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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2007 9:06 am 
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Uproar in Naga

Amb. Ernesto Maceda


Twenty-three top leaders of Naga City led by Archbishop Leandro Legaspi; City Mayor Jesse Robredo; Fr. Joel Tabora, S.J., president of Ateneo de Naga University; Dr. Dolores Sison, president of the University of Nueva Caceres; Nicolas Beda Priela, governor for Bicol of the Philippines Chamber of Commerce and Industry; and Engr. Emeterio Aman, president of the Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce and Industry have written President Gloria Arroyo to deplore “the deteriorating peace and order situation in the City of Naga.”

“For more than half a year now, confusion and demoralization have been reigning in the local police force because of inexplicable pressure and unjust orders emanating from both the regional command and the national headquarters of the Philippine National Police (PNP),” they declared.

They asked for the relief of police Supt. Amor Macoy, OIC of the Naga PNP and police Sr. Supt Balligi Agnanayon Tira, OIC of the Regional Command who are reportedly backed up by Representatives Luis Villafuerte and Dato Macapagal Arroyo.

The Naga leaders claimed that, “with P/Sr. Supt. Tira at the helm of the Bicol PNP as OIC Police Regional director, jueteng, the illegal numbers game, resurged with impunity in most of the provinces in Bicol, including the province of Camarines Sur. We hear nary a whimper of protest from the police force against the unabated proliferation of jueteng while their superior officers busied themselves harassing their own men, such as the 16 Naga policemen.”

They detailed their complaint with the following incidents:

*On May 23, 2007, Ms. Paola Cassaigne, a graduate student of the University of British Columbia participating in a trendsetting educational program initiated by the city government of Naga, was victimized by snatchers at the public market. No police officer responded to her call for help.

*On Aug. 8, 2007, at around 7 a.m., Mr. Dante Braga Bravante was murdered in cold blood just a few meters from Saint Joseph School which is located along the city’s busiest thoroughfare, the Panagniban Drive. No police officer was in sight when the ghastly act was committed by a motorcycle-riding assailant.

*On Oct. 8, 2007, Mr. Manuel Prayel Ortiz, who just withdrew a large sum of money from a bank, was held up and fatally shot at about 12 p.m. by unidentified motorcycle-riding men in full view of noontime commuters and passers — on the very busy street of Elias Angeles right smack in the city’s central business district. Again, there was not a single law enforcer in sight when the criminals struck.

*On Oct. 18, 2007, the Metro Naga Senior Citizens drugstore was ransacked by unidentified criminal elements. The brazenness of the act could be gauged from the fact that the drugstore is situated within the PNP-Naga compound! And a few hours later, an unidentified person snatched the wallet of Ms. Jennifer Kerr, an American Rotary Exchange student who was walking along Magsaysay Avenue.

*On Oct. 25, 2007, burglars broke the right side mirror of the service vehicle of Ragay (Camarines Sur) Vice Mayor Domingo Cedo and carted away two bags of valuables. The dastardly act was committed in the well-lighted parking area of the Regent and Aristocrat Hotels and the very moment when Naga City Vice Mayor Gabriel Bordado Jr. was welcoming the other vice mayors of Bicol to their annual general assembly here in the city!

*Only last Monday, the Jollibee branch in Naga City was held up while a Metrobank armored car was picking up the money of the establishment. The robbers shot dead a security guard of Jollibee and seriously wounded one of the security guards of Metrobank armored car. Again there was no policeman in sight.”

The other signatories to the letter to GMA were: Sis. Ma. Asuncion Evidente, D.C., president of Universidad de Sta. Isabel; Dr. Marilissa Ampuan, president of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Naga City Campus; Dr. Benjamin Villanueva, chairman, Board of Trustees of the Naga College Foundation; Fr. J. Nelson Tria, chairman of the Naga City People’s Council; Dr. Francis Dabu, president of the Rotary Club of Naga; Nydia Sol, president of the Naga City Teachers and Employees Association; Jose Perez, editor of Bicol Mail; Mariano Aureus Jr., president of the Camarines Sur Bankers; Amelita Zaens, chairman of the Development Institute of Bicolano Artists; Socorro Felix, president of Lakas ng Kababaihan; P/Supt. Jose Tuason (ret.), president of the Association of Retired Law Enforcers; Amy Garcia-Villafuerte, chairman of the Kapisanan ng mga Broadkaster ng Pilipinas — Camarines Sur; Claudia Soriano, president of the Naga market stallholders Foundation; Ruben Baber, president of Bikol Reporter; Dr. Chona Belmonte, president of Zonta Club of Naga City and Camarines Sur; Dr. Eliseo Lachica, president of the Naga City Senior Citizens Federation; and Gabriel Bordado Jr., city vice mayor and Naga City vice chairman of the Naga City Peace and Order Council, all respected leaders of Naga.

Take note, Gen. Avelino Razon. This is a serious indictment of the incompetence and inaction of the PNP. As the 23 prominent community leaders pointed out “there has been a virtual breakdown of peace and order — a terrifying situation never before seen in years.” And this is true in other parts of the country.

Administration bets. Sen. Migz Zubiri has mentioned Vice President Noli de Castro, Quezon City Mayor Feliciano Belmonte Jr. and Sen. Bong Revilla Jr. as Lakas “presidentiables.” Previously, Sen. **** Gordon announced his availability for the presidency.

Some administration solons are testing the waters for Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro. Anybody else? For the moment, none, unless GMA decides to adopt one from opposition ranks. Or she might go to the business sector and draft Manny Pangilinan as her standard-bearer.

The list of administration presidentiables is thin compared to the opposition.

Someday in the distant future, scientists will score a breakthrough and replicate the amazingly powerful adhesive with which Gloria Arroyo has managed to cling to power.


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