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What's the latest news about the project???

I heard, just heard from a source that few people who went againts the project are now PRO RECLAMATION...

These people where the one's who shouted out of their lung thei pros and cons of the project... The Reclamation issue was even the campaign heater during the previous election and has proven effective when all of the candidates who rumored to be in favor of or moneyed by the propopent perished to existence by the voting public... Now, after the election, one politician who lost in the last May election regain her power again at the barangay election.... Tha Kapitan was the one or one of the politicos who sild the people of her barangay... mirise pud nang barangaya, daghan bagutbot kesyo gibaligya sila nya kadaog man ghapon ilang kontra....  Di ba diay,. huuuuuuuuuuh.. kwarta ra nang storyaha... Gipalit na pud sila for the nth time... Na hala, mao man kahay ilaha, sagdi mauna mangaunlod inigtabon sa dagat.


Now back to the real issue, the people I was talking about were the one a100 percenter againts the reclamation, nya karon,   beofre the barangay election, gitawag man kaha, kuno, sa representatives sa proponent ug nahitabo ag usa pagkasinabtanay sa mga anak ni Hudas ngadto sa JJ's Seafood nRestaurant, kuno, sa syudad sa Tagbilaran... Nah mura, bantog ra kusog muawhag kay gapapansin ra man diay... Gibaligya pud ilang moral, kalag ug prinsipyo sa pipila ka pirasong pilak aron matuman ag ilahang mga damgo sa ilang kinabuhi.... Ug, gi saaran pa man kuno nga tagaan ug luna ngadto sa isla na ilang pagabuhaton....Dala sa sabot nga ilisan ug ngalan ang project, di na, kuno "  Panglao Reclamation Project,...  'ISLAND PROJECT ' na.......  Murag island citimall.... aw apil man kaha sila ani pud.........


Nakowh, mauwawh ekowh sa ilang gpambuhet... etay nangh mga tawhana,..eh mananapa..... labaw pa sa baksan mutukob.


Makatug pa ta mo ug tarong anang inyong kalaki.........

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Talk of the Town / ITALIAN ROBBED, DIED.....WAS IN COMMA FOR WEEKS
« on: September 01, 2010, 07:02:14 PM »


DOES ANYBODY OUTSIDE PANGLAO KNOWS WHAT HAPPENED TO THE ITALIAN WHO WAS ROBBED AT HIS HOUSE IN PANGLAO?  Well, he's dead now after few weeks in a comma at Ramro Hospital In Tagbilaran.... Says that the perpetrator was caught and WAS put in jail at the police station of the town....

WELL, a dead man tells no tale... He was found dead by hanging himself inside the jail......

Maybe, I dont know if it was really him who robbed the Italian or he was just a fall guy on the incident.

The question is we can not find answers from him anymore for his lips are sealed and COLD forever..

I heard from a source that when the media tried to reach the present chief of police, it was the town mayor who answered the queries from the radioman.... Instead, the issue was not focused on the said chief of police but diverted to an officer of the tourist police who is not in good terms with him.

The interview was focused on something else instead of the incident..

Are there proper authorities to investigate this case? Is there a whitewash?

The people lost confidence already in the police force due to high rate of disturbance and criminalities especially in PANGLAO...

BETTER THIS ONE CATCHES THE ATTENTION OF THE NATIONAL MEDIA SO WE CAN SEE FASTER RESULTS..
When this case is very isolated and happened in an isolated area ....

This is now a call for the people not to trust anybody...., specially the one's in the government.







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Panglao Island - Bohol / SERENE PANGLAO....... dont kill their dreams.....
« on: December 01, 2009, 12:16:38 PM »
RECLAIMATION

imagine making an artificial island in Panglao.

The Advantages and Disadvantages of  pursuing it:

Yes, it Panglao will be placed on the world map again if the dream realizes;
Yes, it will generate employment for the people of panglao ( okey, what? )
Yes, it will boosts more sales on tourism accommodations and other related activities;

NO, it will kill the environment when siphoning the sands of Panglao to make an artificial island;
NO, it will displace the local fishermen ;

there are more than to meet the eyes; more things to discuss.;more people to agree and disagree;


I myself is No to these VULTUROUS dream of some businessmen; I would rather be a philantropist putting my money to help other people rather than a businessman who is out to kill anybody who gets in my way for the sake of money..


Im calling all concerned inviduals to please do not allow this to happen.  There are more feasible sites than Panglao.  Why dont they try to bring it to other coastal towns of Bohol.. Panglao's serenity should stay..

and these Vultures too should stay away from Panglao....


