By Omi C. Royandoyan
The attempt of the government, particularly the Department of Finance and the Presidential Commission on Good Government, to sell and privatize the United Coconut Planters Bank (UCPB) is not in harmony with the coconut industry plan and in clear violation of Presidential Decree No. 755 (July 1975).
There are reports that structures built under the Aquino administration’s “Build Back Better” rehabilitation and rebuilding program for the “Yolanda” survivors and -ravaged areas in Eastern Visayas were destroyed by Typhoon “Ruby.” There should be a thorough investigation into these reports.
I wish to congratulate the Inquirer for choosing a new columnist, a legal expert at that.
Retired commissioner Bartolome C. Fernandez Jr., a legal eagle in his own right and one of the best minds that ever walked the corridors of the Commission on Audit (COA), is pointblank correct in saying that, “Legislative inquiry is but a fact-finding exercise” (Opinion, 11/22/14).
The act of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority in commending a traffic enforcer who moonlights by selling goodies to motorists along Edsa is ill-advised. What if the rest of our traffic enforcers follow suit by boarding buses and LRTs to sell cigarettes and newspapers to passengers? Who will now control the smooth flow of traffic?