Would Capitol still be sued on the amended RPT?

May 22, 2011 at 7:02 pm Leave a comment


Senior Board Member Von Mark Mendoza, a last termer dad and groomed to run either for congress or the mayoralty of Lingayen, explained to me his plan and of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan on the amendments of the rates of the acrimonious Real Proper known as Provincial Ordinance No. 12-2011 that was hurriedly passed last May 16, 2011.

He said if a tax payer used to pay P1000 in the past he is supposed to pay P2000 (P1000 old-rate plus P1000 additional 100% increased) this year. But the Board will mitigate this by billing only the taxpayer 50% (P1000) for 2011, 75% (P1, 500), and 100% (P2000) for 2013.

Because Von Mark kept calling me sir, and telling all the media men in that press conference in Jollibee-Lucao, Dagupan City that he should be under my tutelage in political science when I was a professor at Lyceum, I forego to do a flushing knockout of Manny Pacquiao against his justifications because of his down-to-earth demeanor. Hereunder are my supposed refutations to BM Mendoza:

1)      His  P2000 example  does not represent the reality of the Realty Tax that soared at an average of 300% all over the province;

2)      The old rate of P1000 became P4000 (P1000 plus 300% or P3000 equals P4000);

3)      This means First Year would be P2000, Second Year, P3000, and Third Year, P4000;

4)      He and the Board amendment’s plan is still a kick on the groin of the hoi-polloi who used to pay in the hypothetical P1000;

5)     With economic crises here and abroad gnawing the budgets of the already hard-ups Pangasinenses, I do not know if would-be court litigants farmers’ party Abono, Integrated Bar of the Philippines- Pangasinan Chapter,  brokers’ organizations, and others would forego their plan to sue Capitol.

(Oh, Abono Party boss Sendong So reacted on my computation after he reads this column at our website. He text me that if 300% is the averaged increased from BM Mendoza’s P1000 then it should be P3000. He said the 50% in the first year is P1, 500, second year is P2, 250, and third year is P3000. He also said that if RPT runs to 700% in some areas, the 50% is p3, 500 for first year, P5, 250 for the second year, and P7000 for the third year.)

On the answer of Von Mark that the Capitol did not blink because of the public uproar led by former Congressman Mark Cojuangco, Abono Party-list chair Rosendo So, this paper, and the scathing TV ads that continue to snap-out the chances of the governor, and the members of the provincial Board, well that was his opinion.

“The governor is a principled man. He went head on with the unpopular like those fish pens where he collided with their owners…” he told us.

The mere fact the governor asked the SP to amend was understood that he succumbed to pressures from different sectors.

Fish pen owners are few. Tax payers of the RPT are everywhere. The former can be tolerated; the latter can not because they can change the electoral landscapes.

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A staff member of Vice Governor Ferdie Calimlim said I should not have included her patron in my April 10, 2011 column “Don’t Re-Elect SP Members.”

Somebody said I should not include Board Member Bosyong Humilde and Calimlim because they were not at the SP when the infamous Ordinance 146-2010 was voted on by the provincial dads.

I should not have included these two honorable men had I construed their silence and absence not as an implied act of agreeing to the part and parcel of the law. There was deafening silence from them from the time the ordinance was ‘railroaded” in the only two deliberations (where the SP leadership only settled for resource speakers from the Bureau of Internal Revenue and associations of brokers, and not the bigger organizations from the farmers) up to the time Governor Amado T. Espino signed the dotted lines on December 10, 2010.

***

Lethal automatic rifles like Kalashnikov AK-47 can be shipped to the Philippines from the United States in a  door-to-door “Balikbayan (Home comer) Box like what some Filipinos have suspected that it was not only motorcycle parts alleged smuggler Filipino-American  Lynard Allan Biscag has stuffed his boxes bound to the Philippines.

His seized black book bared famous political Muslim and Christian names in Mindanao like Mayor Ali, a certain Dimaporo, “a Mayor Mutalib Dimaporo,” a Governor Jaloslos and a certain Bullet Jalosjos.

He told Philippines’ National Bureau of Investigation that these influential people asked him about the prices of sub machine guns like AK-47s.

Probably, Bigcas has learned a lesson or two from the husband of my town mate – the former Mary Ann de la Sena – in M’lang, Cotabato Province.

Mary Ann’s hubby Fernando Sero alias Ferdie Resada , a scion of a  Muslim gun smith in Cotabato City,  was clamped to jail by the U.S Homeland Security for filling balikbayan boxes with dissembled parts of high powered fire arms  like, son of a gun, AK 47, G3s, HK-94 and M-16 (probably that M-4 stuffs Yankees used in Afhganistan and Iraq).

According to (http://www.filipinoexpress.net/19/52_news.html) these stuffs were sent to Cotabato filipinoexpress.netCity and elsewhere (in the Philippines) without U.S State Department licenses on four separate occasions – September 9, 11 & 12 of 2003, and on March 22, 2005.

“Court records show Sero purchased the items and shipped them to Mindanao in sealed containers using falsified documents,” quoted by the news report titled “Pinoy gets jail term for arms smuggling” bylined by Merpu Roa.

Initial investigations showed that the wife sent those hot boxes. But the wife was not prosecuted as her name was accordingly  used as smokescreen by the husband to escape eventual criminal liabilities.

“They are then assembled together once reaching their destination in Mindanao, and sold to buyers he (Sero) claimed to be Christian militias and local government officials.

Richard Willstatter, Sero’s attorney, earlier said the Fil-Am had a gun store in Cotabato City.

“That’s why he sold some weapons parts to people who needed weapons parts. But they were not terrorists. They’re trying to protect themselves from terrorists,” Willstatter said.

The police had placed Sero under surveillance months before his arrest. He was taken into police custody after a domestic violence incident in which he held a gun to his wife’s head. He was also involved in a standoff with the Yonkers Police Department.

As a result, four of his shipments were intercepted by U.S. and Philippine authorities between September 2004 and March 2005, which finally led to his indictment in a federal court.

However, Sero also admitted he had several other shipments that skirted intercepts, the news stressed.

US embassy in Manila’s spokesman Matthew Lussenhop said Sero hid the weapons in sealed boxes containing household items, such as light fixture and electric car cooler. When the arms arrived in Mindanao, the weapons were reassembled and sold at profit.

“The Philippine National Police was quick to link Sero’s guns shipment to the terrorist groups operating in Mindanao. But Lussenhop refused to say whether the weapons were sold to Muslim separatists and communist rebels fighting the government for nearly 40 years who had killed more than 160,000 people and slowed rural development in the Philippines,” filipinoexpress.net continued.

A source in Cotabato told me that many of our town mates dread meeting the spouses Sero in social functions in America.

My source said that Fernando has a tendency to use unwary friends’ name as sender of those boxes to recipient-cum-conspirators in the Southern part of the Philippines.

(You can read my selected intriguing but thought-provoking columns at http://mortzortigoza.blogspot.com. You can send comments too at totomortz@yahoo.com).

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