Mr. President, I rise on a
point of privilege.
Since July 4, 2013 when we
started to convene this August Body, we had been under siege from all
sides by malicious, baseless and unreasonable loose talks calculated
to destroy the good name of this August Body and the good names of
Mr. President, in 1988,
while vice-governor of this province, after having verified that the
provincial government suffered damage due to over-pricing of 100
reams of onion skin paper which was ordinarily priced at P55.00 per
ream was purchased by the province at P550.0 thereby causing undue
injury to the government in the total amount of forty-nine thousand
five hundred pesos (P49,500.00). This representation, without going
to the radio stations, TV stations and the newspapers to demolish
the names of the respondents, forthwith prepared the complaint and
the affidavits of the witnesses for filing with the ombudsman. Mr.
President, there was probably factual basis behind the complaint as
in fact the respondents were suspended for six (6) months each.
Upon the other hand, Mr.
President, in the present tense, the air is saturated with loose
talks which, if translated to the dialect means “tsismis”, to the
effect that I and the four other members of the Liberal Party who
won in the last elections have already joined the party of the
With due respect, Mr.
President, I cannot speak for the others, but as for me – that is a
big lie. I have a high respect for the honorable governor, but I
have not joined her party, and neither do I have any intention of
joining her party in the immediate future.
Mr. President, since 1969
when I first entered politics as a ward leader, I had sticked
through thick and thin with the Aquinos, starting from the late
Ninoy down to the late President Cory, up to the present Aquino who
is the incumbent president. Sa loob ng 45 anyos, ako’y nanatiling
supporter ng mga Aquino at ng kanilang mga lideres dito sa Samar,
hindi ako tulad ng mga iba diyan na matapos kumandidato sa ibang
partido ng dalawang beses na laging talonan, biglang bumaligtad at
sumapi sa Liberal Party. No Mr. President, I am not a political
butterfly, and will never be one.
Itong mga kasinungalingang
ito na ako daw ay sumapi na sa partido ni governor Tan ay hindo po
tutoo. Sa kabila niyan, laganap sa radio, TV, at Facebook ang balita
na ako daw po ay tumawid na sa partido ni governor Tan. Yan po ay
Also, the air waves and
multi-media are saturated with the propaganda that we in the August
Body have given governor Tan the blanket authority to enter into all
kinds of contracts and agreements. That is not true Mr. President.
It may be recalled that a proposed resolution was filed with this
body revalidating an existing ordinance passed and approved by the
previous sangguniang panlalawigan granting the governor blanket
authority to enter into all kinds of contracts and agreements with
any entity, organization, or agency whether local or national, or
When it was referred to
the Committee on Laws and Legal Matters chaired by yours truly, said
proposed resolution was sheared of the blanket authority portion and
thus the honorable governor was stripped of that blanket authority
that was granted her by the quondam sangguniang panlalawigan.
The authority that was
approved was the specific authority that was limited only to enter
into contracts over the Gandara-Matuguinao road and the San Jose de
Buan-Lokilokon road because there was danger that the funds for the
project maybe cancelled or be diverted to the other provinces should
there be delay in the grant of the authority sought for. Mr.
President, to grant that blanket authority would be tantamount to a
wholesale abdication of a power that had been jealously preserved
and vested by law solely in the local legislature, for which reason
the sangguniang panlalawigan withheld such blanket authority sought
for in the proposed resolution.
When the Committee decided
not to adopt the proposed grant of blanket authority to the
governor, it was not due to the prodding or advice of anybody. Mr.
President, we don’t need the advice of anybody as we are all
responsible and wise men and women. As for this representation,
being a lawyer, I don’t need the advice of anybody regarding the
law. With respect to moral and ethical disciplines, I do not need
the advice of anybody as nobody has the moral and ethical ascendancy
over my humble being save my conscience and my father confessor.
To my fellow Samareños, I
hereby state in all honesty and candor, that for as long as I am the
chair of the Committee on Laws and Legal Matters, no resolution or
ordinance shall go through the portals of the sangguniang
panlalawigan not unless it passes the norm of transparency and the
paradigm of beneficiality to the Samareños as would advance the best
interest of the province of Samar. That is a personal guaranty . . .
a lifetime commitment.
Thank you, Mr. President.