Noel Pla
The Biliran Clarion

The pro-Espina majority in the Sangguniang Bayan of Naval refused to approve the P71.6-M budget proposed by Mayor Susan Velasquez-Parilla for 2010. As a result, the municipal government reverted to its 2009 budget and the mayor could not implement her proposed pet projects using municipal funds in the remaining six months of her maiden term.

But this is the lesser disaster from this local impasse. The saddest cut is that while the mayor has no municipal funds for her projects, an amount of at least P2.43-M will surely go to the banks this year as continuing amortizations for debts incurred during the Espina administration. P1.56-M will go to the annual debt payment for the market expansion project that now blocks 1/3 of Zamora Street and 1/5 of Santisimo Rosario Street. Any local contractor could tell you that the amount for yearly payment alone was sufficient to complete the project officially reported to have cost P5-M. An amount of P0.87-M will go the annual loan payment for the Espinas’ drainage project.

The Espinas have certainly saddled Mayor Parilla with public debts to pay. She actually started her term in July 2007 by paying the last amortization for a nearly P10-M municipal loan from the Philippine National Bank (PNB), which was used to purchase a fire truck worth P6.2-M and a dump truck worth P4.2-M. The Clarion had commented in February 2007 that the municipal government lost some P7.7-M to corruption in a single day’s transaction on July 9, 2003, since a similar fire truck cost only P1.7-M elsewhere and a similar dump truck cost only about P1-M. At any rate, the multi-million fire truck publicly proved its uselessness a few years ago, when a fire struck the Baybay area. Its hose had no nozzle when brought to the fire scene and therefore could not spew water at the conflagration. Some other, cheaper fire trucks had to take its place.

Our sources tell us that the Naval municipal government under Mayor Parilla is still paying annual amortizations for some P22.5-M in loans from both PNB and Landbank, for three separate loans incurred during the term of former Mayor Gerry Espina, Sr.

In a larger context, another Espina official has also pawned the future and the patrimony of the Biliranons to the banks.

In 2004, the Biliran Provincial Government under Gov. Roger Espina contracted a loan from the PNB worth P35-M. The visible items purchased with this loan money were just four pieces of alleged second-hand heavy equipment (one bulldozer, one backhoe, and two six-wheel dump trucks). A Technical Audit Specialist from the Commission on Audit reported that “the equipment were brand-new (sic) on the basis of the documents presented,” but no actual physical inspection was ever mentioned.

In 2005, the provincial government again contracted another loan from the PNB worth P30-M. An amount of P12-M went to the computerization project of the Capitol, while the other P18-M remains unaccounted for. The computerization project is the subject of an adverse COA opinion in 2006 due to a number of irregularities. It is the subject of a criminal complaint filed against Governor Espina with the Ombudsman-Visayas by the Biliran Advocates for Good Governance and Transparency (BAGGAT), a local watchdog organization, on 18 August 2009.

Also in 2005, the Capitol availed of some P10-M loan from PROLEND, a program lending facility for Local Government Units (LGUs). The proceeds were used to construct some seawalls in selected areas around the province.

In 2008, the Capitol again availed of a P50-M loan from PROLEND, the amount released out of the controversial P80-M applied for. The money was used to construct various projects, including some P5-M for concrete “improvements” that blighted the natural scenery around Tinago Falls in Caibiran. But serious allegations persist that some projects now marked with PROLEND tarpaulin banners were actually funded with the previous loan and not from the present loan.

Still in 2008, the Capitol availed of between P18-M to P20-M loan from the KfW facility (whatever that means) of PROLEND. This estimated amount is a combination of grant, loan and equity, from which proceeds was bought a still unused x-ray machine worth P4.76-M at the Biliran Provincial Hospital. This x-ray machine, allegedly second-hand, is the subject of another criminal complaint, based on an adverse COA audit report in 2006, also filed against Governor Espina with the Ombudsman-Visayas.

