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BCDA harassing SM and its contractor


The happiest news after the elections so far: The Jalosjos clan was thrashed by the voters in the Zamboanga Peninsula. Of the 14 clan members fielded, only one made it: Councilor Rosalina Jalosjos, who was elected mayor of Dapitan City, the bailiwick of the clan. Earlier, the candidacies of patriarch Romeo Jalosjos and his brother Dominador Jr. were voided by the Commission on Elections because of their criminal convictions, Romeo for child rape and Dominador for robbery.

The clan tried to expand its hold from its bailiwick to the entire peninsula by fielding six members for various posts in Zamboanga del Norte, four in Zamboanga del Sur, two in Zamboanga Sibugay, one in Misamis Occidental, one in Zamboanga City, and one in Dapitan. All but one of them lost.

Congratulations to the Zamboangeños. They finally broke the chains with which the Jalosjos clan had bound them. May other voters ruled by political dynasties achieve the same feat in future elections.

The sorriest news: Many more political dynasties maintained their hold on some provinces, cities and municipalities. And in the Senate race, only three—Grace Poe, Loren Legarda, and Antonio Trillanes—out of 12 winning candidates are not members of political dynasties. The silver lining is that the top two winners—Poe and Legarda—are not dynasty members. Hopefully, more dynasty members will be rejected by the people in future elections. The Zamboangeños showed that it can be done. Let us all follow their example.

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People are talking about so many “what ifs” and “what could haves.”

• What if Edward Hagedorn had shaved? Would he have gotten more votes? People say that with his beard and moustache, he looks like a movie villain, so unlike the clean-shaven Fernando Poe Jr. who played the role of Hagedorn in a biopic.

• What if Toby Tiangco, campaign manager of the UNA ticket, did not sport that  animé  hairdo and did not dye his hair? Would more UNA senatorial candidates have made it to the winning circle?

• What if Risa Hontiveros did not have that silly television commercial showing her flicking her trademark purple  alampay  at the camera? Could she have gotten more votes? The director of the commercial who told her to do it must have been working for UNA.

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A video footage circulating in the Internet has caught the attention of viewers. It showed how SM and its contractor were harassed by security personnel of the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) at a project site in Taguig City last May 6.

The video grab showed BCDA chief Arnel Casanova, accompanied by security personnel armed with high-caliber weapons (the Comelec gun ban was still in force then), arriving at the construction site of the SM Aura Premier to stop the contractor from proceeding with the road construction in front of the mall.

Both camps—the BCDA and the contractor—are in possession of contrasting orders. The contractor has an order to proceed with the road construction from the Taguig City government, which owns the land leased by SM. On the other hand, the BCDA storm troopers led by Casanova and a man who identified himself as a security officer claimed that they have instructions to stop the construction.

The 30-story, mixed-use SM Aura Premier building is finished. It is scheduled to formally open today. That is why the contractor was rushing the paving of the road leading to it. Some of its floors have already been leased by government agencies.

The land on which SM Aura Premier stands used to be part of Fort Bonifacio. That portion was turned over to Taguig City. As owner, Taguig leased two parcels at the civic center—the 2007 lease with an area of 15,000 square meters, and the 2008 lease with an area of 18,975 square meters. Total area: 33,975 square meters. SM won the bidding. SM proceeded with the construction of the building after getting a project approval from the Taguig government.

The BCDA claims that it owns the road right-of-way leading to the building, the road that passes through the McKinley Parkway and leads to Forbes Park and then to Edsa, the nearest route. With the closure of that road, the public would now have to go through a long circuitous route to reach it. There is a law that guarantees the owner of a property surrounded by land owned by others a right-of-way to the nearest major road. The SM Aura Premier case is one such case.

During the confrontation, a representative of the Taguig government arrived with some traffic management personnel to attest to the authenticity of the SM contractor’s permit to construct the road. The BCDA contingent disregarded it. The video grab showed that they were able to stop the road construction by placing concrete barriers at the entrance to the road, guarded by heavily armed men.

The security officer even called for two trucks to park on the access road to disrupt the construction. One of the trucks remains in the area with all its tires removed.

Until now, the road remains closed to those who want to go not only to the SM building but also to other establishments in the area.

What’s happening to BCDA officials? If they have a problem with Taguig leasing the city-owned property to SM, they should settle it between the two of them. SM, as the winning bidder, claims it has invested more than P3.5 billion for the building, which will be occupied by government offices and call centers, a convention center and a chapel, among others.

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  • okayayonip

    Ilang porsyento ang permanent status sa mga employees ng SM kumpara sa mga contractual?

    • GustoKoHappyKa

      lol baka wala pa sa 20%…generous pa yon …

  • AllinLawisFair

    The people of the Zamboanga peninsula have shown how brave and sane they were. They did not vote for convicted criminals, very much unlike the citizens of Manila who voted into office a convicted plunderer.

    • Edward Mendoza

      pareho lng nmn khit sa Zamboanga Peninsula kung paano bumoto ang tga Maynila…Talagang matatalo ang mga Jalosjos sa mga lugar na iyon kc hindi nmn nila teritoryo iyon…

      At, khit akoý ipinanganak doon alam ko ayaw ng mga tao sa pamilyang Jalosjos kc hindi nmn nila kababayan si Jalosjos….sabi nga, iboboto kita kc kababayan kita…hindi kita iboboto dhil hindi ka nmn tga rito sa amin..dpat sa Dapitan lng sila…

  • glycerlean

    buti pa ung mga taga zamboanga, may mga utak. pwede naman pla gawin eh. hindi mo naman masisisi ang mga dynasty, ang may kasalanan ay ang mga bobong botante.

