SO IT SEEMS
Torn bet-ween two lovers. Or, to use another analogy, locked bet-ween the devil and the deep blue sea.
The si-tuation of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte can be likened to either of the two classical scenarios as his two political allies—House Speaker Pantaleon Al-varez and Rep. Antonio Floirendo Jr. of the second district of Davao del Norte are locked in bitter feud.
So as not to lose the support of his political allies, Duterte is keeping his hands off the war that has erupted between his two staunch allies.
A Malacañang official said Duterte has not called Alvarez and Floirendo to a meeting, saying the President would rather have the two erstwhile friends settle their dispute between themselves.
The feud between Bebot Alvarez and TonyBoy Floirendo has degenerated into name-calling. The Speaker has called his erstwhile friend “a greedy thief.” In a radio interview, Alvarez who represents the first district of Davao del Norte claimed that Floirendo’s family had “made tons of money” from their company’s lease of more than 5,000 hectares of the Davao Prison and Penal Farms (formerly known as Davao Penal Colony [DAPECOL]) which they transformed into a profitable banana plan-tation during the Marcos regime.
The two former friends have another thing in common: both are womanizers, each keeping several women outside of their respective legal wives.
As a matter of fact, the feud between Bebot Alvarez and TonyBoy Floirendo began with the quarrel of their paramours.
Both the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) and party-list group Gabriela have slammed Alvarez for “flaunting his extra-marital affairs.
TonyBoy, on the other hand, has long been estranged with his wife, 1973 Miss Universe Margie Moran for having several paramours. The couple live in the same house but sleep in separate rooms.
Not too long ago, we were reliably informed that whenever TonyBoy would come home from his congressional office in Metro Manila, Margie would fly to Manila.
The House of Repre-sentatives is still studying the proposal of President Duterte to declare all barangay positions (barangay captains and kagawads) vacant so he could appoint their replacements, but the Commission on Elections has started bidding out processes for the needed supplies for the October 23 barangay polls.
Appointing barangay officials is not only wrong, but irregular. They were elected by the people, so their successors should likewise be chosen by their constituents. Under Du-terte’s proposal, barangay will be deprived of their constitutional right to choose officials who will govern them.
Digong’s reason in appointing barangay officials is that 40 percent of barangay captains are into the drug trade, either as drug users or dealers of marijuana or shabu. If that is so, the proper thing to do is charge them criminally.
Dismissing barangay officials without due process of law smacks of martial law. In the early going of the Martial Law regime of the late Pre-sident Ferdinand Marcos, government officials and employees suspected of robbing government coffers were “purged” without due process.
In its Invitation to Bid, the Comelec Bids and Awards committee said P164 billion has been allocated for the purchase of supplies for the co-ming manual election. The Comelec had been set to hold a pre-bid con-ference last Monday, Ap-ril 3. There are 42,000 barangays nationwide.
So, the real intention of Rep. Gary Alejano of party-list group Magdalo in filing an impeachment complaint against Pre-sident Duterte for encouraging summary killings in the war on drugs and for allowing China incursion on the West Philippine Sea is to boost his Senate ambition. Alejano will be fielded by Magdalo to replace Senator Antonio Trillanes IV who is on his last term in the Senate.
Palace spokesman Ernesto Abella declined to dignify Alejano’s latest claim and Trillanes’ challenge to the President to file a libel case against him on his allegation that the Chief Executive had stashed away in banks accounts P2 billion and never declared it in his statement of assets and liabilities.
Sometime this week, the Philippine Atmospheric and Geographical Services Administration will officially declare the start of the summer season. In truth, there is no summer in the Philippines as our country is located in the tropics. We have only dry and wet season. The four seasons—spring, summer, autumn and winter are true only in the western hemisphere, especially in North America and Europe as well as in north Asia like Japan, Korea and northern China. Spring starts on March 21 and ends on June 20, summer from June 21 to September 20, autumn from Sep-tember 21 to Decembers 20 and winter December 21-March 20.
So, it is wrong to refer the dry season in the Philippines as summer. But it has become part and parcel of vocabulary of Filipino.