Meanwhile, the governor’s twin brother, Mayor Rudy Espina, on behalf of the LGU of Kawayan, also incurred two separate loans worth P22-M from PNB and/or LBP for some shady and allegedly overpriced projects in that municipality. No, the loans were not spent for the Espina-claimed P16-M worth RORO port project in Kawayan, which was reported to have incurred P11-M worth of damage from a typhoon that spared the similar RORO ports in Naval and Maripipi, which are more exposed to the elements.

Finally, a new P100-M loan to the Capitol approved by the PNB. The bank approved the loan on the last year of Governor Espina’s term despite written warnings that the money would be misused from Biliran Rep. Glenn Chong, and the fact that this was never subjected to any public hearing anywhere in the province. The official warnings proved self-fulfilling. A P10.3-M road concreting project in Barangay Larrazabal, known to be funded with money from this loan, showed some 35 vertical and longitudinal cracks along a 750 meter stretch of single-lane pavement within one week after the completion of the cementing job. Of course, this inept project is not expected to bother the PNB, which always looked the other way in regard to previous loans.

Like it or not, the multi-million official loans incurred by various LGUs in Biliran on the strength of various Espina signatures are real bad debts from the viewpoint of public interest. They hardly benefited the public at all. At best, they can be called blood money, much like the 30 pieces of silver that the Pharisees gave to Judas in exchange for turning Christ in to the Roman authorities. At least in the Biblical case, only one person-god was persecuted and nailed to the cross, and this was some 2,000 years ago.

In our present case, the bad-debts-cum-blood-money continue to burden and nail and crucify some 150,000 Biliranons to the wiles of key elective officials and the cold-blooded Shylocks in the banks, everyday for several years now and for several more years to come.

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  1. UNSA? Mao na lagi ni sigi ug panghambog nga daghang ug proyekto UTANG MAN DIAY ANG DAGHAN.. he he heha ha ha. Naunsa na man hinoon ning pamilyaha nga way laing nahibawang trabaho kung dili ang negosyo sa pag-pangindato unya pagpinangutang prenda ang mga Biliranon. Gerry, Gerryboy, Roger, Roselyn ug Rudy, suwayi kuno ninyo ug pangapply ug trabaho. Kana bang siningtan gyud dili kanang mahimong multi milyonaryo sa suweldo sa pagka kongressman, gobernador, mayor ug konsehal nga mo-average lang ug mga P25,000.00.

    Maayo man si Glen ug si Charlie kay klarong mga negosyante sa taas nga panahon ug klarong mga milyonaryo nang daan. Karon man lang gali ningpalit ug buro bagong mga salakyanan kay gikinahanglan naman . Ang kapait, kining mga Espina himo ug balay diri, mga resort, mga GSE mall, palit ug yuta diri palit yuta didto, mahalong mga sakyanan, mga kabayong pangkarera, mga manok nga pang derby, sakay pod si Gerryboy sa iyang sportscar samtang pusta pusta ug milyon sa sugal, unya silang tanan puro empleado sa gobyerno.. he ha he ha he ha he.

    Ingon pa nila, ang mga Espina maayo kuno sa arithmetic kay ang 1+_1 = 1,000,000.00 he he he he hi hi hi. Naunsa naman hinoon ni, dili makahatag sa budget nga gikinahanglan ni Mayor Susan arong maimplementar ang iyang mga proyekto kay diay nahurot ang kwarta sa PAGBINAYAD ANING MGA UTANG NGA WAY NAKITAN. Kini pong ilang mga utanganan, sigi ug hatag ug kwarta bisan ug kwestyonable na ang mga proyekto. he he he he he, basin baya ug naay mga milagro diha sa daplin daplin ha ha ha he he he.

    Hala mga Biliranon, panahon na sa panukot. Puslan man nga kitay mag-binayad aning mga utang, karong eleksyon, ingon pa sa ubang blogger, dili to mosugot ug tagaan lang ug sinsiyo. kanang tibuok gyud kay ato manang kwarta. Ang-ang man sad ug silay magbuhay milyonaryo. Mohgatag gani ang mga tawo ni Gerry ug P1000. ayaw ug sugot. Knahanglan doblehon ang bayad sa ato kay gawas nga inutang ang kwarta, gibaligya ra ba ta ngadto sa nagkalin-laing partido diin nakadawat si Gerry, Gerryboy, Roger Roselyn ug Rudy ug makalilisang nga pondo.

