Gov Sally reacts
Gov Sally of the Binirayan province quickly reacted upon reading the news in this paper last Monday regarding the Ombudsman cases filed against her and the officials of Antique Development Foundation (ADF) by Board Member Tobias Javier. The case involves the alleged misuse of the P5 million fund entrusted to ADF which is part of the controversial P728 million fertilizer scam hurled against former Agriculture Sec. Joc-joc Bolante Gov. Perez clarified that she was no longer chair of the ADF when the alleged fund was released in 2004. She also said that the case filed against her was politically motivated as it was filed by the nephew of her political opponent Rep. Exequiel Javier. Be that as it may, TNT would like to assure the governor that we only carried the news based on the document we obtained from the Office of the Ombudsman. She was also afforded her so-called right of reply in the succeeding news follow-up made by TNT correspondent Nestor Burgos Jr. As always pointed out, public officials should not be onion-skinned to issues. As long as they know deep in their heart that they have done no wrong, the truth will set them free.
Abusive traffic aide
Thursday night last week a truck driver of Makinaugalingon Press was apprehended by a traffic auxiliary, a certain Bornales, after his truck stopped in the middle of the road just before the Locsin-Avanceña intersection in Molo district. Bornales cited the truck's driver for “Obstruction” despite knowing that the truck stopped due to a mechanical trouble. Apparently, Bornales does not know his job as traffic auxiliary. Instead of helping direct the flow of traffic while awaiting the vehicle that would tow the truck, Bornales showed his arrogance and abusiveness by finding a violation against the driver and confiscating his license. Bal-an nya na gid nga na-aberya ang truck, obstruction bala ina? Kon maayo ulo nya kuntani gintulod niya ang truck, tan-awun ta kon masarangan niya. Traffic aide ka pa lang gani abusador ka na. Ano pa gid ayhan kon mataas posisyon sang tonto nga 'ni. Arrogant and abusive traffic aides like this Bornales does not deserve to stay a minute longer in his post. Sir Bob Foerster should kick him out immediately, he only adds to the already negative image of our traffic aides!