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His compliments were based on the list of accomplishments of DBI which
was published in one of the previous issues of the Damayan-Buluseño Gazette.
What impressed him more is the regular monthly mass since 1981 which has not yet
been done by any other town organization, and the various forms of service the
association extends to the community especially the masses.
He urged the officers and members of DBI to continue with its mission for
the glory of God.
In response to his very inspiring message, Rogelio F. Fuentes, DBI
president, appreciated the very kind gesture shown by the former secretary for
honoring their invitation despite his very hectic schedule.
Former Sec. Lina won the admiration of the Buluseños because of his
eloquence in public speaking and his sterling record as public servant of
national stature which remains unmatched by most of our leaders today.
From being an active street parliamentarian at the age of 17 during the
martial law days, he rose to become the Governor of Metro-Manila and General
Manager of Metro-Manila Commission under the administration of then President
Corazon Aquino. In the election
that followed, he was elected the youngest senator.
For two terms, he served in the Senate and earned for him the honor of
being the Number Two in terms of accomplishments by the Senate Policy Review and
He became the top local government chief executive when he served as
Governor of Laguna. Under his
administration, Laguna was catapulted to the honor of being the most outstanding
province in the entire country.
When President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo took over the presidency after
EDSA II in 2001, he was appointed as Secretary of the DILG – the most powerful
agency of the national government wherein he made several accomplishments
foremost of which being the dismantling of illegal drug laboratories in
Metro-Manila and other areas.
When Mr. Fuentes invited him as Guest of Honor and Speaker in the affair,
the former secretary was still in his post.
His being in control of the different law enforcement agencies and local
officials under him gave Mr. Fuentes the idea that he coud be the most
appropriate official in the national government from whom the Buluseños could
hear on the agency’s program on how it will address the prevailing peace and
order problem in the Province of Sorsogon which has become a big hindrance to
the promotion of tourism particularly in the town of Bulusan where most of the
tourist attractions could be found.
Unfortunately, a few days before the affair of DBI, Sec. Lina tendered
his resignation from his post. But,
being the true gentleman that he is, Sec. Lina fulfilled his commitment to DBI
and went on to become this year’s Pista sa Maynila Guest of Honor and
Vol. XVI No.3 (May - July 2004)
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