Is it true that Governor Espino was not invited in Bani during PNoy’s visit?

December 19, 2010 at 9:29 am Leave a comment

Last December 7 without much fanfares, President PNoy together with Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman visited Bani town purposely to formally open the Core Shelter Project at the mountain slopes of Dacap Sur village.

The project was constructed during the time of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo consisting of 100 housing units which were jointly undertaken by the municipal government of Bani, Department of Social Welfare and Development, UN World Food Programme (UNWFP) and the 600 beneficiaries , mostly were the victims of typhoon Emong which devastated the province in the early part of 2009.

The affair was the first visit of President PNoy in the province after his election for presidency in May 2010. As the first visit, therefore, it should be memorable. It should also be a gathering of respected government officials in the province. And it should also be a venue for public officials to air some concerns to the president.

But surprise of all surprises, our very own Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. was not present in the opening of “ Burubor ni Ayat” (Fountain of Love). Was it a deliberate effort of the organizers of the visit that Governor Espino will not be invited? Or, was there any tint of politics considering that President PNoy belongs to Liberal Party and Governor Espino to the Lakas-CMD Party? Does Bani Mayor Marcelo E. Navarro, Jr. intentionally not include Governor Espino in the list of guests but instead included former 2nd District Rep. Victor Aguedo E. Agbayani? Remember, Agbayani is the provincial chair of Liberal Party

There were many speculations that sprung up after the non-appearance of Governor Espino in that grand and historical event in the province. Yes, if some of the speculations were true that he was intentionally not invited to the event, it’s a big slap on the face of the province’s chief executive. If I were Espino, I will ask the organizers to explain or perhaps even Mayor Navarro why the “missed protocol” in the invitation of guests. Or, I might bawl at Navarro for still playing politics at the moment.

The damage has been done to the ego of the governor. It was an utter disrespect of not “inviting” him being the highest official of the province. On the part of the organizers of the visit, it was distasteful and a shame to the “Tuwid na Landas” of President PNoy. Probably, non-political allies are not included in the “Tuwid na Landas”. Is it only for those allies of PNoy ?

Wouldn’t it had been wonderful when Espino and Agbayani should have been there in the event together and could have talked on their political differences? Then, a reconciliation between the two should have made us prouder Pangasinenses-an event most awaited for than that of the inauguration of the houses. Don’t you think so, Kuya Raffy (Baraan) and my friend Butch Velasco?

And speaking of “Tuwid na Landas”, the Supreme Court has finally spoken. The Executive Order No. 1 issued by President PNoy for the creation of Truth Commission was declared unconstitutional. The magistrates opined that it is selective Commission which focuses only to the alleged anomalies of then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. They said that it should have included those in the other previous administrations.

What I could not understand in this administration is the “fishing expedition” it is doing against PGMA? If there were corrupt practices during her term, much more have been done during the terms of Cory Aquino, Fidel Valdez Ramos and Erap Estrada. Why don’t they unearth those graft and corruption practices even during the time of President Marcos. Imposing a clean slate of governance is not a monopoly of the few.

Now the allied group of PNoy is pointing to the magistrates of the Supreme Court alleging that many of them have been appointed by PGMA? What wisdom are these people imparting to the ordinary Filipino people. It was not PGMA who directly appointed these magistrates. They passed through the scrutiny of the Judicial Bar Council ( some senators and representatives are members) and it’s only the President who will handpick and appoint one out of the three nominees. They are now saying that PGMA have been shielded by these magistrates and crying out for equal justice.

Who appointed the members of the Truth Commission? Was it not PNoy? If we go to the same argument, then the results of the investigation to be undertaken by the said commission will be one-sided and biased.

Let’s open our eyes to political realities. Politics has been there in our lives for so long a time. It has never made this country to its desired heights of progress and development.

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