ORTIGOZA: Is BIR Commissioner Henares heartless?

September 29, 2013 at 6:55 pm Leave a comment


mortz-nw-colored32As I was browsing military speeches after a high police official tasked me to write an eulogy for him for a dead commando waylaid by Muslim rebels in Zamboanga City, I stumbled on this scintillating “I’ll be damned profanity-laced speech” extemporaneously delivered by one of the greatt generals of World War II – four-star swashbuckling general George S. Patton.
Here’s its excerpt and a must-read if one is a military or police officer who aspire for greatness:
“Then there’s one thing you men will be able to say when this war is over and you get back home. Thirty years from now when you’re sitting by your fireside with your grandson on your knee and he asks, ‘What did you do in the great World War Two?’ You won’t have to cough and say, ‘Well, your granddaddy shoveled shit in Louisiana.’ No sir, you can look him straight in the eye and say ‘Son, your granddaddy rode with the great Third Army and a son-of-a-goddamned-bitch named George Patton!”
“All right, you sons of bitches. You know how I feel. I’ll be proud to lead you wonderful guys in battle any time, anywhere. That’s all.”
You can access the entirety of this hilarious but perceptive speech at my blog at http://wwwmortzcortigoza.blogspot.com/2013/09/profanity-laced-speech-by-great-general.html.
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Oh before I forget, if you saw the “pompous” hero’s burial on TV given by the local government unit of San Quintin, Pangasinan for PO2 Chris Hernaez, one of the zealous proponents of Pangasinan giving honor to the province’s military and police sons who died fighting for peace, was police Lieutenant Colonel Eric Noble (PMA ’92), presently assigned at Camp Crame, who posted on my blog Pangasinan News Aro: “Very nice event, sana mangyari din yan sa mga ibang namatay na pulis at sundalo. Nawa ang ginawa ng mga taga San Quintin ay tularan ng mga iba pang kumunidad na matutong tumingin sa kabayanihan na ginawa ni PO2 Hernaez!“.
Noble, who speaks like Pangasinan Police Director Marlou Chan, is not only the advocate for the humongous province to lead in giving honors to slain sons but an author of the book Global Cop.
Eric, veteran of two United Nations peacekeeping operations, is the handsome version of U.S Colonel H.R McMaster. McMaster (West Point, Harvard), which I stumbled on Bob Woodward’s 487 pages “The War Within”, was the author of Dereliction of Duty which exposed the weakness of the Joint Chiefs during the Vietnam War that found its success in Iraq.
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I got a copy recently of the Revenue Travel Assignment Order (RTVO) No. 38-2013 dated September 11, 2013 of the chiefs of revenue district office of the Bureau of Internal Revenue all over the country.
The order thus said: “The exigencies of the revenue service so requiring, the following personnel are hereby relieved of their present duties and directed to report to their new assignments as indicated…”
There were mixed reactions on this latest reshuffle from BIR officials executed by its Commissioner Kim Henares.
One of them told me its good for the tax collection efficiency of the bureau as new faces in a district avoid familiarization and favoritism with the tax payers who did not pay the right taxes they owe the government because they have rubbed elbows with the old tax top honcho in their district .
The other one disagree how Henares handles the RTVO since it displaced families. He cited as an example the reshuffle done by Henares on 2011.
One of the RDO chiefs affected was former RDO chief Merlyn Vicente of RDO -6 that covers Eastern Pangasinan.
“Although her reassignment in Zamboanga City was a promotion for her since the RDO office there is much bigger than her previous post, she displaced her family especially her children who are still in the elementary grades”.
My source appealed that Henares should be considerate in giving travel assignment orders.
“She should not be heartless. She can reassign those RDOs within the Luzon peninsula, those in Visayas and Mindanao within the same islands. At least on weekends mothers like Vicente and Christine Cardona (from Samar to Calasiao, Pangasinan) can have physical rapport with their loved ones.”
Hereunder are the new assignments of the RDO chiefs in Region 1:
RDO-1 Ilocos Norte, Melanie Soriano to Batangas; RDO-2 Ilocos Sur, Imelda Bueno to Core Expert Team, Metro Manila; RDO- 3 La Union, Erlinda Victorino to Lipa, Batangas; RDO- 4 Calasiao, Pangasinan, Christine Cardona to La Trinidad, Benguet; RDO-5 Alaminos City, Pangasinan, Quirino Ramos to Marilao, Bulacan; RDO-6 Urdaneta City, Pangasinan, Attorney Beverly Milo to Core Expert Team, Project Management & Implementation, Metro Manila
The new RDO-chiefs in Region-1 are:
RDO-1 Simplicio Cabantac from Assistant RDO, RDO-31 Sta Cruz; RDO-2 Yolanda Ferrer from RDO chief of RDO-60 Lucena City; RDO- 3 Amador Ducut from OIC-RDO chief RDO- 21B-South Pampanga; RDO- 4 Renato Molina from RDO Chief, RDO- 24 Valenzuela; RDO-5 Emir Abutazil from Technical Assistant, Taxpayer Assistant Service, Metro Manila; RDO-6 Attorney Nasrollah Conding OIC-RDO RDO 92 Pagadian City.
According to my source the assistant revenue district officers and the examiners brace themselves for other rounds of reshuffle anytime before the end of this year. They pray that Commissioner Henares hopefully reassign them within the Luzon Island so they can be near their families especially the babies for the mothers even for a weekend or once a month.
Would you acquiesce on that Christian proposal Commissioner?
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Here’s what I found when I was browsing on speeches of then President William Jefferson “Bill the intern lover” Clinton to get an idea for a piece I am going to write for a mayor’s first 100 days in office.