ATTENTION DENR, BMT AND other concerned organization, let us hold our hands together and do not let this happen.....

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General Topic / INVASION!
« on: May 10, 2009, 06:38:30 PM »


( Exceprts from The Bohol Chronicle ) Sunday, May 10, 2009 issue


Guv to meet resort owners
on public access ultimatum

Due process despite the apparent disregard for the public access zones. This was the message Governor Erico Aumentado aired Friday.

The governor's statement came on the heels of complaints from tourists and local residents who felt cheated when some resort owners in Panglao claim the beachfronts as their personal property.

The idea also encourages these owners to deny tourists not checking in their resorts, by banning them from the access to "their beachfronts."

The governor, who admitted he is aware of the arrogance of beach resort owners, reiterated that the national law mandates that 20-meter zones from the waterline during peak of high tide is open for public access.

On this, Capitol and the national environment department have issued parallel directives and warnings on these violations.
         

These directives however have been more honored on the breach, complained a texter complainant who was quoted in a governor's interaction with the local media Friday.

With the governor almost filled to the brim, many Boholanos admit they intend to see how the provincial executive would take the dare by resort owners despite his personal efforts to drive any permanent development within the salvage zone and open them for free access by anybody.

However, the governor revealed to the media his plans to put up the ultimatum.

This would be after he could meet the beach resort owners at the CPG Hall of the Capitol next week.

Moreover, the governor aired his call to owners during his weekly The Governor Reports, urging them not to miss the meeting to finally settle the matter.

The governor's move also came in time for a Malacanang dare for lawyers' group to file suits against government agencies violating environmental laws.

The palace pronouncement gives the backbone for President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's wish for the country to go green. In fact, while in Bohol, the President aired her wish to keep Panglao Bohol from becoming another Boracay. (rachiu/PIA)



FIRST, INVADING THE TOWN OF PANGLAO BY CALLING IT DEVELOPMENT, NOW HE WANTS TO INVADE THE PRIVATE BUSINESSES THERE.

Granting he wnats to leave a legacy, but is it by hurting some people and their properties as well to gain notoriety and leave the so-called legacy and achievemnt in politics the only way?

IF THAT IS SO, " WHAT AN a** COULD A PLOITICIAN BE "

Why not try close all the businesses of let them build their own so they can please every people they wanted to please.   That at least is at his own expense..  NOT of the others'..


MIND.. DO YOU MIND growing up erico?

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Philippine Business News / Another Milking Cow
« on: March 13, 2009, 03:52:02 PM »
ANOTHER MILKING COW?


Colurum vans soon to have
LTFRB franchise
COLORUM VANS PROBLEM. The problem on getting franchises of vans for hire was given
solution during a meeting called by Rep. Edgar Chatto with LTFRB Regional Director Romulo Bernardes
during a meeting last Friday at JJs Seafood Village. In attendance are Provincial Tourism Council Chair
Peter Dejaresco and Prov'l BM Ae Damalerio, chair, committee on public utilities. Foto DANNY REYES

Colurum vans for hire will soon have tourist franchise to legalize their operation which is vital to tourism, a major accelerator of Bohol economy.

Early qualified applicants may have their franchises issued in time of the national Regional Managers Conference (RMAC) of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) in Panglao on May 8.

LTFRB Regional Director Romulo Bernardes assured the franchising of tourist transport (TT) vans in a consultative meeting with Rep. Edgar Chatto, Provincial Tourism Council (PTC) chairman Peter Dejaresco, Land Transportation Office (LTO) - Tagbilaran Registrar Joel Maluloy-on, Provincial Board Member Alfonso Damalerio II and heads of concerned transport groups at the JJ's Seafood Village here Thursday.

The franchise conference was also attended by lawyer Douglas Sanson, LTFRB hearing officer for Bohol, and LTFRB Transport Development Officer Rey Elnar.

Chatto, chairman of the tourism committee in Congress and who facilitated the meeting, praised LTFRB's positive response as it will upgrade the transport sector in the local tourism industry.
          

He said it will also legitimize the livelihood of the said sector after LTFRB declared a moratorium in the issuance of V-hire franchise.

Almost 70% of vans for-hire, including those classified as shuttle units, are not LTRFB-franchised, according to Damalerio, chairman of the public utilities committee of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.

City Councilor Nerio Zamora II, chairman of the public utilities committee of the Sangguniang Panlungsod, was in the meeting, too.