    Naay nag-ingon nako nga si Villar mobuhi ug mga P10 Bilyones karong adlawa para sa pagseguro sa iyang kadaugan. Labing segoro, naglaway ug nagtabisay na ang mga baba aning mga Espina ug nagkalkag na ang mga kamot samtang naghulat sa kwarta nga moabot. Laliman ka aning way puhuhnan? ha ha ha he he he hi hi hi. Inigdawat sa kwarta kang Villar dayon tuyok ug adto na pod kang Erap magbura-bura ang baba samtang nagkalkag na pod ang mga kamot andam modawat sa lain pang kwarta. ha ha ha he he he.

    Haay, kini gyung mga tawong way nahibawang laing trabaho kung dili ang pag-pinangandidato ug pagpi-nangutang mora ug si kinsa moasta, astang milyonaryo.. ha ha ha he he eh hi hi hi.
    Hala ato pong kalkagon atong mga kamot. kinahanglan doble doble ang atong pangayo kay doble doble gyud ang kandidato sa pagkapresidente nga gisuportahan sa mga utangerong mga Espina… ha ha ha he he he.

  2. NAA NAPOD ANG TIG ADMINISTER SA OPERATION SA SKOL BUS NI INTSIK CHONG NGA SI NOEL PLA,DILI HINOON NIYA I ACCOUNT ANG TINUOD NGA ILA NA WALDAS SA KRADO SA SHELL UG ANG NAPLITE SA GARAHE NI DR.PASTOR…

    PATAKA RA MAN NING KOMENTO NING MGA AW-AW SA INTSIK NGA CHONG,IYA RA GI IMPHASIZE ANG COSTING NGA GILAAN ANA NGA PROYEKTO NGA KLARO NAA NAPOSLAN MAN NA SA MUNISIPYO? ANG NAKA BIAS RA SA IYA PAGPANAWAY MAO ANG WALA NIYA HISGOTE ANG NAKITA O NA INCOME ANA NGA PROYEKTO SAMA ANA NGA EXPANSION SA MERKADO…WALA PA NA LABOT ANG INCOME SA LANDBANK BLDG UG NAVAL MALL, ABER NAASA RA MAN ANG INCOME ANI NGA MGA MAPOSLANONG PROYEKTO, NGA ANG INYONG AMONG INTSIK CHONG WALA GANI MAY NABUHAT NGA SUSAMANG INISYATIBO.

  3. I don’t see any progress in the Biliran eversince!! Look the “BOHOL” Leyte is Far,far beyond to this politician talkin! From the language they using the folks of biliran may understood what really they are sayin! Backward Town the Biliran.! No Hospital for Poor even discent portable toilet can’t provide this official! Instead they use the dilapidated ambulance to pick-up the whole clan just to attend a party! No excessintance of Hospital but ambulance is there for party going!! Dime!

  4. biliranon!!!wake up!!!…..we’ve been sleeping for almost a decade now..its time to think for the future of our children…
    let’s not think of the money that every voters will receive during the election day…let us also look unto the action and changes that those people could give us…please let us be wise now for the betterment of our province…

    i am not an anti espina..but what im saying is please stop your ruling in our province if you are only concern with your family’s welfare…and not for the people….

    to all the youth of the espina clan…please be the one to tell your parents, and lolo about what is right or wrong..you also have your minds..dont be so greedy of the power and wealth…

    to gretchen..you are the pinoy idol..so how can you be a good example to the filipino youth if you belong to a family who does everything just to gain wealth and power…

  5. NAUNSA NA MAN INTAWON NING MGA BANDIDO ESTRANGHERO DINHI SA ATO NGA GIDUOT NA MAN POD NILA ANG ADMIN ANI NGA WEBSITE. DAKDAK LANG UNTA SILA UG UNSAY ILANG MAHUBIT NGA ISSUE DIHA. DILI KAY MANGHULGA KUNG MASUPLA SILA.

