Sorsogon City Mayor’s staff tagged as syndicate mastermind of fake franchise

Sorsogon City Government Building. Photo courtesy:
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By Felix ‘Boy’ Espineda, Jr.

SORSOGON CITY ( Nov. 2011)- In a jampacked session, the fourth City Council last Tuesday, opened the pandora box full of fake franchises issued to tricycle owners that pinpointed to Jose Pura Jr., chief of the permit and licensing section of the Office of the City Mayor here, as the official responsible for the invalid transactions.

The atmosphere was tense and unforgiving as seen in the faces of the 230 victims who paid to middlemen in contact with the permit official as high as forty thousand pesos to secure a Motorized Tricycle Operators Permit without the corresponding city sidecar plate that identifies the granting of franchise.

Taking the complaint in the plenary, East District Councilor Victorino Daria III who exposed the anomalous transaction presented fifteen victims who delivered a coup de grace against Jose Pura Jr., Randy Reales a smart than you think tricycle driver and Jose “Toots” Desunia, president of Poblacion Tricycle Operators Drivers Association (PTODA) as the persons who allegedly connived with one another in processing the transactions. Desunia, taking the stand as if a harass lamb, received commission for every transaction he entered with Pura. At the session, also presented was Ruel Jintalan a subordinate of Pura who denied any participation in the issuance of MTOP’s.

After their testimonies, Randy Reales when queried by this writer, revealed that he received not less than two thousand pesos per transaction and admitted that Jintalan, aside from Pura, is one of those whom they transacted to facilitate issuance of MTOP. Jintalan on his part denied personally to Bicol that he did not receive any amount to secure an MTOP among the victims of the syndicate. Jose ‘Toots’ Desunia’s PTODA group was allocated 160 MTOPs and likewise admitted that he facilitated the issuance of the same through Jose Pura, Jr. and received a fat commission of not less than two thousand pesos per MTOP released by the permits and licensing section.

The illegal activity was brought in the open when Daria III in his privilege speech two sessions ago promising to present witnesses and that his allegation is not a mere hearsay cracks the wall of silence last Tuesday. Witness after witness points the paper trail to the desk of Pura that most were facilitated either by Reales and Desunia. The illegal transaction as estimated netted the operators close to two million pesos and the dealers earned more than two hundred thousand each.

The problem now is how to rectify the wrongs created by the swindling act of Jose Pura. When treated by the plenary, Councilor Pedro Ravanilla in a show of a real politico offered solution that they plan to open the franchise application giving priority to the victims of the franchise syndicate, which was nip in the bud by Councilor Daria, reminding his West District counterpart that he authored an ordinance during the third city council limiting the number of allowable franchise and it carries a moratorium of five years from date of approval before additional franchises can be allocated.

The MTOP issued by Pura and his cohorts are without authority from the city council thus considered null and void and illegal thereby classifying the units as colorums.Unverified information revealed that Pura is living way beyond his means.

The fate of Pura and the others who might be involved hinge this Friday, in a special session for the purpose. Pura’s request for an executive session to spare him and his family from further ridicule was opposed by Councilor Daria noting that the public has the right to know the extent of the influence of the permits and license syndicate at the city hall. (

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  1. This an awakening for those who are holding a public office. Any deceitful acts, any waywardness, there will always be a hard consequence, and usually is it oftentimes greater than the offense made. So any one who are called to serve must thinks twice, though the allurements of the huge profit is very inviting,

    We have to consider God does not tolerate wrong doing no matter how long yoú’ve been enjoying its previledge.There is nothing that is hidden from, and nothing that is out of His reach. God oftentimes uses people, to reveal those secret in the dark, and we appreciate those people who are courageous enough to expose such irregularities, although by doing so means jumping to the Lions den. i believe that this SCAM is not singled out to just one , two or three people, there could be a big fish to swallowed them up for a shelter. We need some honest to goodness people, and we know there ‘s only few of them you can find, to keep tract on the transparency of governance in the public service.

    This large sum of money could have been used up to increase the revenues of the growing population of sorsoguenous, The poorest among the poor can also benefit from it. But the trend now is they are always the victim because of this crooked people who are serving their own interest and according to the interest of their belly. Go away from this people they are cancers of the society, no remedy,

    Prevention is better than cure, Someone should be responsible to keep tract that the affairs of the populace are well taken care of, and that they shoudl always be directed on the correct process and legalities, Ang hilig sa mga “colorum”where they can be allowed to obtain for a legal one. Its the reason why we are always left behind, even in the infrustructures.

    Temptations will always be there because we are in this evil world, but we should be strong enough to shun evil, knowing that the conseqquence of evils and deceitfullness is always greater than the amount that you have benefited.

    My thanks for allowing me to respond to this article.

  2. This is an awakening for all those who are holding offices as a public servant. In every act of deceitfullness, or waywardness, the consequence will always be greater than what you think..

    There will be no secret that is not always revealed though how long it may seems to take,God sees everything that is not beyond His reach. He always use people to reveal the secret of the unjust. Away from these people who are covetuous, serving their own interest, serving their own lust, who always gives way to the temptations.

    Their heart are calloused not sensing anymore promptings of what is good and right. This act of betrayal of public trust, i believe is not singled out to just one or two, or three men, there is always a big fish who shallowed them up, for a shelter.

    This huge amount of revenues could have beenused up for the growing up population of sorsoguenous, allocated for the benefit of poorest among the poor. My appreciation for those people who are working honest to goodness, and courageous enough to expose such irregularities though by doing so, it means jumping to the lions den.Such are the people called to serve, making God their employer, not wasting their time, making everyday counts, assisting poor victims rather making the poor always the victims, and taking advantage of their innocense.

    We need people who are responsible to keep tract on this array of people who are serving public offices, konti lang ina sila na mga honesto.Let’s keep Sorsogon, something we can be proud of… Temptations will be always there, i believe because this world is evil, But we need people who fear God, and who believes that in every action we take God is seeing at us, and He will not tolerate wrong doing, the consequence will always be greater than the amount we gained. GB to all sorsoguenos.

    Thanking you for taking time to read, and allowing a response for this article.


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