption. More importantly, we should not use barangay officials to prop up a corrupt regime. They are there to serve their barangay constituents not Gloria and her thieving husband.
Click below to read what raised my hackles hehe.
Thanks to our tipster who forwarded this petition asking the Sagada police to act on the gambling problem in town. Double click the image to increase its size.
In case you still have a problem viewing the photocopy, this is how it reads: