Snail mail causes spat between Army and Binmaley LGU

July 5, 2015 at 4:20 pm Leave a comment


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

BINMALEY – Because of the late arrival of the mail from the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO), the problem between the Army and the local government turned ugly.
Mayor Simplicio Rosario blamed the late arrival of the letter from Leduina Co, the provincial environment and natural resources officer of Pangasinan, warning him of penalties under Republic Acts 7160 (Local Government Code) and 9003 (Solid Waste and Ecological Management Act) if he would not close the dumpsite in Barangay San Isidro Norte.

FRICTION WITH THE ARMY. Binmaley Mayor Simplicio Rosario, flanked by two of his village chiefs, told media men how the snail paced letter-order from the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office, telling him to cease and desist from dumping the town’s garbage at the military reservation in Barangay San Isidro, caused the seizing of the dump truck by Army’s 78th Infantry Battalion. He said Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Edgardo Batinga refused to pay him a courtesy call as customarily practiced by his predecessors. Moreover, Councillor Dindo Merrera warned that the second failure of Batinga to attend the next session of the Sangguniang Bayan will prompt him and his colleagues to file an administrative case against him at the Ombudsman and their citing of him as Persona Non Grata. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA

FRICTION WITH THE ARMY. Binmaley Mayor Simplicio Rosario,
flanked by two of his village chiefs, told media men how the snail paced letter-order from the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office, telling him to cease and desist from dumping the town’s garbage at the military reservation in Barangay San Isidro, caused the seizing of the dump truck by Army’s 78th Infantry Battalion. He said Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Edgardo Batinga refused to pay him a courtesy call as customarily practiced by his predecessors. Moreover, Councillor Dindo Merrera warned that the second failure of Batinga to attend the next session of the Sangguniang Bayan will prompt him and his colleagues to file an administrative case against him at the Ombudsman and their
citing of him as Persona Non Grata. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA

The late receipt of the letter caused the seizing of this town’s dump truck by the personnel of the Army’s 78th Infantry Battalion when it was attempting to unload the garbage it carried at the village here.
“I received on June 19 the letter of PENRO that was dated May 20, the letter was in relation to the Army’s complaint aired at the KBP (Kapisanan ng Broadcaster ng Pilipinas) forum,” he said.

The Army, through Capt. Ljubomir Bangoc, civil military operations officer of the Army’s 70th Infantry Cadre Battalion based in Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija province, said this town threw its garbage collection at the Andres Malong Army Reservation in Barangay San Isidro Norte that undermines the beautiful beach here.
Bangoc said the mountains of garbage in the area had prevented the Army from conducting its training programs.
Rosario blamed the PENRO in using the post office for sending the letter. He said that since the letter content was critical it should have hand carried it to his office.
“If we received the letter on May 29, our truck would not be impounded since we would comply with the order,” he said.
According to the dump truck driver, he was flagged down by the Army personnel at 4 Am last June 16 and took custody of his truck. He said they warned him not to throw garbage anymore.
What took the goat of Rosario was the Army asked his men to show a clearance from the Department of Environment & National Resources before they release the truck.
“Pero iyong i-impound mo at kukunin mo iyong dump truck na wala kaming pang hakot, naha-hamper ang serbisyo namin,” he said.
Captain Bangoc however denied that the Army would not release the dump truck.
He said the driver can get it from the reservation area anytime of the day.
Rosario said the furor brought by the dumping of the garbage at Barangay San Isidro Norte would not happen if he did not lose on the 2010 election.
He said he started developing the area by cementing the road going there in preparation for a Material Recovery Facility (MRF) for this town’s garbage.
Since he lost his last term election in 2010 to former Mayor Lorenzo Cerezo his MRF program did not push through.
He said he would comply with the letter of Co by crafting a memorandum of agreement with Urdaneta City for this town’s to throw its garbage at the sanitary landfill there.
“I will comply with the solid waste management. Kung iyan plano nila we will comply,” he said.
He asked the people here to segregate their waste before the trucks can collect them.
Urdaneta City is a more than an hour ride from here.
He said this town coffer has enough funds to pay for the garbage tipping fee billed by the local government there.
Even Rosario acquiesced to the letter-order of the PENRO’s head, it did not bode well for him the demeanours shown by the 78th Infantry Battalion camp commander Lt. Col. Edgardo Batinga.
He said the commander did not pay him the customary courtesy call when he took earlier the command and the Army illegally built structure and planted coconut trees at the salvage area not owned by the camp.
The mayor complained too on the militarization of the beach area that is not included in the 19.1 hectares reservation areas.
“Beach goers and shed owners are apprehensive of armed soldiers prohibiting them from passing through the salvage areas,” he said.
Rosario said he talked with his lawyers for the legal action this town will file against the seizing of the truck and the Army’s encroachment at the salvage area.
Meanwhile, in the last session by the Sangguniang Bayan (SB) to clarify the problem brought by these brouhahas, Lt. Col. Batinga did not attend but instead sent Capt. Bangoc.
This did not sit well with the members of the August Chamber.
Bangoc failed to show a written authority from Batinga to attend in his stead when the members of the SB asked him.
The lawmakers told him they did not recognize his presence because of the absence of a written authority from his commander.
Councillor Dindo Merrera warned that failure of Colonel Batenga not to appear for the second time next week in the chamber would force the SB to sue him administratively at the Ombudsman and will declare him persona non grata.

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