Franchising was then opened but many operators just did not mind until the reglamentary period elapsed and the moratorium on franchise issuance was imposed.

Now, Bernardes said, one franchise is entitled to an initial of only three units.
Thus, owners with only one van each have to agree among themselves on who should stand to be the registered franchisee.

Franchise can be granted in the name of a transport organization as registered cooperative.

Bohol's V-hire and tourist transport groups include the Airport Drivers Operators Tourist Transport (ADOTAS), Association of Bohol United Transport Services, Inc. (ABUTSI), Bohol Transport Services Multi-Purpose Cooperative (BISMPC), Jagna V-Hire Owners Drivers Association (JAVODA), Bohol Interior Bound V-Hire Operators Drivers Association (BIBVITODA) and Bohol Transport Operators Association Inc. (BOTROPASSI).

The LTFRB will conduct a route measurement capacity (RMC) survey prior to the issuance of any TT (tourist transport) franchise.

A vehicle is at least five-year-old model while the franchise, once issued, is effective in five years.

A much older model can be granted TT franchise if it is still "fit for tourist ride" as endorsed by the Department of Tourism (DOT), according to the LTFRB regional director.

While in the meeting, Chatto phoned DOT Regiona Director Dawnie Roa who replied with "much concern to endorse," granting that the vehicle is "roadworthy and presentable."

Vans with existing regular (not tourist transport or TT) franchise and the colurum units that cannot pass the LTFRB-DOT rules will be converted into "garage-terminal (GT) express units."

They will operate on fixed routes unlike those with tourist transport franchise which can travel anywhere in Bohol.

The vans for-hire, even if they have existing regular franchise, will be eventually phased out so that they should be franchised as TT units or converted into GT express until this June 30.



DI BA DIAY NAGLISUD SAMOT ANG MGA NAGLISUD DAAN?

dis a man na sa una? nganong la na regulate daan?


ato sa ning hisgutan gamay for consumption lang.


any feedbacks/

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Talk of the Town / ICM Raffle Draw Hysteria
« on: January 07, 2009, 12:30:48 AM »
  IT'S ALL ABOUT THE RAFFLE DRAW OF ICM WHICH WAS SCHEDULED ON JANUARY 6, 2009 SUPPOSEDLY.   AND WAS HELD LAST JANUARY 4 INSTEAD WITHOUT INFORMING THE PUBLIC WHEN THE SCHEDULED WAS POSTED ALL OVER INCLUDING ON THE CUSTOMER'S FACES....


IMAGINE,?   PIPOL FROM THE FAR FLUNG BARANGAYS IN BOHOL CAME, AND TODAY ALSO...  HOW VERY STUPID WAS A PERSONNEL FROM THEM ASKED WHY THE RAFFLE WAS HELD LAST JANUARY 4? BECAUSE THE 6TH DIDNT FALL ON SUNDAY...   PAG KA ESTUPIDO.


MAG RAFFLE GALI TA ARON NA TAY IKAHATAG NGA KALIPAY SA ATONG MGA KLIYENTE. NYA? SA MAN RON?

TUBAGA SULAY NI MARIO KAY IKAW MAN KAHAY ULO ULO ANA DIHAS ICM.   AJAW LANG PAG NEGATIVE KAY MA APIL NYA KA UG KA BAYGON


SA MAY TUBAG ANA?



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Panglao Island - Bohol / Justice Prevailed
« on: December 26, 2008, 12:12:17 AM »
DOJ clears Dumaluan
    

Former Panglao mayor Dr. Doloreich Dumaluan have nothing but praises for the swift delivery of justice on what had become the most publicized criminal case in the province.

Nine months after Dr. Dumaluan was implicated as mastermind in the brutal killing of 16-year old Vivian Dumaluan sometime in April 2004, the Department of Justice (DOJ) dismissed a petition for review on the decision of the Provincial Prosecutor that cleared the former mayor of the rape with homicide case.

Vivian was working as a househelp of the former mayor's brother Teofredo "Pingmay" Dumaluan who was previously charged for the crime on December 28, 2007.

"With the DOJ ruling, I really hope the persecution against former mayor Dumaluan and his family through machinations and sheer inventions using convicts as witnesses is over," the respondent's lead counsel Atty. Roland Inting said.

THE CHARGES

On April 29, 2004, the lifeless body of Vivian was found near the Bagobo Beach Resort in Bolod, Panglao.

A post mortem examination of the teenage victim's body showed she was raped before she was killed.

