• Free gas led to children’s death in Makati fire?

    Erwin Tulfo

    Erwin Tulfo

    The Bureau of Fire Protection leadership should look into reports that the deaths of two children in the fire that hit Barangay Cembo in Makati at dawn on Sunday would have been avoided if the fire trucks arrived on time.

    Residents complained that instead of going to the burning homes right away, the fire trucks lined up several blocks away to get free gas given by the DILG.

    The same complaint said that the trucks that arrived early did not have water or ran out of water in just a few minutes.

    “So instead of putting out the fire, the firemen in the area were busy filling their trucks with water coming from the estero nearby,” one resident said.

    The fire that lasted for over an hour claimed the lives of two children, aged 4 and 6, and leveled more than 500 homes.

    If this report of inefficiency is true, these firefighters should not be allowed to remain in office a day more.

    In an interview over Radyo 5 on Monday morning, the Makati Fire Marshal denied the allegations of incompetence.

    Aw, c’mon…why are there complaints, chief?

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    Same old ways
    Reports of gross violation of the election code by candidates were so massive that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) was helpless last Monday.

    Vote buying, the use of flying voters, and distribution of campaign materials outside the polling precincts were the orders of the day throughout the archipelago on election day.

    This just shows that most of the candidates cheated. And for those who won using oodles of cash to buy votes, chances are they will steal the coffers of the barangay.

    These same officials definitely will not serve the interests of their constituents. They will look at their own personal gains first.

    It’s back to the old ways folks!

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    1. it is time for an urban renewal in metro manila – this will do several good things like demolish all unsanitary and unsafe not mention dwellings which will in turn result in decreased criminality which will alos in turn result in better traffic management – start burning down all illegal dwellings!