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  • Vol. 4 No. 75 8 pages www.commuterexpress.phTHURSday, September 16, 2010

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  • Thursday, September 16, 20102

    Chairman, Editorial Board ARKHON A. ANTOLIN Executive Editor JONATHAN p. VIceNTe News Editor LeA G. BOTONeS Overall Creative Director STepHeN SALVATORe Chief of Photographers ReVOLI S. cORTez Chief Layout Ar tist HecTOR L. LOzANO

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    P.Noy susugpuin ang juetengDAPAT lang na managot ang mga

    matataas na opisyal ng gobyerno na iniuugnay ni dating Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz sa jueteng. Nakakahiya naman kasi dahil sa halip na ang mga ito ang magdala ng pagba-bagong ipinagmamalaki ng administra-syon ni Pangulong Benigno Noynoy Aquino III ay ang mga ito pa ang naghahasik ng lagim at nagbibigay ng proteksyon sa sugal. Dahil ba sa tina-tanggap nilang P2 milyon bawat buwan mula sa mga operator ng jueteng?

    Kaya naman, ipinag-utos ni P.Noy ang pagsasagawa ng malalimang imbestigasyon upang matukoy kung sino-sino itong mga opisyal sa kaniyang Gabinete na nakikinabang sa jueteng dahilan upang mabatikos na naman ang pamumunuan niya.

    Tiniyak ni P.Noy na sakaling makilala at mapatunayang sangkot sa pagkunsinte sa jueteng ang kanyang mga opisyal na iniupo upang magserbisyo sa mama-mayan at maging mabuting halimbawa ng taumbayan, bibigyang leksyon ito ng Pangulo upang hindi na pamarisan pa ng mga susunod na henerasyon ng public servants.

    Tama lang ang ginagawang pag-bibigay ng pansin ni Pangulong Aquino sa mga ganitong klaseng maling gawain dahil alam naman nating lahat na pana-hon pa ng mga ninuno natin ay problema na sa bansa ang jueteng.

    Paggamit ng plastic bag ipagbabawal

    Kamakailan, isang ordinansa ang inihain ng inyong lingkod sa Sang-guniang Panglungsod ng Valenzuela na naglalayong ipagbawal ang paggamit ng mga plastic bag bilang sisidlan sa mga pamilihan, karenderia, sari-sari store at iba pang mga katulad na establisimiento sa buong lungsod.

    Sakaling maaprubahan ng mga mi-yemrbo ng Sangguniang Panglungsod ang panukalang ordinance bilang 2010-006, ipagbabawal na ang paggamit ng plastic bags at iba pang non-biodegradable na sisidlan sa ibat-ibang pamilihan.

    Nakasaad pa sa naturang ordinansa, isa ang plastic bag na karaniwang itina-tapon na lang sa mga hindi natutunaw na bagay na nagiging dahilan ng pagbabara sa mga estero, kanal at iba pang daluyan ng tubig na nagiging daan sa pagkakaroon ng baha kapag bumuhos ang napakalakas na ulan.

    Bukod dito, ang plastic bags din ang isa sa mga dahilan kung bakit labis na dumudumi ang ating mga kagubatan at

    karagatan na dahilan nang lalo pang paglala ng ating problema sa global warming.

    Dahil sa mga masasamang epekto ng plastic bags, naisipan ng inyong lingkod na isulong ang ordinansang pinamagatang Paper Bag Ordinance na naglalayong ipagbawal ang paggamit ng plastic bag sa mga pamilihan, karin-deria, sari-sari store at iba pang katulad ng negosyo sa buong lungsod.

    Ang sinumang negosyante na ma-huhuling lumalabag sa kautusang ito ay maaaring patawan ng kaparusahang: 1st offense written notice at warning, 2nd offense multa na aabot hanggang P5,000; 3rd offense multang P5,000 at temporary suspension ng business permit ng labing limang araw (15 days); 4th offense multang P5,000 at pansa-mantalang suspensiyon ng business permit ng tatlumpung araw (30 days) at 5th offense tuluyang pagtanggal ng business permit at operasyon ng negosyo.

