Ombudsman reversed its earlier resolution on administrative charges which dismissed acting Marcos (Ilocos Norte) mayor Rofel Pambid from the government service, hence, he was unseated by DILG. Now, the Ombudsman’s latest decision exonerated Pambid from the charges. In short, Pambid may be reinstated to his post now being occupied by acting Mayor Allan Coloma. Pambid’s bright lawyer Reynaldo Corpuz shared with him the sweet victory, legal battle-wise. In the same Ombudsman resolution, former Marcos town mayor Salvador Pillos, a co-accused, was likewise vindicated as claimed by his brilliant lawyer Ferdinand Ignacio.
Rev. Father Cesar Gutierrez, a Catholic parish priest of Davila, Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte, felt the Lord gave him a new lease of life after he narrowly escaped a car accident. Aside from his slightly hurt driver, he and his two sacristans miraculously survived the horrible road accident in Caruan, Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte last Oct. 10, 2017. He repeatedly prayed “Jesus, Jesus” when a wayward 10-wheeler truck rammed the car they were riding in and dragged it 10 meters away.
Allacapan, Cagayan under the state of calamity due to a havoc wrought by typhoon Odette. In Ilocos Norte, the storm fury was slightly felt although there were reports of isolated incidents of landslide, flooding, and agriculture crops damages. Pagasa erred in its earlier weather forecast when it reported Odette would also hard hit Laoag City after its landfall in Sta. Ana, Cagayan. Nobody is perfect anyway.
Priests and human rights groups have “appreciated” President Duterte’s decision transferring the sole role of war on drugs from the police to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA). Our very own police provincial director in Ilocos Norte, S/S JoeMel Nartatez Jr. was too quick to air his command’s support to Prez DU30’s decision. At the early stage of Oplan Tokhang, the PD had a heart-to-heart dialogue with Laoag Diocese Bishop Renato Mayugba and his priestly staff. No doubt, the war on drugs drive (WODD) here exacted a very minimal death toll.
From the Pines City, our provincemate Atty. John Paul Martin, now Comelec registrar of Baguio, shared an information that in case beleaguered Comelec chair Andy Bautista resigns now, two personalities were rumored in the shortlist of possible choice–Ilocos Norte Congressman Rudy C. Farinas and presidential legal adviser Atty. Salvador Panelo. Rep. RCF’s favorite punchline is “Abangan ang susunod na kabanata”.#