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When I read the article in this Gazette about Sapngan as a model barangay,
I admired so much its Chairman and the other officials.
But, my admiration suddenly vanished when I received information from
very reliable sources on the illegal activity that has been happening in their
I wonder if they knew or pretend not to know about the narra lumbers
being unloaded quietly at night from a garbage truck and stored at the back of a
house along the river near the bridge or spillway.
With ropes tied to these lumbers, they are brought down into the river to
be carried away by the current down to the next bridge.
From there, one can readily conclude where they are brought.
This is a challenge to the barangay officials to catch and arrest those
involved in this condemnable operation which has been denuding our forests
particularly our national park. Surely,
these lumbers came from illegally cut logs.
If legal, why the delivery in an unholy hour?
To give the barangay officials an idea, they should keep watch on the
movements of a garbage truck. If it travels at night, it is not out to collect
garbage but to load lumbers somewhere in a southern barangay with the protection
of the chairman and an ex-chairman. These
lumbers are most likely to be unloaded at the said place or near the vicinity
for easy access to their final destination.
But, I wonder what the Chairman would do when he faces the man behind it.
I learned he (Chairman) owed a lot of gratitude from him during the last
I hope it is not true.
R. D. FORTES
Alabang, Muntinlupa City
December 21, 2003
Nabasa co an “An Totoo Na Katuyuhan” ni Elio Fuentes san nakaagui na
luwas san Damayan-Buluseño Gazette. Nagulat aco san caniya mga ibinulgar. Pero,
mayad man cay sigurado nalinawan na niyan an mga tawo lalo na an mga pulitico
nan mga lider nira san motibo ni Elio san caniya mga magayon na hinihimo para sa
Bulusan nan capwa Bulusanon. Lalo
mayad na binulgar niya an baracalan sin boto con election. Basi pa con mapucaw na an ato mga botante cay puro cuarta na
hamoc an nasa isip con election.
Aco man sadto nagdududa man con Elio. Pero, san awat na naniwala na aco
na talagang pagdanon hamoc an gusto niya. Haboon siya san pulitica.
Dahil sa namatian co na sinseridad niya caya, suportado aco sa intero na
proyecto san Damayan-Buluseño.
Con nacombinse si Elio sadto ni Gov. Frivaldo na maging mayor san Bulusan,
naniniwala aco na daco na an inasenso san Bulusan sa paagui san turismo. Mao
nagayod an gustohon niya na mangyari cay daco an paniwala niya na mas daco an
potensyal san Bulusan na maging sentro san turismo compara sa iba na lugar na
dinadayo niyan san mga turista.
Aram co, cayang-caya niya himuon an mga plano niya con siya an may capot
san administrasyon san munisipyo caya hamoc nauyamon siya san maation na sistema
san pulitica. Compara sa mga naging mayor sa Bulusan harayoon sira sa cacayahan
ni Elio lalo na sa pagmantiner san peace and order na pinacaimportante sa
pag-asenso san sayo na lugar lalo na sa industriya san turismo. Caya niya macuwa
an cooperasyon san mga naglalaban na grupo sa pulitica nan masa dahil aram nira
na para sa caayadan san bungto talaga an tuyo ni Elio.
An totoo, wara aco naimod na naging lider na Bulusanon maski an mga
nagcapot na sin hataas na puesto sa gobierno na nacahimo o macahimo san mga
nahimo na ni Elio para sa caayadan san Bulusan nan capwa Bulusanon. Dahil sa pag-organisar niya san Class ’51 reunion san 1979
grabe an caogmahan san mga caclase niya sa elementary cay daghan sa canira an
nadanonan sa pagpa-escuela san canira cabataan, nagpahospital sa mga mahapdos na
caclase nan iba na danon sa pamilya nira. Nahimo ni Elio na maging magcaurugos
an mga mayaman nan propesyonal nan mga pobrehon na miembro san Class ’51.
Siya man an nag-organisar san Damayan-Buluseño na naging dalan sa
pagcaurugos san mga Bulusanon sa Metro-Manila na nagsisirimba bulan-bulan. Dahil
san canira pagcacasarayo, daghanon na danon an nahimo para sa mga Bulusanon lalo
na an masa sa paagui san civic action, scholarship, Damayan Christmas Drive nan
iba pa na mga danon sa comunidad.
Si Elio man an nag-organisar san Damayan Homecoming nan reunion san
Aguilar, Gacosta nan Fuentes Clan sa Bulusan.
Dahil sa homecoming nan reunion daghanon an mga Bulusanon na awaton na sa
iba na lugar an naingganyo ni Elio na mag-uruli sa Bulusan pati an canira
Compara sa iba ta na cabubungto na mas may impluwensya mas daghan pa
siguro an nadanonan niya sa Bulusan cay mas madali siya daupan nan sinsero sa
pagdanon hanggan macacaya niya.
Caya, may rason na mamundo si Elio sa mga nagraraot sa caniya
credibilidad lalo na an mga pulitico nan mga lider nira: nahadoc sira cay con
cumandidato si Elio diri maubra an cuarta nira. Diri bale conta con nacahimo
sira sin maski 50% san mga nahimo na ni Elio. Con may nahimo man sira pero sa
paagui san proyecto san gobierno, wara sira sin sacripisyo condi porsiyento para
sa canira bulsa. Caya, nagpapaaragaw sira san puesto.