    SILA BAYA ANG NAGPA UPLOAD SA SPLICED INTERVIEW KANG SECRETARY DOMINGO NGA NAKAHATAG UNA UG GUBOT DINHI. APAN SA DIHANG GITUBAG NA KINI UG FOOTAGES SA PRESSCON DIIN NAG CLARIFY SI SECRETARY DOMINGO SA IYANG GITUIS NGA PAMULONG, NAHILUM LANG UG KALIT ANG MGA BANDIDO. UNYA NANGHULGA DIAY. ANG ADMIN ANG GIBASUL NGA NABUKLO SILA.

    DINHI ANI NGA THREAD, GITIKUNGAN NI KANDING NGA NAKABIKTIMA SI NOEL. EXPECTED GAD NI NGA BUHATON SA BUNGOTON SUNOD SA SUGO NI PUGAK UG DOK RABBIT, PERO WA HINUON TUBAGA UG I-CLARIFY ANG BLOW-BY-BLOW NGA LISTA SA GIUTANG SA MGA ESPINA NGA LOCAL GOVERNMENT ANG MAGBAYAD. GITUIS HINUON.

    UG MANGAYO NI SILA UG ACCOUNTING SA GASTO SA SCHOOL BUS FLEET, DIDTO UNTA SILA MANGAYO SA ACCOUNTING SECTION SA MUNISIPYO. ILA BITAW ANG MAYORIYA SA KONSEHO. DILI DINHI SA WEBSITE KAY DILI NI OPISINA SA GOBYERNO.

  6. BITAW, TULISOK!

    NIADTO BITAW PIPILA KA MGA BULAN ANG NANGAGI, NAKITA NATO NGA DALI RA KAAYO SILA MAKAKUHA UG MGA DATUS GIKAN SA OPISINA SA BUDGET, TREASURER, ACOUNTANT UG MPDC SA MUNISIPYO KAY BUHONG MAN NING ILANG MGA LABAW PANAHON NGA ANG BANDIDO ESPINA PA ANG NAGKUPOT SA NAVAL.

    MODAWAT UG DAGKONG SALAPI BISAN DILI NILA SININGTAN ARON MOLINGIW SA MGA BINUHATAN SA BANDIDO. MAKAUUWAW GAYUD UNTA KAY PAGKAKLARO RABA GAYUD NGA NANGLUSOT ANG MGA ANOMALOSO NGA MGA TRANSAKSYON NGA WALA LANG SILA BISAN GAMAY NGA OPOSISYON O PAGSAWAY.

    KINING ILANG GIDINAWAT ILA RABA PUD NGA GIPAKAAON, GIGASTO UG GIPAESKWELA SA ILANG MGA ANAK. AMBOT LANG UG MAY KARMA BA KAHA NI.

    AMBOT LANG GAYUD.

    BITAW, AYAW LANG PUD UNTA PANGGABA-I ANG MGA BATA KAY ANG GINIKANAN RABA ANG MAY ATRASO SA KATAWHAN.

  7. Sakto kamo Tulisok ug Repormist Pod

    Ngano man intawon nga sige man ning mga Espina blogger ug bagotbot bahin aning bus project ni Glenn nga naa man na ug nagdagan ug nakita sa katawhan..

    Samtang hilom sila kaayo sa sobrang kadakong salapi ang nahanaw daw bola sa mga inutang sa Gobernor ug sa kanhing Naval Mayor Espina…

    Ang ilang huna nga ang mga Biliranon dili kadumdom sa kadako kaayong kantidad nga sila mismo ang magsige ug bayad ana.. Dili lang ang ilang mga anak kundi uban ang ilang mahimong mga apo ang magbinayad ana… Maayo unta kung naay klaro nga proyekto nga makita.. puro man lang intawon klabera ug puro dili tapos.. naay tapos pero usa lang ka bagyo ang ninglabay gidanas dayon pagkapuskag sama sa RORO port de Kawayan…

    Sobrang kadakong kantidad ang ilang giwaldas… kulang ang proyektong gihimo..ASA NA MAN Intawon ang SOP ug kickback ipahamutang ani?

