Ledesma

Sun.Star Pampanga - - PER­SPEC­TIVE! -

I have seen a let­ter from that of­fice which states that it re­fused to ac­cept re­quests for land con­ver­sions be­cause the Pres­i­dent had set a timetable of 15 days for them to act. Good that he re­placed Sec. Rafael Mar­i­ano who can­not macro-man­age the de­part­ment and then pro­moted Karlo Bello as Un­der Sec­re­tary, things are revving up.

The Pres­i­dent too is per­ceived to have his own cor­don san­i­taire. In the case of the search for the 3rd telco which he wanted to be achieved ex­pe­di­tiously, the Pres­i­dent was made to be­lieve by reg­u­la­tors that a case seek­ing a tem­po­rary re­strain­ing or­der (TRO) was filed in the Supreme Court thus the de­lay. Whoever made this al­le­ga­tion mus­tered a lot of courage to make a fool out of the Pres­i­dent know­ing he is too averse against TRO as it de­lays projects. The fact is there was none.

Then there is that brazen move to “cure” the in­ad­e­qua­cies of the telco which the reg­u­la­tors se­lected to be the new ma­jor player in the tele­com in­dus­try. They ap­pealed to Congress to cure the de­fects, a mat­ter which is a sub­ject of pre­qual­i­fi­ca­tion but ca­su­ally ig­nored.

For how many mil­lion rea­sons why this has to be done, I can nei­ther com­pre­hend nor spec­u­late. They cured it any­way de­spite the Palace knowl­edge that there were se­ri­ous de­fects in the fran­chise of the win­ner. The reg­u­la­tors lawyer­ing for a pre­ferred bid­der is out of place in this govern­ment but it is hap­pen­ing and cov­ered in liv­ing col­ors via the in­ti­mate medium— tele­vi­sion.

For the reg­u­la­tors to ac­cept a very lame and funny fairy tale that a na­tional fran­chise can­not op­er­ate within a strictly pre­scribed pe­riod be­cause of un­ten­able peace and or­der con­di­tion in one re­mote barangay in an equally re­mote prov­ince is plainly ridicu­lous if not deca­dent.

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