“The more we can organize, find and manage information, the more effectively we can function in our modern world.” –Vint Cerf
The ongoing reshuffling and reorganization of key government positions should not be treated as a “tidal wave” or “major event.” Many new administrations across the country are currently experiencing such changes—reassignments are normal. However, what is not normal (and should be denounced) are vindictive officials who lower the boom on employees associated with their rivals and fire them.
If reassigned, the employee can at least retain a salary and their families will not starve but it’s another story if they are summarily dismissed.
In government service, sometimes it’s best to refrain from making a mountain out of a molehill.
The news of the Panay Electric Company (PECO) filing criminal cases against Western Visayas presidential consultant Jane Javellana Jane Javellana, Dr. Marigold T. Gonzalez, and former Iloilo City councilors Joshua Alim and Plaridel Nava came like a loud thud.
In particular, the timing is rather striking. PECO administrative manager Marcelo U. Cacho filed the cases on June 27 and the media screamed in unison the following day; it is very rare the news of a case being filed to receive such immediate attention (unless it was delivered as a flash report from a press conference).
Even if the accused are found not guilty, the purpose of informing the public of the key players was already accomplished.
Despite Police Brigadier General John Bulalacao turning over the Police Regional Office-6 directorship to Police Brigadier General Rene Pamuspusan, the Philippine National Police has yet to respond to the alleged recruitment drive in Calinog, Iloilo to enlist with the “Royal Maharlika Tribes 1-Nation.”
In a column published last month entitled “Ilonggos recruited for ‘Maharlika Tribes,’” the questions were posed; is there a separate state governing within the borders of the Philippines? Are the police and military turning a blind eye to the supposed enlistment of a private army?
Alex P. Vidal, who is now based in New York City, used to be the editor of two local dailies in Iloilo./WDJ