Has the speech writers at the White House forgot to insert the most appropriate word here?
“America demands and deserves big things from us,- and nothing big ever came from being small. Let us remember the timeless wisdom of Cardinal Bernardin, when facing the end of his own life.
He said, ‘It is wrong to waste the precious gift of time, on acrimony and division.” It should be “dichotomy” instead of “division ” para rhyme sa “acrimony.”
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Just saw Ed Henry of FOX News and White House spokesman Jay Carney sparred during the White House’s presser over Eric Holder’s lies under oath, President Obama’s adamant stance to bypass congress and bomb Syria, and his present diplomatic stance to allow Syria’s to pin point sites of her chemical weapons. This scene is a rarity these days in the Philippines where reporters who cover a press conference expose the ignorance of the interviewee-public official. You can watch this treat by accessing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USkihhGSE20 (Preview) .
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Over cup of coffee Americano somewhere in Dagupan City, I narrated before to Pangasinan Police Director Chan and Dagupan City Police chief Lt. Colonel Cris Abrahano the feats of retired U.S four-star general David Petraues (USMA or West-Point ’74).
Prior to his assuming the directorship of the Central Intelligence Agency, Petraeus was a highly decorated four-star general, serving over 37 years in the United States Army. His last assignments in the Army were as commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and Commander, U.S. Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A). His other four-star assignments include serving as the 10th Commander, U.S. Central Command(USCENTCOM), and as Commanding General,Multi-National Force – Iraq (MNF-I).
“Sabi ni Bob Woodward (on his book “Obama’s War”) that Petraues is a 50 something years old warrior who lives in a body of a 35 year old athlete. Can you imagine whenever colonels wanted to confer with him they have to don their sports attire at 6 in the morning and brace for a five (5) miles or 8.0467 kilometers speed non-stop run as they convey their agenda to the genera?”
I told them that despite his being a post study graduate of Harvard (University) and author of COIN Manual (Counter Insurgency Manual that reduced civilian casualties and expedited the withdrawal of American and coalition troops from Iraq), he was disgraced as the chief of the Central Intelligence Agency.
“Ya, he was disgraced after he ‘screwed’ his bibliographer Paula K Broadwell (a pretty muscled 1995 graduate of West Point) who was a former soldier in an extra-marital expose’ that rocked the CIA,” Chan butted in the vernacular (the Tagalog version of Chan was more musical to the ear).
But look at the now part time college “prof” Petraeus, I just saw him days ago at Huckabee at Fox News walking in the street defenceless as he was verbally abused by college students at City University of New York (CUNY). He was incessantly heckled with the following: “There’s blood all over you, I can smell it”, “Every class, David (it means they are going to protest him every time he reports to his teaching class at CUNY)”.
Geez, this is not how to bully a general who gave the very freedom of speech (including the heckles) of these students when Petraeus annihilated those Muslim radicals in Afghanistan and Iraq that would sow mayhem in America in the future. These activists should know about class when they resort to activism. You can accessed the video and article of this brouhaha at CUNY at http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/sep/13/david-petraeus-heckled-cuny
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Look what I read recently at Forbes Magazine: “” Floyd Mayweather and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, billed as “The One,” generated a record $150 million in pay-per-view (PPV) revenue on 2.2 million buys. It breaks the record of $136 million for Mayweather’s 2007 fight against Oscar De La Hoya, but falls short of the 2.5 buys for that bout. “It shows the health of boxing and that it can deliver at the highest level,” says Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy which promoted both Mayweather “.
According to the magazine, Floyd would be earning $80 million (P3.2 billion Philippine currency) in a slugfest many non-purist boxing fans dubbed as a snooze fest.
Inclusive of the PPV, the 23 year-old Mexican boxing icon Saul “Canelo” Alvarez earned $12 million or P480 million in Philippine peso.
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Barely a week after Mayweather “schooled” with his weaving, bobbling, slipping, sliding, and shoulder rolling Alvarez, son of a gun, the wily “grand father of the hurt business” Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins is amenable to the proposal of some matchmakers that he and Floyd clashed somewhere in 160 pounds.
It means Bernard comes down from his 170 lbs light heavyweight kingdom to 154 lbs of the junior middleweight turf of Floyd to make the fight possible?
“This is crazy man. It would be déjà vu for Oscar dela Hoya who threw significant portions of his weight to rumble with Manny Pacquiao for the love of money. Hopkins, just like what befell Hoya, will become a lethargic zombie and a paper target from Floyd’s punches,” I told “hard core” boxing fans at one of the global boxing websites.
(You can read my selected columns at http://mortzortigoza.blogspot.com and articles at Pangasinan News Aro. You can send comments too at totomortz@yahoo.com)

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