    Dili kami moingon nga kiwkiwan kining pamilyaha pero asa man ang proyektong dapat kompleto man sama sa kompletong kantidad nga giutang..

    Karon kay eleksyon na man halos sila tanan kulang nalang ang ilang suluguon sa mansiyon pakandidatuhon isig SP aron lamang makaseguro nga daghan silang YES SIR ug YEs MAANM sa goverment service.

    Ang akong personal nga panuyo aning akong blog simple lang ihaplak diri tanan ug unsay gigastusan aning minilyon or dool na ma bilyon nga giutang… TAg pila ang among pag bayad ana kay bisag wala kami kabalo intawon uban man kami sa pagbayad ana.. Kinsay ningdatog samot aning pangutang? Dili kaha makarma kining pamilyaha sa ilang ginabuhat nga dautan para sa mga masang Biliranon? Unsa man itawon pod ang ibayad sa mga isang kahig isang tukang biliranon nga dapat gitagaan sila ug panahon ug prebilieho sa ninglingkod nga ESpina to grow economicall through the basic services that they ought to receive…. NADA as in ZERO pero kung tawo ka ni ESPINA seguro busog ka kaayos tanan labi na gud pag panahon ug eleksyon… PAANO Kaming di niya mga tao? Maayo kung dili kami apil sa pagbayad anang mga gipangutang? GOD SEES THE TRUTH BUT WAITS.

  8. To all Biliranons
    All Bloggers
    All Freedom Fighters
    All Biliranons abroad
    All Biliranons Youth

    Once again, we have come to the second very crucial stage in our battle to save Biliran from the clutches of the Espina family and their cohorts, who have continued to put their own personal interests over and above the interests and betterment of Biliran.

    The 2007 battle was significant as it allowed us to choose Rep Glenn Chong as the Representative of the Lone District of Biliran, Mayor Susan Parilla, Mayor of Naval, Mayor Noel M Albelda of Maripipi, Mayor Floresca Delante of Caibiran and a small number of members of the Sangguniang Bayan of their respective municipalities. It was a hard won battle as we have succeeded to install people who started to introduce changes that will deliver long term benefits for Biliran.

    Unfortunately, our gains in 2007 were only the beginning of our struggle to rebuild Biliran. The gains would have been greater and the momentum of change faster if we have given Rep Glenn Chong a solid team to work with. In his first 3 years of office, Rep Glenn Chong and his team have proven, without a doubt, that if you have good intentions in your heart, many things can be accomplished.

    The main stumbling block is the continued arrogance of Gov Roger Espina to recognize the authority of Rep Chong and refusal to work with him. Instead, using his numbers in the Sangguniang Panlalawigan and Sangguniang Bayan under Bando Espina, He has embarked on massive unplanned spending spree using Biliran’s share of the IRA, local revenue generated by the province and most importantly debilitating loans from various sources that will see his successor buried in debts that will probably take 3 terms to repay. The sad thing is that all these are done devoid of public consultation, transparency, and accountability. As expected, the projects that were supposedly funded by the above revenues were either nonexistent, incomplete or of inferior quality.

    Amidst this scenario, we need to take the second step. The second major step we have to take is to elect a solid team that offers a unified direction grounded on good governance, honesty, transparency and accountability. A unified direction, working within the parameters of a master plan and executed by a team, working together to achieve what has never been achieve in the last 15 years of Espina control. It is not enough that we have 1 or 2 or 3 well meaning leaders to do the job. The task is too big and difficult, that we cannot just saddle a few people with the responsibility. We need a working team of qualified people with the interests of Biliran in their hearts, not their own.

    The Espina had the numbers in SP but they used it to get what they want to satisfy their personal interests. They control the SP and the SB’s of most municipalities to put up a blockade against projects and initiatives that Rep Chong would have preferred to work together with. The Espina family used their numbers to demonstrate their political might instead of using their numbers to work for the betterment of Biliran. They have offered Biliran to all major political parties who care to offer money in return for their support. They have prostituted government institutions by labelling them as pro-Espina or Anti-Espina thereby creating unwanted divisions which fuelled lack of cooperation to any projects initiated by Rep Glenn Chong.

