Pangasinan Rep. Pol Bataoil
By Mortz C. Ortigoza
LINGAYEN – A congressman hailed Senior Superintendent Mariano Luis Versoza Jr., provincial police director of Pangasinan, for his selfless dedication to serve the province instead of getting the coveted star rank in an assignment at the police main headquarter in Manila.
Rep. Leopoldo Bataoil (2nd District, Pangasinan) said the people of Pangasinan should commend Versoza’s altruism to forego a glamorous assignment in Manila that could give him a star rank by serving instead his “kabaleyan (town or province mates)” for a better and peaceful Pangasinan.
Meanwhile, Bataoil, said he was not bothered by his decision not to put signages in all his projects.
“Actually hindi iyan proyekto ni Bataoil, projects ng taong bayan iyan. Hind iyan pera ni Bataoil na iginulgol diyan, pera ng taong bayan iyan. That’s why even now ay sinasabi ko sa taong bayan, itong barangay road na ito hindi po ito pera ni Bataoil pera po nating lahat ito,” he explained.
He said he was not a traditional politician who crows to the world his accomplishments like school or road that he helped negotiate for.
The solon said he instructed Engineer Rodolfo Dion, chief of the 2nd Engineering Department of the Department of Public Works & Highways, to see to it that all his projects should not have signage in deference to the Anti-Epal Bill still pending in Congress.
Until now Dion has still the text message of Bataoil saved in his mobile phone that he showed to the media whenever he is interviewed about the projects of Bataoil.
Bataoil exhorts his constituents every time he barnstorms their places to report to him if the private contractor and the engineer the DPWH, Department of Education, or other government body have built a substandard project.
“Tulungan niyo ako na i-monitor. Siguruhin na tama ang pagkagawa kasi pag hindi iyong contractor na iyan, and engineer and iba-blacklist ko!” he warned.
He said he will lead the investigation in case these individuals committed any shenanigans in government projects.