Is Ombudsman fixated to oust CDO mayor? PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 12 June 2017 14:56

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

 

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves…” (Philippians 2:3, the Holy Bible).

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IS OMBUDSMAN FIXATED TO REMOVE CDO MAYOR? Does Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales have an obsession to oust Cagayan De Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno from being the chief executive of the so-called “golden city of the South”? I ask this question because of the Ombudsman’s latest order dismissing Moreno once more from his position, which is actually the second order of dismissal against him already.

Of course, Morales may justify her actions against Moreno by saying there is evidence that warrants the mayor’s removal from office and that the Ombudsman was simply acting pursuant to law, in relation to charges that he committed graft by renting heavy equipment to pursue road construction projects without bidding.

But, considering Morales’ track record in refusing to investigate many lawmakers in connection with the so-called P10 billion pork barrel scam where she sent to jail three opposition legislators but left out allies of then President Aquino, it would seem she has a special fixation to remove Moreno. Is there anyone out there reading this column now who could tell me why?

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BPI GLITCH TO CAUSE COLLAPSE OF COMPUTER BANKING IN RP? The Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) computer glitch which has discomforted many of its depositors nationwide is truly a scary prognosis of the future of computer banking in the country. I mean, if this happened to a smaller bank, it would have been understandable and could be simply passed off as, well, just a computer glitch.

But that this happened, and is still happening now on a countrywide scale, to BPI, tells us that the problem it is experiencing with its computers is not just a simple glitch, but a computer problem of gargantuan and epic proportions that has just compromised the entirety of computerized banking in the country, and may yet cause its collapse.

The question is, what is the guarantee that a problem of this nature will not happen again in the future, not only with BPI, but with the other equally prominent and heavyweight banks in the Philippines as well? If I were a bank depositor who has been transacting on my deposits via the computer or the Internet, I will now think of withdrawing my deposits to either safekeep or invest them somewhere else.

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ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF FILIPINO GOING BAD? Broadcasters Anthony Taberna and Gerry Baja on Friday, June 09, 2017, may have given yet another example of character degeneration among Filipinos with their report that a high official of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) went on an angry rampage simply because another driver overtook him in filling up gasoline in a station inside SBMA.

Taberna and Baja reported that the driver already filed a criminal complaint against the SBMA official with the Olongapo City police. The complaint contained a narration about what the official allegedly did: berating the driver and repeatedly asking if the driver did not know who he, the official, was, and hurling invectives against the driver, only because that driver insisted filling up first.

Indeed, how could somebody occupying a high and lofty position, in a government agency as sensitive as the SBMA, stoop so low as to personally confront a lowly driver only on account of who gets to gas up first? What was the official thinking in the first place—that because he was high up at the SBMA, he is already entitled to deference from everyone? Isn’t this love of self of the highest order, as the Bible said?

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