    Maaatasan ding magpatupad sa ordi-nansang ito ang office of the city mayor sa pamamagitan ng business permit and licensing office (BPLO).

    Umaasa tayo na susuportahan ng mga miyembro ng Sangguniang Panglungsod ang ordinansang ito.

    * * *Sa mga kabarangay kong gustong

    makilahok sa pitak na ito, maari kay-ong mag-email sa barangayani_isko@yahoo.com.

    A huge gambleIT ended a presi-

    dency. And it seems to have no end.

    Since the downfall of Joseph Estrada, operations of the il-legal numbers game, jueteng, became even more blatant. Erap was attempting to replace jueteng with his ill-conceived Bingo 2-ball when jueteng operators connived and stopped him on his track. This is lesson number one for incumbent President Benigno Simeon Aquino III.

    The tentacles of this multibillion peso industry are gripped tightly on every government agency tasked to lick it. Jueteng payolas flow in millions monthly from the hands of lowly bettors to the pockets of unscrupulous officials.

    Retired Archbishop Oscar Cruz was right when he said that while government plays blind on the existence of jueteng, people in public markets, carinderia (eateries), barber shops and even on church grounds and government offices, know very well that numbers game is alive and kicking. Bet col-lectors or cubradors have never been so bold.

    In many provinces, jueteng operates behind the cover of Small Town Lottery (STL) which is sanctioned by govern-ment. Bet collectors pretend they collect for STL but the truth of the matter is that they are not. Legitimate STL bet collectors are moonlighting as jueteng cubradors.

    In the Visayas, the common forms of illegal gambling are the daily double, video karera, first two and last two, which are based on the STL results while in Mindanao, there is Swertres Lotto betting thrice a day.

    Suffice it to say that jueteng is actually an underground kingdom ruled by a notorious kapampangan whose min-ions include people in high places. Funny that when Bong Pineda was grilled by Senators years ago, he vehemently denied invlvement in jueteng. He swore it was the first time in his darn life that he came to know abut it.

    This is the second lesson for PNoy. Jueteng operators and protectors in government are inveterate liars. So, the president must watch his back.

    Ending jueteng, indeed, is a huge gamble. If PNoy is sincere in going after the bad guys behind jueteng, he should start in his own backyard. Words are rife that emissaries from the underground kingdom continue to deliver thick envelopes containing jueteng payolas to various government offices, including the Department of the Interior and Local Government and agencies under it such as the Philippine National Police.

    This is the third lesson for PNoy. The people tasked to curb the problem are those who actually stand to protect it. Mr. President, please find out who among your most trusted men are NOT on the take. Chances are youll be surprised that there are only a few of them.

    Wanna bet?

    First of a series

    AT around 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 8, Elke Bacalso, 20, a stu-dent taking up education at the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT), was standing in front of the campus gate when two men dragged him inside a van. He was blindfolded, tortured, and surfaced two days later allegedly by intelligence agents of the military.

    Bacalso is not an activist. The only probable reason why he was under intense surveillance and was abducted is that he is the son of a former political detainee and he campaigned for Kabataan Party-list during the May 2010 elections.

    A students storyAccording to the urgent action alert prepared by Karapa-

    tan, Bacalsos abductors transferred him to three different vehicles before being brought to a safe house. He was inter-rogated on his alleged illegal activities and the whereabouts of his father. Bacalso is the youngest of the four children of Julian Bacalso, a former political detainee and coordinator of Society of Ex-Detainees for Liberation, against Detention and for Amnesty (Selda).

    If not for the swift response of colleagues and relatives, Bacalso would not have been surfaced.

    When Bacalso failed to go home on the evening of Sept. 8, his family contacted members of Karapatan and together, filed a report on Bacalsos disappearance at the Labangon Police Station at around 8:00 p.m.

    The following morning, the search team went to the Philippine National Police (PNP) Regional Office in Jones Ave., Cebu City to report the incident. Then the search team received information that Bacalso was brought to Santander, a municipality in the southernmost tip of Cebu province. The team immediately left for Santander. Upon reaching Santander at around 7:00 p.m., they went to t