Thursday, August 16, 2012

Petition to repeal Marinduque loan resolutions filed

Former Gov. Aristeo M. Lecaroz (1967-1988)

“The planned loan is counter-productive, unreasonable, unnecessary, and certainly out of time”, apparently with the filing of certificates of candidacies for next year’s elections to be conducted in October this year.

A petition by former Governor of Marinduque, Aristeo M. Lecaroz and more than 1,000 registered voters to repeal the relevant Sangguniang Panlalawigan Resolutions No. 637 and 710 was filed recently.

" It will only aggravate the already dwindling finances of the province” as it could be used instead “to more socially and morally responsive undertakings geared towards the upliftment of the lives of the people of Marinduque”, the petition stated.

On May 2, 2012, the Sangguniang Panlawigan passed Resolution No. 637 “authorizing the Honorable Governor Carmencita O. Reyes to negotiate a loan agreement with the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), for the proposed improvement of the road network infrastructure development project in the province of Marinduque, subject to the ratification by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.”

Petitioners maintain that the loan intended for such road networks may be funded through other government sources citing as an example the allocation for infrastructure projects provided in the General Appropriations Act and administered by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) “is sufficient enough to address the infrastructure concerns of the current dispensation”.

A later amendment (Resolution No. 710 of July 4, 2012), was made by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan granting authority to Gov. Reyes to negotiate a loan agreement not only with the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), but also with any government or private financial institutions for the intended loan to be used for “road network infrastructure development projects”, this time adding the phrase “and other priority socio economic development programs”.

Opinions expressed by some people in government as well as individuals attached the issue on the possibility that the real purpose of the loan is to raise huge campaign money for election purposes. The filing of certificates of candidacy for next year’s elections comes in just a couple of months, in October.

Gov. Carmencita O. Reyes is the octogenarian governor of Marinduque.  Her political career now spans forty one (41) years. She was Marinduque’s delegate to the Constitutional Convention convened in 1971. The closeness of ‘Delegada’, as she was fondly called then, to the Marcoses during the Martial Law days is of public knowledge. She was Interim and Regular Assemblywoman for Marinduque from 1978 to 1986 (up to Edsa Revolution), then Congress Representative from 1987 to 1998, Governor from 1998 to 2007, Congresswoman from 2007 to 2010, then Governor from 2010 up to the present (2012).

It will be recalled that Reyes posted bail in the amount of Php 60,000 on charges of technical malversation apart from violation of the anti-graft law in connection with the Php 728-million fertilizer scam.


Culture-laden, beautiful island Marinduque that was bruited about by international travel watchers two years ago as one of world’s top islands occupying the No. 2 spot then, is one of the country’s smallest provinces with only six municipalities, its people still stuck to an ‘impoverished kind of living’.

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