Police investigation led to the filing of a complaint for rape with homicide two months later against one Narciso Maghamil. This complaint was based primarily on the affidavit of witness George Galo.

About three years later on December 28, 2007, a second complaint was filed against Pingmay, this time for conspiracy to commit rape with homicide.

The complaint against Pingmay was based on a second affidavit executed by Galo on August 13, 2007.
         

The Office of the Provincial Prosecutor conducted preliminary investigation on the second case but before the prosecution could issue a resolution, the complainant and police investigator SPO2 Dominie Ragusta filed on March 7, 2008 a motion to defer resolution in order for additional evidence which includes an affidavit of Elizabeth Galo, wife of George, and a sworn statement by one Alex Dasco dated March 5, 2008.

However, before the prosecution could resolve the motion, a third complaint was filed charging former mayor Dumaluan and Romeo Lapinig as additional respondents having conspired with the two other earlier-accused.

A second affidavit of Dasco, executed nine days after the first sworn statement, tagged Dr. Dumaluan as the mastermind of the gruesome crime.

The provincial prosecutor consolidated the cases and created a panel of four prosecutors to conduct a joint preliminary investigation.

On July 2, 2008, the panel of prosecutors dismissed the complaint for rape with homicide against the Dumaluan brothers and Lapinig. The same resolution found probable cause against Dasco, one of the key witnesses, based on his extrajudicial confession that he held the hands of Vivian while she was repeatedly raped and later killed.

The complainants filed a motion for reconsideration at the Provincial Prosecutor but even before the motion was resolved, a petition for review was also filed by the complainants at the DOJ.

Although the filing of the petition for review was premature, the DOJ resolved the same based on its merits.

The DOJ resolution, signed by justice Sec. Raul Gonzales, said it found "no error to warrant the modification or reversal" of the resolution of the panel of prosecutors.

The DOJ likewise found inconsistencies in the testimonies of Galo "rendering his allegations unworthy of faith and credence".

Dasco's credibility as a witness was found by the DOJ as "devoid of any credibility".

Dasco's allegation that the former mayor involved him in the planning and participation of the crime when the Dumaluan brothers knew him for only about two weeks "cannot also be accorded with credibility", the DOJ resolution said.

"Moreover, the settled jurisprudence is that conspiracy must be established, as clearly as the commission of the crime itself. Dasco's allegation of conspiracy in the instant cases falls short of the required degree of proof."

The resolution also noted that Dasco failed to present evidence showing that the former mayor employed him as a driver in April 2004.

"Finally, as borne out by the record, witnesses Galo and Dasco are convicts of crimes involving moral turpitude. Such circumstances militates against their credibility as witnesses," the ruling concluded.

Atty. Inting said that Dumaluan and counsels are "contemplating on filing appropriate charges against those who orchestrated the sham accusations, including the lawyers, if evidence warrant."

Meanwhile, Atty. Aleck Francis Lim, another counsel for Dumaluan, also asked for the police to produce Dasco as the witness was under their custody.

He said the warrant for the arrest of Dasco, the accuser who is now the accused, should be issued by the court with the filing of charges against him.

   
    
Web    www.BoholChronicle.com
   

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General Topic / HOW TO BECOME A TOURIST PORT
« on: December 04, 2008, 09:48:40 AM »
Published in the Bohol Chronicle

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Pres. Arroyo postponed her schedule for inauguration of several projects here.

Gov. Erico Aumentado bared that due to pressing schedules in Manila, the President decided to move her Bohol visit to first week of May. The President was originally scheduled to arrive here on Friday.

She is slated to inaugurate the Bayongan Dam of the Bohol Irrigation Project Stage 2 (BHIP 2) in San Miguel town, the Bohol Circumferential Road Improvement Project Phase 2 (BCRIP 2) and the P60-million Jagna roll on-roll off port, and possibly to include the newly completed Welcome Center at the Tagbilaran City Port, declared as the country's "tourist port."
;D ;D ;D
Gov. Aumentado will fly to Manila for a scheduled meeting with the President tomorrow to finalize the presidential visit here.


qualifications on how to become a tourist port:

1. should be crowded with badjaos both land and sea;
2. should be populated by unorganized vendors ( mobile and stationary );
3. should be full of basuras all over the area;
4. should be installed with multi million lighting facilities, but doesnt need to be working
5. should be flocked by some shady characters canvassing for tarnsport ( i.e.   must be suspects or at least newly bailed out on some robbery activities )

anybody who wants to add more on the qualifications,  feel free.

