Felix ‘Boy’ Espineda, Jr.
The giant structure with a superimposed smoke stack was never noticed by city hall occupants back then, even the wisp of the eastern breeze becomes an oily fragrance for grease money might have smoothen their skins. That’s where the mystery begins.
A sight to behold it being a neighbor of Sorsogon city hall, daily, key departments involve in its mysterious operation becomes blinded not by smog’s or the early evening dews in its sprawling ground but fact is the “buko juice factory” deliberately and willfully ignored mandated laws. The plant never stop for perhaps the grease reaches key departments of city hall. They to regulate were the first to violate. They impressed upon the factory that a barangay business permit is sufficient to operate, this was their close adviser words, were mysteriously left out on what to comply thus their mystery continued.
Adding to the mystery is the silent majority of then fourth city council, they were stymied, muted, muffled and have lost their wisdom to see the difference. Their hall echoed in silence for at that time they might be swimming in a pool of buko juice.
Transparency, accountability were practiced but not for the public good, it was a recording of how much they will receive and whose authority shall it be channeled. They were part of the symphony their chords were so strong that it bonded them to cover-up for the destruction of the environment. Regulating is not, circumventing is the thing.
The loss of their patron the last election uncovered the mystery, the succinct measures of the plant operation and the betrayal of the godfather left them holding an empty bag. Washing their hands in public they are knocking again to heavens door that nature at its best compassion bestow good graces. The public are closely watching.
Where on hell can you find that a multi-million peso venture operating under the nose of Sorsogon city hall did not secure a mayor’s permit. Why too late for them to notice, who is sleeping in the coconut shells at the factory. Whoa they say the enemy has landed wrecking havoc making us all fools. They become the new’s, it was their day to see the public straight in the eye.
The unraveling of Peter Paul Philippines Corporation mystery tops the best of corn in the fields of government deceit, connivance, abuse and greed of public officials and officers, They trip walking in their park falling in the waste water treatment pond alone regrettably. Waking-up in their stupor makes one think that they lost millions not in production but in a whimsical political game.