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Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - OPINION -

With a ma­jor­ity de­ci­sion of nine jus­tices mov­ing to junk the plea, over the six jus­tices who wanted the op­po­site, the Supreme Court dis­missed Se­na­tor Leila De Lima’s mo­tion to nul­lify the cases pressed against her in re­la­tion to the il­le­gal drugs trade in­side the Na­tional Bili­bid Prison.

The charges were seen by De Lima and her po­lit­i­cal al­lies as a way to si­lence her, be­ing a critic of the pres­i­dent, and that the ac­cu­sa­tions were fab­ri­cated; at some point, she was viewed as a “po­lit­i­cal pris­oner” or that was how her al­lies would want to ped­dle to the media both lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional.

It may sound un­fair, if “pork bar­rel queen” Janet Napoles and “pork bar­rel prince” Jing­goy Estrada were al­lowed to post bail and was al­lowed to be re­leased from de­ten­tion, so should De Lima.

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On the same day, yes­ter­day, the Com­mis­sion on Ap­point­ments com­prised of mem­bers in the Se­nate and House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, re­jected the ap­point­ment of Dr. Paulyn Ubial as Sec­re­tary for the Depart­ment of Health.

Ubial, who has been in the agency serv­ing var­i­ous DoH re­gional of­fices in Min­danao, and her re­jec­tion was quite puz­zling since she was not on the hot­seat that trig­ger’s the CA’s egos and in­ter­est.

Her re­jec­tion was a man­i­fes­ta­tion that we have a dys­func­tional con­gress. The worst in Philip­pine his­tory so far. *** For at least two weeks the Ca­gayan de Oro Water Dis­trict in part­ner­ship with its con­trac­tor, Rio Verde, re­ceived all the ire from its con­ces­sion­aires af­ter the west­ern part of Ca­gayan de Oro almost had no water sup­ply.

While some parts are al­ready back to nor­mal, there are some ar­eas that are still strug­gling.

And so some groups are bring­ing up again the idea of COWD to be con­verted to ei­ther a pri­vate en­tity or a co­op­er­a­tive.

But you know, dif­fer­ent struc­ture,and yet po­ten­tially same in­ter­nal po­lit­i­cal dy­nam­ics. *** From the in­box: I’m Hy­acinth J. Tagupa and I cur­rently work for DOST-X. I’d like to con­grat­u­late you on your in­sight­ful opin­ion piece “Sci­en­tific works that could save the ail­ing so­ci­ety” (Sun­star Ca­gayan de Oro, 25 Septem­ber 2017). You high­lighted a couple of good points, in­clud­ing the Filipino pub­lic’s lack of ap­pre­ci­a­tion for S&T.

DOST-X is also grate­ful that you wrote about the Re­gional Con­test In­ven­tion and Ex­hibit from that an­gle, sug­gest­ing that in­no­va­tions are al­ready avail­able but in need of pub­lic ap­pre­ci­a­tion. I’m writ­ing this email per­son­ally, but I think I speak for the whole or­ga­ni­za­tion in say­ing that the main­stream adop­tion of and sup­port for S&T prod­ucts is one of the pri­mary goals the DOST works to­wards.

Just a bit of a clar­i­fi­ca­tion, though. RICE is not an an­nual event but a bi­en­nial one. It al­ter­nates yearly with the Na­tional In­ven­tion Con­test and Ex­hibit (NICE). Next year, there will be no RICE, but our re­gion’s win­ners will be com­pet­ing in the NICE.

But that’s a mi­nor quib­ble. Con­grats again, and ea­ger to read more ad­vo­cacy pieces from you in the fu­ture.

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