Friday, 11 January 2013 13:41
LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…`Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven’…” (Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, in Matthew 5:10, the Holy Bible).
JPE’S POWER OVER SENATE FUNDS: So, it is clear now that Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile had the legal authority to give millions to his fellow senators, not as a bribe but as “MOOE”, or “maintenance or other operating expenses”, to enable them to perform better in their legislative work. It is also clear now that Enrile can choose the senators who will receive the MOOE, and who will not.
In fact, under Senate rules, he can choose not to give MOOE to any one Senator at all. Consequently, those who did not receive the P1.6 million MOOE—Senators Miriam Santiago, Alan Peter Cayetano, Pia Cayetano and Antonio Trillanes—cannot really complain of any abuse on the part of Enrile, could they? There is a phrase for this situation in Spanish, and it goes something like this: “amor con amor se paga”.
PAGADIAN AIRPORT TO BE BARRICADED? For the last two days or so, this column’s correspondent in Zamboanga Del Sur and in the whole Zamboanga Peninsula, Michael Navarro, had been reporting in our radio programs that a woman claiming ownership of the runway of the Pagadian City Airpot in Zamboanga del Sur will barricade the runway starting Friday, January 11, 2013.
Navarro had been saying in his reports that the woman, Seminal Taug, will prevent the operation of the airport which services Zamboanga Del Sur and Zamboanga Sibugay, to call attention to the inability of the airport management and the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) as a whole to comply with court decisions directing the government to pay her for the runway.
Navarro has also been reporting that Taug is the owner of the runway which the DOTC took over, even without paying her. Taug, through lawyer Ganie G. Abubacar, sued the DOTC all the way up to the Supreme Court, which recognized her claims, directing, in the process the payment of whatever is legally due her, which is estimated to be in the vicinity now of P35 million.
It would also appear from Navarro’s reports that the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) had already allocated money to pay Taug’s claims. The money however seems to have been diverted to some other purposes.
FACTS ABOUT PAGADIAN AIRPORT: For the information of our readers, here is an entry in Wikipedia about the Pagadian City Airport: It “… is the airport serving the City of Pagadian, the rest of the Province of Zamboanga del Sur, and the Province of Zamboanga Sibugay in the Philippines… located approximately five kilometers from the city center and is situated in Barangays Muricay and Tiguma, Pagadian City.
“In 2006, the airport was subjected to a P379.46 million-worth (8.72 million USD) rehabilitation and expansion project, pursuant of facility upgrade. The project was completed in December 2009. On October 9, 2009, Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo inaugurated the renovated airport.
“The first aircraft to land on the rehabilitated runway was a Fokker 70 of the Philippine Air Force carrying the Presidential Security Group (PSG) followed by a chartered Dornier 328 of the Royal Star Aviation with tail number RP-C8328 carrying the presidential entourage. The chartered jet from San Miguel Corporation with tail number RP-C8576 which served as the presidential jet was last to land…”
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