Dapat maraw-ay sira. Cay
masuerte ngani kita sa Bulusan cay may sayo na Elio Fuentes na nagsacripisyo sin
sobra 20 anyos dahil sa pagmaculog sa ato bungto nan mga pobre na cabubungto na
wara man sin personal na pakinabang para sa caniya. Oras na mauyam si Elio nan
pabayaan an mga proyecto san Damayan-Buluseño sa Bulusan, daghanon an
maapectohan. Mawawara an
scholarship, an libre na pagpabulong, pagpatipo nan pagpaturi nan mga regalo con
Pasko na puro pobre na pamilya an nakinabang.
Diri man nira malauman an mga pulitico cay nadaop hamoc con macampanya
para aguyon sira sin mga pangaco na puro cabubuwaan nan bacalon an canira boto,
tapos na an canira serbisyo.
NAME WITHHELD UPON REQUEST
We will please recall that on 18th January 2000, Mrs. Concesa
G. Montenegro and Albertini G. Montenegro executed a Deed of Donation in favor
of the Local Government of Bulusan (LGU-Bulusan) for the purpose of establishing
a secondary school in the said municipality – it being a requirement that a
land owned by the LGU be donated to the Dep-Ed before any school may be
established. Prior to the execution
of the Deed of Donation, there had been several representations made to Mr.
Albertini G. Montenegro and his family by the former Dep-Ed & LGU officials
to assist the LGU-Bulusan for its acquisition of land.
Several meetings transpired and a memorandum of agreements was forged
that prompted Albertini Montenegro and his mother to execute the above mentioned
Deed of Donation in favor of the LGU-Bulusan.
A careful perusal of the Deed of Donation instantly reveals that what was
contemplated was a conditional donation to the LGU-Bulusan.
But since the LGU officials were willing to honor the forged agreements,
it also imposed the conditions when it executed the Deed of Donation in favor of
Dep-Ed. These conditions in
summary, were as follows:
That the area will be used for the purpose of establishing
a secondary school;
That Mr. Albertini G. Montenegro, whose permanent item is
as Guidance Counselor-I at Magallanes National Vocational High School will be
detailed pending the DBM release of new item for teachers in Bulusan National
High School and to have priority for appointment as Head thereat;
That Mr. Albertini G. Montenegro and his heirs will be
given the exclusive rights to operate the school canteen.
Meanwhile, the wording of the
Deed of Donation (executed by Mr. Albertini G. Montenegro and Mrs. Concesa G.
Montenegro in favor of the LGU-Bulusan) does not categorically state conditions
2 and 3, the same appeared in the Deed of Donation executed by the LGU of
Bulusan in favor of the Dep-Ed.
The Dep-Ed and LGU-Bulusan, in
its desire to fulfill the second condition, arranged that the undersigned be
transferred immediately to Bulusan National High School and be designated as the
TIC thereof, with the additional task of assisting the LGU-Bulusan in
establishing the proposed Bulusan National High School.
Verily, it is in the interest of Mr. Albertini G. Montenegro to actively
participate in the establishment of the said Bulusan National High School,
considering that this will allow him to be closer to his family.
This was the clear intention of the Deed of Donation aside from the
desire of Mr. Albertini G. Montenegro and his mother to open a public secondary
school. The assignment of Mr.
Albertini G. Montenegro made [up for] everything up to the time that Bulusan
National High School was approved by the Secretary of Education. Lest it be forgotten, that Mr. Albertini G. Montenegro was
impleaded as one of the respondents in the application for a restraining order
filed at the instance of the Directress of Jose S. Reyes Memorial Institute to
perpetually restrain him, together with the other respondents from opening
Bulusan National High School.
Truly, Mr. Albertini G.
Montenegro was only detailed as teacher-in-charge of Bulusan National High
School but it appeared that it was in the interest of the LGU-Bulusan to have
the school established by way of approval from the Dep-Ed Secretary and
eventually by legislation. On the
other hand, Mr. Albertini G. Montenegro does not deny the fact that it is his
interest that the school be approved so that the said school may be provided
with the positions, and eventually he would be transferred permanently.
His utmost desire was to
establish Bulusan National High School as requested by the LGU-Bulusan.
He may have conditions set forth but the fact remains that MR. ALBERTINI
G. MONTENEGRO had immensely contributed to the establishment of Bulusan National
High School. This is a clear
indication that LGU-Bulusan refuses to honor the agreements forged by the
*Mr. Albertini G. Montenegro was permanently transferred to
Macabari National High School in Barcelona, Sorsogon and has been designated
*His two children Christian Rey Montenegro and Kristine Joy
Montenegro are presently studying at Buhang National High School.
(Albertini G. Montenegro)
(Note: A few days after we received the above
article, we also received another one from a supporter of the concerned school.
We will be publishing such in the next issue of this Gazette.
Vol. XV No.10 (November - December 2003)
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