    • Edward Mendoza

      at kudos sa tga Zamboanga hindi din nakapasok ang SM…noon pa mahigit isang dekada na gustong magtayo ang SM sa Zamboanga City.. tlgang malakas ang local businessmen…

    • AlzheimersC

      Ano naman ang masasabi mo sa Camarines kung saan natalo si Aga Muhlach?

    • AlzheimersC

      Huu dito ka lang naman sa net natuto kung bakit masama ang political dynasty, so kung isa ka sa mga ordinaryong mamamayan na walang access sa internet at wala ding may nagpapaliwanag sa barangay nyo…makuha mo kayang makapanlait sa iba? GG tumulong ka muna sa paglaganap ng ganitong kaisipan sa lahat ng antas sa ating lipunan bago ka manlait ng iba!

      • glycerlean

        isa ka sa mga bobong tinamaan ng comment ko kaya ka nag react ng ganyan!

      • AlzheimersC

        Maliwanag ang sagot ko e sa iyo? e ikaw ano ang sagot mo GG! walang katuturan di ba? personal attack lang ang kaya mo? GG!

      • glycerlean

        bobo ka na, ogag ka pa! yang mga kagaya mo ung dapat binubugbog sa taiwan eh. aral ka muna bago ka sumali sa usapan dito, ikaw ang hindi natututo. wala akong pakialam syo kung dynasty ang binoto mo, ogag!

      • AlzheimersC

        Wah Taiwan! naubusan ng matinong sagot ang GG! :)

        Katakot-takot na comment against sa mga dynasty ang ginawa ko ha baka hindi mo alam? Panlalait lang kasi ang kaya mo! Trait ng mga GGng mayabang na ang utak eh nasa talampakan… :)

      • glycerlean

        asus, ang makatang bobong ogag nagsalita! paano ako magiging matino syo eh bobo ka at papansin!

      • AlzheimersC

        Oy baka nakakalimutan mo public forum ito, papansin? wahh! GG k talaga! :))

        Kung kaya mong tanggalin ang reply button gawin mo! ha? tanga!

      • $16638896

        hay nako, buhay pa pala itong ogag na bobo na ito! nyahahaha! papansin ka nanaman?! hihihihi

  • Jason Paul Calma Laxamana

    dynasties failed in Angeles City, Pampanga.

  • edith gomez

    in the long run there will be an sm in every nook and cranny of our country and the filipino merchant will all be wiped out

    • Edward Mendoza

      dre, ganyan ang negosyo..kung sino ang may malalim at makapal na bulsa tayo sila kung saan gusto nila..anyway, panalo nmn sila sa bidding..d highest bid wins..

      At, ok na rin may sm rine sa d fort kc magtatayo o maglalagay ng Chapel ang SM..ganda ng chapel ng SM megamall..btw, kesa pupunta pa me sa sanctuario de san Antonio pa…

  • Ver Magpayo

    BCDA and Taguig City Government has no right whatsoever in the said Property. BCDA was created by the House of Representative thru Mr. Tabaco Ramos bypassing the real owner of the land nor consulted them. The BCDA and other nearby cities should nullify first the titles of the owner under the Treaty of Paris and its signatories therein, GREAT BRITAIN, USA, FRANCE, ITALY, SPAIN ect….

  • glycerlean

    anak ng pating! anong pagkakaiba ng kaso ng jalosjos brothers kay erap? na convict silang lahat pero si erap hindi na-disqualify at nanalo pa ang ugok courtesy of the bobong manilenos? iba ba ang ruling ng comelec sa zamboanga at manila? pakisagot naman kung sinong lawyer jan or knowledgable sa mga ganitong ruling, tnx!

    • Iam TanJi

      sa pagkakaalam ko ang pardon na binigay ni GMA kay erap ay ang sanhi ng lahat ng ito. It restored all his rights including the right to be elected

    • AlzheimersC

      Bobo ka kasi hindi ka marunong tumingin kung politically motivated lang or legitimate na nagkasala sa batas ang isang tao…

      Kung si GMA pa ang nakaupo malamang gagana pa iyung 8 mahistrado na nakaupo sa Supreme court para gawan ng paraan ang hiling mo…pero si Pnoy na ang presidente at wala silang political feud nor hindi ganun ka sugapa sa pwesto si Pnoy para gawan ng paraan ang mga kalaban sa politika except si Gloria mismo…nauna lang ng konti si Corona.

      • glycerlean

        hahaha! naliligaw ka ata at di mo alam ang pinagsasabi mo, malayo ang comment mong ugok, aral ka muna maigi bago ka sumali samga usapan dito, sagad ang pagkabobo mo eh, magpapansin ka lang, dito pa! layas dito! hehehe

      • AlzheimersC

        Layas? Hindi nga pinapalayas ang mga GGng tulad mo… :)

      • glycerlean

        huhuhuhuh wawa ka naman, sa taiwan ka magpapansin para maubos na ang mga bobo at ogag na kagaya mo!

  • rickysgreyes

    Seems more like a corporate war between the oligarchs- Ayalas vs. Sys with Juan de la Cruz as the casualty. What else is new. Build the road, Maawa kayo sa taong bayan.

  • pedro Bato

    Kaya nga po halos magpatayan na yang mga naglalabang pulitiko sa Taguig eh ! Laki ng pera sa business establishments sa Taguig !! These businessmen can buy everybody !

  • Nicky Vanderwoodsen

    So what? Maganda naman na tinayo ng SM yung Aura, sa ikagaganda rin naman yan ng economy ng Taguig and more shopping options for girls like me!

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