    We need a working team who shares the same vision, enthusiasm for change and the political will to accomplish it. Back in 2007, we fought a hard battle against a political dynasty that was prepared to do anything to keep their stronghold of Biliran. Yes, the issue of political dynasty was one of our battle cry. In 2010, nothing has changed; the Espina Dynasty is once again hell bent on re-imposing their family rule in Biliran. As I have mentioned in my posts on the thread “Political Dynasties” discussed on this site, the problem facing Biliran now is the return of five members of the Espina Dynasty. A political dynasty, which controlled Biliran for the last 15 years. Please take note that in spite of the significant win in 2007, the Espina Dynasty, in a sense, still controls Biliran as they have the numbers in SP and SBs.

    You may ask, why do we need to field a son and father team? Isn’t that in a way creating another political dynasty? In one way, yes there is a possibility. But isn’t it easier to monitor two who has demonstrated in so short a time their genuine intention to bring in better benefits to Biliran than going through the whole wasted experience of 5 members of the Espina family for the last 15 years?

    I say let us give Rep Glenn Chong, Charlie Chong and their team the benefit of the doubt. Let us build a stronger team that work together with a common goal. We have already experienced 15 years of Espina Dynasty’s abuses of power and excesses of their lifestyles which they can hardly explain where they get the money from?

    What I am proposing is for us to elect the whole team. Let us elect the team led by Rep Glenn Chong from Congressman down to SB members of each and every municipality. Let us give Glenn the means to accomplish projects that would should been completed in the last 15 years, without burying us in debilitating debts which our children and our children’s children will be saddled with the responsibility to pay.

    Let us not just elect a Governor but rather all members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan from the same team. Let us not just elect a Mayor, but rather elect all members of the Sangguniang Bayan from the same team.

    Let us vote straight and build the teams we need so badly. Let us cast our votes for the team whose allegiance is to Biliran and to the Biliranons. At this stage in Biliran’s history, The team offered by Rep Glenn Chong is the team we have to have. Let us do our share by helping build the team. Let us give Rep Glenn Chong a majority government. A minority government is saddled with obstructions as what we have experienced since 2007 to present.

    Let us take the second crucial step. Let us help build a stronger team. Let us vote straight Rep Glenn Chong’s team. Let us take the second crucial step, remove the Espinas from Biliran’s political landscape and restore political balance. It is only in doing so, that we can encourage other well meaning and qualified Biliranons to come out and volunteer their services in the succeeding elections.

    Let us join Glenn and Charlie Chong and their team in their philanthropic exercise to emancipate Biliranons from poverty and provide Biliranons with the opportunity to live decent, healthy and happy lives.

    Let us vote straight

  9. to
    To all Biliranons
    All Bloggers
    All Freedom Fighters
    All Biliranons abroad
    All Biliranons Youth

    Once again, we have come to the second very crucial stage in our battle to save Biliran from the clutches of the Espina family and their cohorts, who have continued to put their own personal interests over and above the interests and betterment of Biliran.

    The 2007 battle was significant as it allowed us to choose Rep Glenn Chong as the Representative of the Lone District of Biliran, Mayor Susan Parilla, Mayor of Naval, Mayor Noel M Albelda of Maripipi, Mayor Floresca Delante of Caibiran and a small number of members of the Sangguniang Bayan of their respective municipalities. It was a hard won battle as we have succeeded to install people who started to introduce changes that will deliver long term benefits for Biliran.

    Unfortunately, our gains in 2007 were only the beginning of our struggle to rebuild Biliran. The gains would have been greater and the momentum of change faster if we have given Rep Glenn Chong a solid team to work with. In his first 3 years of office, Rep Glenn Chong and his team have proven, without a doubt, that if you have good intentions in your heart, many things can be accomplished.

