While the nation is engrossed in compelling issues of the day, such as the horrible fate that befell the 44 valiant policemen in the Mamasapano Massacre, some unscrupulous people continue to make a “killing” off government contracts.
For example, a report reaching my office has divulged that a certain “Army Carreon” who is linked to a governor has allegedly cornered juicy contracts at the Department of Education (DepEd).
The latest of such sweet deal is a P50 million contract with the DepEd Makati City division office.
Carreon allegedly serves as a “middle man” in connivance with a contractor relative who owns PLL publishing house and Felta Multi Media Inc. with offices in Quezon City where the DepEd Makati job orders end up.
We are trying to get in touch with Mr. Dominico C. Idanan, Officer-in-Charge, of the Makati City school division to shed light on this allegation involving “Army Carreon.”
We would also call on DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro to check the veracity of this report on alias “Army Carreon.”
BOC’s stupidity at NAIA terminal 3
Hell literally broke loose the other day at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminal 2 at the arrival area because of the stupidity of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) officials who had their examiners use only one x-ray machines to check the travelers’ baggage.
In the process, they actually used only one of five carousels or conveyors for the passengers’ baggage.
So, it was just like the horrible chaos during the holidays was repeated, when passengers of the three flights of the Philippine Airlines ended up crowding the arrival area waiting to retrieve their belongings.
While the Bureau of Immigration (BI) has painstakingly taken measures to lessen overcrowding and queuing at the immigration counters, their counterpart at the BOC has taken literally stupid steps to aggravate the travelers.
Perhaps, Customs Commissioner John Sevilla can use a little creativity and resourcefulness in securing additional x-ray machines to be set up with the five conveyors at NAIA terminal 3.
Travelers, including first-time visitors, were definitely disgusted to experience what has become known as the world’s worst international airport.
Who u foolin’ this time?
“You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.” –Abraham Lincoln
Allow me to translate the familiar passage in the vernacular:
“Matagal mo nang naloloko ang marami nating kababayan, Noy. Ang ilan ay lagi nang nagpapauto sa’yo… Pero hindi mo maloloko ang lahat ng tao sa lahat ng oras, Noy!”
Noynoy Aquino first declared, “No more wang-wang!”
It’s supposed to mean, “Wala nang palakasan.”
Apparently that didn’t apply to suspended policeman turned-bounty hunter Alan Purisima.
And, then Noynoy said, “No more bang-bang!”
Apparently, that didn’t apply to the MILF.
Crime victims cry for police help
We continue to receive numerous complaints that crimes are rampant–such as robbery, holdup and snatching, theft and illegal drugs trafficking that continue unabated– at Taft Avenue and Pedro Gil Street area near Philippine General Hospital; Pedro Gil and Leon Guinto Streets; Zobel Roxas Street and Onyx Street, San Andres Bukid, Manila; and Zobel Roxas Street, Sunrise and Caton Streets, La Paz, Makati City.
Residents of San Diego Compound at 1888 Zobel Roxas Street said they have sought the help of both Makati and Manila policemen but they were given a “runaround.” “Nagtuturuan lang po ang mga pulis at mga barangay officials,” said Madel Amay, a victim of home invasion and robbery.
Also in Manila, rampant robbery incidents have been reported along Fugoso Street near Central Market, Sulo and Oroquieta Streets in Sta. Cruz, Manila.