Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Guv asks Board to amend RPT, Abono holds civil case
A mayor of a third class town told me that he and all the members of his municipal council are bracing for a P60 million loan at the Land Bank of the Philippines to rebuild their town hall that looks like a haunted house-dilapidated storage building all combined. But there is a glitch: The vice mayor (who used to be the long reigninghizzoner of the town) would not allow his dads to pass the resolution.
“You’re the mayor now! You can do what you want!” a fellow mayor “shook” the sorry mayor.
The young mayor doesn’t know that the sorry-mayor used to be the errand boy of the seasoned vice mayor when the latter was the mayor of the town which is known to be one of the lousiest in the province.
When the vice mayor was the mayor, he told me before that even his town hall looks like a haunted house “occupied by “antique” looking employees who twiddled their fingers because of inactivity in their antique chairs and tables, his constituents do not pay debts from any yearly amortization that runs for years because of a loan from the bank.
“I could not allow my people to pay any loan for years in the bank!”
But the vice mayor and the zealous members of the council see otherwise.
Are these people bothered how their town looks with a “state-of-the-art town hall no matter that it is built from a bank loan that will take her to pay up to ten years with the principal and the prohibited interest?
Or are they bothered that without the loan, they are deprived of up to half-a-million pocket money as an SOP to each of them for their vote as customarily done with other towns, cities, and provinces in this sorry country?
The decision of Pangasinan Governor Amado T. Espino to ask the Provincial Board to amend the average 300% spikes of the controversial Real Property Tax is commendable.
It is a politically correct thing to do if the governor and the members of the Sangguniang Panglalawigan want to win their re-election bid in 2013 poll.
The land tax issue was so emotional that even former congressman Mark Cojuangco called it as excessive. Not to mention the TV ads that brought bad lights to the occupants of the Capitol.
“The governor said he will also push for another provincial ordinance through the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) to condone all penalties of the taxpayers on their present and previous unpaid real property taxes,” the e-mailed press release said.
One person I found satisfied with the act of governor was Abono chieftain Rosendo So who told me that he put in abeyance his plan to sue the governor and the provincial dads on the new RPT that saw the sorry hoi-polloi cringed at the background.
The word wars between Dagupan City Hall and owners of educational institution, who asked for business tax exemption, lead by Atty. Gonzalo Duque become juicer.
I saw Atty. Gonz recently, at the cable-TV owned by Dagupan City Vice Mayor Belen Fernandez, rabble roused in his fires and brimstones style before the cheering and applauding Belen-friendly members of the city council.
His declamation hit a snag when a grim-looking City Administrator Vlad Mata rushed there and refuted him when Duque called people (school owners) not to pay taxes to the city.
“I am aghast with your statement! That was irresponsible,” Mata hissed something like that.
“I’m not angry, but I’m hungry because it’s already 12 pm aggravated by your irresponsible statements too,” Gonz countered Mata something like that in the August Chamber worsened by a brewing summer heat as its air-conditioning system bogged down — not because of the comedies, stupidities, and tragedies that ensued there in the past but because of mechanical malfunction.
“They are idiots!” This is my take for the supporters of the consolidated House Bill 4244, or the “Responsible Parenthood, Reproductive Health, and Population and Development Bill, opposed heaven and earth by our acrimonious and out-of-sync Catholic Clergy.
These priests are not only stupid but are responsible for the worsening penury of the Filipinos.
Every time I pass in an alley inhabited alongside by shanties of squatters I could only shake my head on the sea of children that hamper the flow of traffic.
“How many children I would be seeing here roaming around five years from now?” I usually asked my self as I prudently maneuvered my car’s steering-wheel.
These mostly malnourished children are from couples who could hardly meet both ends because their pathetic below poverty line income could not feed their offspring’s who averagely numbered up to seven.
But with a law that allows free contraceptives at the clinic in the village hall, population explosion poverty, and peace and order problems would be mitigated.
A city official smarted by telling me that he conditioned himself to watch a bloody Pacquiao-Mosley tiff because I told all and sundry at TV stations GMA-7 and ABS-CBN that the fight of Filipino Superman would be his toughest compared to his gory outing with Eric Morales (1), and competitive tussle with Juan Manual Marquez.
Although I did tell through the boob tubes the public that the younger Manny Pacquiao will win, the tussle was an outright flop.
My fight with my sister when we were tots were more violent.
I told the official that his frustration was synonymous with those spectators who bought tickets at MGM. They were guys who paid for their hotel accommodations, and who chalked-up a hair raising airplane trips from places as far as the Philippines.
Everybody thought before that the pugilistic encounter would see bloods splattering everywhere from the two warriors, thus bleachers at MGM overflowed that tickets have been sold-out weeks before the fight.
I saw the tiff in two different ways:
First, Manny’s left was too powerful for Shane to absorb, thus Shane’s became a one-left arm pug as he stuck his right glove all night long to his right chin to repel any nuclear-backlash from Pacquiao’s left hook or straight.
Second, has somebody written at some news sites about a word “fixed” or “swindled”?
If Antonio Margarito’s face particularly absorbed all the things including the bleachers and the ring posts Manny thrown to him before, why could Shane not absorb all the punches of Manny when he could absorb all the punches of Margarito and hard hitting Miguel Cotto when he(Cotto) was undefeated during their encounters?
Holly Molly, even those syndicates selling pirated DVDs worth P40.00 (0.83 U.S cents) at the sidewalks of Dagupan City would not bite selling this fight to the public.
“Masyadong buuuring ang laban ni Pakyaw, mukhang nabayaran si Muuusley na tumakbo buong gaaabe (That fight was a bore. It seems Mosley has been paid to run all night),” emphatically told to me by my Tagalog halting speaking Muslim-vendor pal.
Was there a backdoor negotiation that Mosley was asked to run while Manny chases him for a knock-out?
Is boxing the Red District of sports? Maan, we could only speculate.
Anyway, the Pinoy Superman, Batman, Captain Barbell, Bruce Lee, Justin Bieber all combined won by more than $20 million inclusive of Pay-Per –View.
And, yes, my dear Shane “Shame” Mosley wins too, by $6 million inclusive of the PPV.
Former world champions Kelly Pavlic and Jorge Arce , who were part of the under cards, could only cry their hearts-out. They were paid a minuscule $ 120 thousand, $250 thousand, respectively, while Bob father Arum earns more than what Manny had.
The losers, son of a gun, were those people I mentioned who went to Vegas, and those who paid an arm for the $55 PPV for a fight dubbed as one of the “greatest swindle (?)” in modern boxing history.
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