ORTIGOZA: DPWH’s misplaced culvert floods Dagupan
Whoever was responsible in putting an egress or exit of flood water through a culvert under the national highway that runs from Barangay Banaoang, Calasiao to the 17 villages of Dagupan City should be investigated and sued.
These “criminal acts” and patent irresponsibility sabotaged lives and properties in the city.
Dagupan City Mayor Belen T. Fernandez said earlier, when she and staff of the city engineering office made an ocular inspection, that the canals and a huge culvert should not be an egress but instead the water in the neighboring town should be redirected by the government engineers to the river nearby and not under the highway and to the community in the city.
The 3rd Engineering at the Department of Public Works & Highway (DPWH) in Sta. Barbara, Pangasinan, that oversees government projects in the 3rd Congressional District, should explain why these constructions happen.
In case they were responsible for this ‘stupid” planning, somebody there should answer for this kind of incompetence.
When I texted 2nd Engineering chief of the DPWH Engineer Rodolfo “Boy” Dion (whose jurisdictions are the 2nd and 4th Congressional Districts), whether he or 3nd Engineering OIC boss Engineer Marietta Mendoza supervises that culvert he told me it was Mendoza.
So those people in the 17 villages in Dagupan City could now have an idea where to file your complaint for any damages for lives and properties.
Son of a gun, because of these misdirected constructions for almost two weeks classes from elementary to college in Dagupan City have been incessantly suspended despite the absence of downpour.
Naysayers who pronounced that the war on drugs launched by President Rodrigo Duterte is destined to fail, just like in Thailand, had just been rebutted by a battle scared senior non-commissioned police officer whose equivalent rank in the military is master sergeant.
In an interview, he told me that not only peddling of illegal drugs in Urdaneta City, Pangasinan – known as one of the top bailiwicks of narcotics peddlers in my province, dropped, but three of its 34 villages have been declared as narcotics-free.
Urdaneta City Mayor Amadeo “Bobom” G.E. Perez IV excitedly told me that these dope-free villages are Cabaruan, Otama, and Tipuso.
“You go to Superintendent Marcelino Desamito and asked him for more details on these three barangays,” Perez told me and his favorite media man, who drops by at his office weekly, Harold Barcelona.
Instead of Desamito, who was busy talking with some Muslim elders, we faced the police “sergeant major” who said index crime like robbery, theft, and others decreased by 40 percent because of the war on drugs.
“Iyong akyat bahay itong tag-ulan marami. Parang seasonal iyan e ngayon wala na.”
“Wala kaming street crimes. Iyong snatching ng cellphones wala na. Tapos iyong riding-in –tandem na lupa, property ang dahilan ng patayan wala na iyan.”
He suspected that hired guns were those hooked on drugs. But because of the aggressive approach by the government on drugs’ traders, the menace of drugs have been disrupted.
“Saka sa gabi pag patrol ka madali ang magsita kasi makikita mo hindi gaya noon na maraming pang tao sa 9 pm.”
He agreed that the aggressive war launched by Duterte, who already saw countless dead suspected dope peddlers and junkies, have been ubiquitous in all cities and towns in the country.
So who now says the drug war is a failure?
I was telling my radio listeners that the scorched earth approach by the Duterte Administration is the most effective weapon the pushers understand.
“Due process is not applicable in this country. Many drug traders could bribe susceptible policemen, prosecutors, judges and this happened since time immemorial,” I quipped.
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