SIX MONTHS after – still UNREPENTANT and UNPUNISHED
Marami ang bilib kay Pangulong Duterte sapagkat napapatino niya ang mga kawani ng pamahalaan. Lingid sa kaniyang kaalaman, isang Presidential Appointee na mismong si Pangulong Duterte ang nagtalaga sa Department of Agrarian Reform, ay nagpamalas ng hindi kanaisnais na pagkilos para sa isang government official. Ilang buwan na ang nakakalipas at hindi pa rin napaparusahan ang Director ng DAR Press and Media Relations Office na tila malakas ang kapit sa nasabing departamento ng pamahalaan.
Kung filing clerk o office secretary siguro ang nakagawa ng pagwawala, paninigaw, pagmumura, panununtok at pagsira ng pagaari ng gobyerno ay mabilis na siguro nabigyan ng katarungan at nalapatan ng kaukulang kaparusahan. Pero dahil Presidential Appointee nga ay TAKOT ang mismong departamento niyang pitikin man lang ang nakagawa ng kahihiyan. Tanging Pangulo lang daw ang makakatanggal sa kaniya sa pwesto NGUNIT hindi naman nagpapadala ng incident report at recommendation for disciplinary action ang DAR sa Malacanang. Sa madaling salita, delaying tactics ang paraan na ginagamit ng DAR at umaasa sila na sa tagal ng panahon ay magkakalimutan na lang.
Diba pinagyayabang ni Tatay Digong na sa Davao mabilis ang aksyon sa mga reklamo. Tatlong araw lang daw ang dapat para sa mga pangkaraniwang suliranin. Eh bakit sa DAR, anim na buwan na hindi pa kumikilos para mabigyan na ng kaparusahan ang nagkasala. Exempted ba ang DAR sa mga utos ng Presidente? Diba ang DAR ay nasa ilalim ng Executive Department na pinamumunuan ng Pangulo?
Mataas ang popularity rating ng ating Pangulo ngunit ang isang ALTER EGO niya ay nagkakalat ng lagim sa pamamaraan ng maling pagkilos na naghahasik ng takot sa mga nasa ilalim niya sa opisina ng DAR. Kung hahayang makalusot ang nagkasala, anong klaseng halimbawa ang pinapakita natin sa buong Departamento, na okay lang ang mambastos at hindi magpakita ng paggalang sa kapwa tao? Ginoong Pangula manawari ay makarating sa inyo itong pangyayaring ito na pilit itinatago at nililihim sa inyo. Gaya ng nga sabi sa DAR, kayo lang po ang may kapangyarihang iatras ang napirmahan ninyong appointment sa tiwaling Director na ito. Dapat FIRED on the SPOT, SUMMARY DISMISSAL from government service and PERPETUAL DISQUALIFICATION to hold public office.
Mr. President – Please look into the ABUSIVE BEHAVIOR, GRAVE COERCION and DESTRUCTION of GOVERNMENT PROPERTY of your Presidential Appointee at the Department of Agrarian Reform main office with the name of Cleon Lester Chavez, Director of the DAR Press and Media Relations Office. Last February 11, 2019, said political appointee lost his temper, shouted at the top of his voice, mouthed bad words, punched a number of times the person he was berating (the person moved back and avoided being hit). The Director then punched the wall leading to his office which produced a hole. The Office of the Secretary of DAR has not released any judgement in this case six months after the dastardly act. The Director has remained unrepentant and unpunished up to this time. Thank you.
MANILA, Philippines — Former Environment Secretary Gina Lopez has succumbed to brain cancer at the age of 65.
In a statement, ABS-CBN described her as “the pillar of strength that pushed [ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.] to achieve what seemed to be impossible.”
“Her caring heart and selfless kind of love inspired people within and beyond the organization to help and serve others,” it also said.
Lopez was a long-time chairperson of AFI.
ABS-CBN Corp. chairman Mark Lopez, Gina’s cousin, is quoted in an ABS-CBN report confirming her death as saying “we lost not only a family member but a person we deeply admire and respect.”
Environmentalist in private and public sector
Lopez, an environmentalist, served as secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources from June 2016 to May 2017.
During her term at the DENR, Lopez ordered the closure of at least 23 mining firms due to alleged environmental violations.
Lopez attended Assumption College and Newton College of the Sacred Heart in Boston. She obtained her master’s degree in development management at the Asian Institute of Management.
She led the corporate social responsibility programs of ABS-CBN Foundation, where she became the managing director.
In 1997, she founded Bantay Bata 163, a local emergency go-to which aims to rescue children from physical and sexual abuse. She also established another flagship program of the foundation, Bantay Kalikasan, which has launched many environmental projects.
The former DENR chief was also chair of the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission.
She had been an outspoken champion of social and environmental causes in the Philippines, which include the rehabilitation of the Pasig River and nearby urban streams. Her efforts resulted to the cleanup of at least 17 tributaries in the Pasig river system.
Lopez also spearheaded a campaign to save La Mesa watershed, a once-neglected area containing the last remaining rainforest of its size in Metro Manila, which provides potable water to its 12 million residents. Later renamed La Mesa Ecopark in 2004, the area is now a tree-lined park where urban dwellers can hike, fish and ride mountain bikes or horses.
After her stint at the government, Lopez proceeded to host an environmental show titled “G Diaries” on ABS-CBN, which featured destinations throughout the country in a bid to support ecotourism.
Lopez is the daughter of ABS-CBN Chairman Emeritus Eugenio Lopez Jr. and Conchita La’o. — Patricia Lourdes Viray