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General Topic / WHAT'S FUNNY?
« on: November 30, 2008, 01:19:40 PM »
" WHAT'S FUNNY?

IT'S FUNNY WHEN YOU HEARD A LOT ABOUT AN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TO BE CONTRUCTED IN PANGLAO..............  TALKS ABOUT IT STARTED TWENTY YEARS AGO.  EACH TIME A NEW GOVERNOR INSTALLED, ARE THE TIMES THE SUPPOSED AIRPORT HAVING IT'S GROUND BREAKING CEREMONY ( damu gid kwarta sang gubyirnu bla ) ;D


IT'S FUNNY, WHEN YOU HEARD OR TALKED ABOUT THE TAGBILARAN PORT AS "TOURISM  PORT" WHEN IT HAS SO MANY BASURA, VENDORS AND BAJAOS.  ( pagawasa ra gud na sa iyang opisina ang port manager... ipasuroy...  )

IT'S FUNNY WHEN THE FORMER ACCUSED HAS TURNED TABLES ON FORMER WITNESSES AGAINTS HIM  .. ( asa naman mga testigos gipambayaran ni anoos fonacier aron ma vindicate ang kanhi mayor sa panglao? )................ ;D ;D

manlawog sa kog baboy.. sumpayan ra nako ni ;D

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General Topic / LOOK! THERE'S WATER IN PANGLAO.....
« on: November 01, 2007, 04:38:15 PM »
Cebu group eyes Panglao water supply
By KIT BAGAIPO
 
   
 
WATER DEAL. Panglao town Mayor Doloreich Dumaluan conferring with Mactan Rock president Antonio Tompar, a Cebu-based water provider, during a public consultation last Thursday to supply water in the resort area of barangays Tawala, Bolod and Danao.    Resort owners and residents in barangays Tawala, Bolod and Danao in Panglao town welcomed the entry of Cebu-based water supply specialist Mactan Rock Industries during a public consultation held last Thursday at the Tawala barangay hall.


Panglao Mayor Doloriech Dumaluan told the Chronicle that potable water is expected to flow by March next year as Mactan Rock president Antonio Tompar assured that they will
 
start the project once a barangay resolution will be adopted by Tawala officials and the corresponding permit from the office of the mayor.
"I did not hear any opposition to the interest of Mactan Rock to provide potable water during the public hearing," Dumaluan stressed, "as this will solve the long-sought after solution to the water problem [in the resort area]."


The project could be undertaken through a build-operate-transfer (BOT) scheme or maybe privately owned, Dumaluan said.

     Once the barangay resolution and mayor's permit are issued, Mactan Rock will enter into a memorandum of agreement with the Alona Beach Community Foundation.


The mayor assured that the project will commence in January and as Mactan Rock's timetable had it, they could start supplying within three months.


According to Dumaluan, the entry of Mactan Rock will not affect ongoing negotiations with Bohol Water Utilities Inc. (BWUI) which have also expressed interest to supply the much-needed potable and clean water in the town.
 

Presently, negotiations with BWUI are stalled as the Panglao Sangguniang Bayan (SB) is still reviewing the water rate proposal of BWUI.


"There is no problem if both BWUI and Mactan Rock will come in because there is no exclusive franchise required [by the latter]," the mayor explained, "[this will] encourage competition [among the two water utilities]."


Resort owners and the Alona community have been complaining of the availability of potable water in the area.


The public consultation was attended by barangay officials of Tawala, Bolod and Danao, purok leaders, resort owners and residents.


Dumaluan said, Mactan Rock is an environment friendly alternative since the company will build a wastewater treatment plant aside from the desalination process facility that will filter salty water into mineral water with "zero waste discharge".


Mactan Rock will also install their own pipelines going to their consumers.


Mayor Dumaluan said the company had a previous offer to sell their water at P25 per cubic meter. But the mayor expects the selling price will be much lower depending on the operation and maintenance costs.


Mactan Rock is a successful water treatment venture that supplies many resorts and hotels in Cebu City including business establishments and some parts of Cebu's downtown areas.
 

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LGU Philippines / PANGLAO POLITICS: late but still entertaining
« on: September 20, 2007, 11:08:42 AM »
EDITORIAL
   
 
"IF THE PRICE IS RIGHT"
 
   
  Because of their religiosity, a joke goes, Boholanos are sometimes more Catholic than the Pope. The province, in fact, has one of the most number of priests and nuns in the country. The devotion to Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus borders on near fanaticism.