    The main stumbling block is the continued arrogance of Gov Roger Espina to recognize the authority of Rep Chong and refusal to work with him. Instead, using his numbers in the Sangguniang Panlalawigan and Sangguniang Bayan under Bando Espina, He has embarked on massive unplanned spending spree using Biliran’s share of the IRA, local revenue generated by the province and most importantly debilitating loans from various sources that will see his successor buried in debts that will probably take 3 terms to repay. The sad thing is that all these are done devoid of public consultation, transparency, and accountability. As expected, the projects that were supposedly funded by the above revenues were either nonexistent, incomplete or of inferior quality.

    Amidst this scenario, we need to take the second step. The second major step we have to take is to elect a solid team that offers a unified direction grounded on good governance, honesty, transparency and accountability. A unified direction, working within the parameters of a master plan and executed by a team, working together to achieve what has never been achieve in the last 15 years of Espina control. It is not enough that we have 1 or 2 or 3 well meaning leaders to do the job. The task is too big and difficult, that we cannot just saddle a few people with the responsibility. We need a working team of qualified people with the interests of Biliran in their hearts, not their own.

    The Espina had the numbers in SP but they used it to get what they want to satisfy their personal interests. They control the SP and the SB’s of most municipalities to put up a blockade against projects and initiatives that Rep Chong would have preferred to work together with. The Espina family used their numbers to demonstrate their political might instead of using their numbers to work for the betterment of Biliran. They have offered Biliran to all major political parties who care to offer money in return for their support. They have prostituted government institutions by labelling them as pro-Espina or Anti-Espina thereby creating unwanted divisions which fuelled lack of cooperation to any projects initiated by Rep Glenn Chong.

    We need a working team who shares the same vision, enthusiasm for change and the political will to accomplish it. Back in 2007, we fought a hard battle against a political dynasty that was prepared to do anything to keep their stronghold of Biliran. Yes, the issue of political dynasty was one of our battle cry. In 2010, nothing has changed; the Espina Dynasty is once again hell bent on re-imposing their family rule in Biliran. As I have mentioned in my posts on the thread “Political Dynasties” discussed on this site, the problem facing Biliran now is the return of five members of the Espina Dynasty. A political dynasty, which controlled Biliran for the last 15 years. Please take note that in spite of the significant win in 2007, the Espina Dynasty, in a sense, still controls Biliran as they have the numbers in SP and SBs.

    You may ask, why do we need to field a son and father team? Isn’t that in a way creating another political dynasty? In one way, yes there is a possibility. But isn’t it easier to monitor two who has demonstrated in so short a time their genuine intention to bring in better benefits to Biliran than going through the whole wasted experience of 5 members of the Espina family for the last 15 years?

    I say let us give Rep Glenn Chong, Charlie Chong and their team the benefit of the doubt. Let us build a stronger team that work together with a common goal. We have already experienced 15 years of Espina Dynasty’s abuses of power and excesses of their lifestyles which they can hardly explain where they get the money from?

    What I am proposing is for us to elect the whole team. Let us elect the team led by Rep Glenn Chong from Congressman down to SB members of each and every municipality. Let us give Glenn the means to accomplish projects that would should been completed in the last 15 years, without burying us in debilitating debts which our children and our children’s children will be saddled with the responsibility to pay.

    Let us not just elect a Governor but rather all members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan from the same team. Let us not just elect a Mayor, but rather elect all members of the Sangguniang Bayan from the same team.

    Let us vote straight and build the teams we need so badly. Let us cast our votes for the team whose allegiance is to Biliran and to the Biliranons. At this stage in Biliran’s history, The team offered by Rep Glenn Chong is the team we have to have. Let us do our share by helping build the team. Let us give Rep Glenn Chong a majority government. A minority government is saddled with obstructions as what we have experienced since 2007 to present.

    Let us take the second crucial step. Let us help build a stronger team. Let us vote straight Rep Glenn Chong’s team. Let us take the second crucial step, remove the Espinas from Biliran’s political landscape and restore political balance. It is only in doing so, that we can encourage other well meaning and qualified Biliranons to come out and volunteer their services in the succeeding elections.

    Let us join Glenn and Charlie Chong and their team in their philanthropic exercise to emancipate Biliranons from poverty and provide Biliranons with the opportunity to live decent, healthy and happy lives.

    Let us vote straight

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