A callous president

FOR acquiring an expensive Porsche car at this time that people are bracing for a number of increases in power, transportation, etc., sans clear pay hikes for government as well as private workers, PNoy is just showing his true color, never mind if he’s hurting the feeling of the masses for his being too insensitive and callous.

Naturally, no one will question especially so when he insists the money he used came from his private funds as claimed by his henchmen but the problem here is the timing of the acquisition which to many is resenting and revolting since most of us are suffering from economic hardships while the President is enjoying a luxury of life.

On one hand, he’s born in a proverbial silver spoon in his mouth that’s why he can afford to get what he wishes but the dilemma behind it is that he’s the highest official of the land who must lead an example for his people to emulate and not to defy it.

Just last month, PNoy directed all public officials concerned to be more prudent in spending government funds hence they’re prohibited from acquiring and using luxury vehicles for their operations. It may not have something to do with his penchant for pricey second-hand white Porsche car but he couldn’t escape harsh criticisms right and left as his actions could not of course be easily regarded as private things as they have always been reflective of his being the President, a public figure that’s always and supposedly accountable to his people.

Pompous Navotas Celebration

The Navotas City government led by Mayor John Rey Tiangco celebrates its 105th Founding Anniversary with a big bang as residents were wowed by various activities which were highlighted by the Grand Parade that’s made even more exciting with the presence of showbiz personalities.

The pompous celebration, also known as Pangisdaan Festival which is under this year’s theme “Navotas, Itaas ang antas ng buhay Navoteño,” was one way of returning to the city folk the blessings the city has been getting all these years, owing to the full support and cooperation the local government gets from them, according to the mayor.

Navotas used to be part of Malabon until it was declared separate town in 1906. Today Navotas is one of the 16 cities comprising the National Capital Region and has 14 barangays with a population of 265,000.

It won the PDEA’s (Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency) Outstanding LGU Citation in the Fight Against Illegal Drugs for 2010, the Cleanest and Greenest Municipality Award in NCR in 2001, 2003, 2004, Best Peace and Order Council for the three straight years (2003, 2004, 2005), Best Municipal Jail 2001, 2002, Best Municipal Police Station 2001, 2002, Best Anti-Drug Abuse Council in 2003, Outstanding LGU for Literacy Program in 2002 and Highest Apprehension in CAMANAVA for drug-related cases.

RJ Echiverri Gets Fresh Mandate

For the second time, Caloocan City Councilor Ricojudge “RJ” Echiverri gets a fresh mandate as head of the Liga ng mga Barangay sa Pilipinas following an election held last Friday in which he was overwhelmingly chosen by federation heads all over the country.

PNoy immediately congratulated him and had him sworn in along with other Liga officials led by Senator Bong Revilla’s son, Ramon Jolo Revilla III who was elected executive vice president.

Equally-elated was RJ’s father, Caloocan Mayor Enrico “Recom” Echiverri, who’s League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) chairman who witnessed the oath-taking ceremonies held at the SMX Convention Center at Mall of Asia in Pasay City with Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo in attendance.

The younger Echiverri, who dominates the race for the position by garnering 108 votes, compared to his rival who only managed to get a measly four votes, has vowed to continue with the programs and projects he has initiated for the welfare of the over 42, 000 barangays all over the country.

He has also promised to work harder to prod the national government in giving to the barangay officials their due rights and privileges as stated in the existing laws or particularly in the Local Government Code (LGC).

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