The BCBP-sponsored "Be Honest" - even if others do not, cannot - are all over the place - in streamers, media and even tricycles.


Sadly, however, when it comes to election, morality flies out of the window. Everyone seems to be for sale - "if the price is right." This is the kind of religiosity in words - but not in practice, that, woefully, many of us are guilty of. Shame on us!


Dirty and expensive are two ways to describe elections in Bohol. There are worse adjectives that cannot be printed here.


The fact that no real bloodshed occurred does not mean that Bohol had a clean and orderly election. There are some deaths that do not require the absence of life.


The death of democracy, for instance, only requires that one who has more gold claims his stewardship over a territory he does not deserve. And believe you us, the greed for power and largesse, made politicians and their supporters spend millions to direct the results of elections to their likings. Is this true representative democracy?


We had simplified our criteria for a sound public official - competence and integrity. By buying the votes of the electorate, he certainly failed in the second criterion. The morality of vote buying is akin to bribing the one who has the power - to withhold a parking space that has been paid for by someone, a clerical position from a deserving applicant and a student's seat in the classroom when he had paid the tuition as a qualified, bona fide student.


Yet, again, sadly, many of us take vote buying and bribe taking as an every-three- year bonus exercise, that we all very well know - is one of the chief root causes of corruption in the Philippines - now Asia's most corrupt by world standards. Those of us who participated in this quid pre quo arrangement are all part of this tag. Shame on us!


Take the case of just two towns - Panglao and Loay. There must be some kind of gold mine in these towns for some contenders to mark up the voter buying bids which can put to shame the amounts spent even in places like Manila. There are reports - which we tend to believe - that the voter's price ranged from P2,000 to a magnificent - if shocking - P5,000 - on the day before election. ( ALL THESE, COURTESY OF MAYOR ANOS FONACIER AND HIS FAVORITE , DODONG ALCALA WHO WILL TAKE HIS PLACE AS THE MAYOR ELECT. )


The argument is that since there are only few voters (relative terms), the bid price, therefore, escalates because the lower numbers (of voters) make the per head bribe affordable. But if that were true, why did these numbers (P2,000-P5,000 price per voter) not happen in most towns - though there was still vote-buying?


Maybe being the crown jewel of the "most preferred island destination" and the gargantuan Panglao international airport - are incentives enough "to die for." In Loay, there are reports that families were offered a package incentive of P10,000 to P20,000 per family. There must be something in Loay as well that must be worth the investments in gold that the clash of titans there predicated their battle on. "What about the pier," some people ask. Yes, can you tell us about it?


This proportion of electoral vote-buying dwarfs the previous elections range of P100 to P500 for an entire ticket. Indeed in politics - and business? - history can change in three years!


The election process has been degraded severely from candidates not having platforms to not having anything at all except a fat bank account and millionaire- supporters who are "investing" in sound political positioning. What is happening to our province, President Caloy Garcia?


Worse, there are unverified accusations that, particularly in the third district where the fight between the Jala and Relampagos factions generated heat that could fry a million eggs (including exaggeration) , the final provincial tallies did not, reportedly, reflect what occurred at the precinct levels. The names of Loay and Sierra Bullones have been mentioned so often as - the "hot" places. Is an electoral protest in the House of Representatives in the offing? Does the aggrieved party have enough evidence?


There are areas, however, where the "money factor" was not the X factor that swung election results one way or the other. Yet there was hardly any virtue there - because there just was not enough opposition to contest the candidacies of some.


Still in others - the voters wisened up - for some reason of their own. In Dauis, a losing candidate allegedly spent million before the election but could not match the actual pay-offs on election day and days immediately preceding. Calape, in a way, can become a model town, in spanking vote-buying candidates.


In some positions, the candidate who spent P400 against the opponent's P100 - still lost the election of May 14. It is phenomenon that is pregnant with meaning - that should give a lesson to vote-buyers in the future: that a citizen's vote is not for bidding to the highest bribe-giver.


Until people in our debating society called Congress and the Senate open their eyes about the pending "Electoral Reform Bill" which will force government to subsidize or pay the electoral expenses of all candidates and "uniformize" the media and campaign material in the next elections, we will forever face up to these abominable electoral practices characterized by greed and avarice capitalizing on the poverty of the electorate by asking them to sell their votes - and their dignity.


That is why the sensational, pulse-pounding victory of a priest in Pampanga as new governor - without him buying a single vote or distorting any election return - has been called a "miracle.'


Because in the Philippines, it is.
 

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