by Vladimir Ramon B. Frivaldo
After almost nine months the Sorsogon loan is still in purgatory.
The continued delay in the release of the controversial P350.0 million loan with Land Bank of the Philippine is giving the Lee administration a big headache. This is due to the strong and determined opposition of the lone fiscalizer in the Sangguniang Panlalawigan by the grandson of late 8-term Gov. Juan Frivaldo.
The determined stand of neophyte Board Member Vladimir Ramon Frivldo regarding the gargantuan loan application was due mainly on the propriety and morality issue hounding Gov. Raul Lee and his wife Sally.
“ Are the poor people of Sorsogon still willing to trust the P350.0 million to a governor who is charged by 2 graft cases by the Ombudsman?” Frivaldo told to the organizers of the Bulusan Kontra sa Geothermal.
Last April 14, 2011, the Philippine Daily Inquirer and other national newspapers published and announced that Sorsogon Gov. Raul Lee was charged with graft by Office of the Ombudsman and filed with the Sandiganbayan for his direct involvement in the very controversial P728.0 million fertilizer fund scam.
After a month, the Office of the Ombudsman has approved the filing of second graft charges against Gov. Raul Lee and eight others in connection with the alleged anomalous implementation eight years ago of the province’s Distance Learning Center Program (DLCP) that involved a total amount of P22 million pesos in funds sourced thru LBP and PNB loans.
The May 23, 2011 Resolution of Acting Ombudsman Orlando Casimiro paved the way for the filing with the Sandiganbayan of the charges that was made to wait for more than five years after the original complaint was filed with the Ombudsman in 2006 by SPM Rebecca Aquino.
Frivaldo has been pleading and begging the governor to submit to the people of any report, findings, financial report/status whatsoever of the P260.0 million loan of former Gov. Sally Lee but he fell on deaf ears. He is also urging the poor taxpayer to ask also their governor to inform them what and how the said loan was ever realized- and much more-, used and spent.
“Lastly, I have learned that Gov. Raul R. Lee and his cohorts will continue to harass me and concentrating their efforts to expel me from office because I am a vocal fiscalizer of his administration. Even I am the lone opposition in this chamber, I will stand my ground against bullies of Sorsogon. I will continue the legacy of our old man Tata Owan fighting for the right and for the sake of our poor constituents. Dahil sa mga kasaradayan kamo talaga ang tunay na lakas ng familia Frivaldo. Hindi naming kayo malilimutan” Frivaldo or Blady to his relatives and friends in his parting words.
Two Photos and captions added by jun asuncion
Raul Lee proudly showing to his dear mentor Gloria Arroyo the havoc they have caused to the people of Sorsogon.
Raul Lee (left) with his beloved mentor, protector and supplier of liquid fertilizers.