Issue of February 22, 2015
Mt. Province

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Will Aliping abide by any CA verdict?

The countdown begins on whether or not Rep. Nicasio Aliping Jr. will be able to retain the property he is claiming to be his own in Mt. Sto. Tomas with the Court of Appeals expected to hand out its verdict a few weeks from now.

If the petitioners for a Writ of Kalikasan would have their way, Aliping would be compelled to vacate the place in addition to bankrolling part of the expenses in rehabilitating the damaged mountain areas and water sources.

In other words, he will have to kiss goodbye forevermore any dream of establishing a “nature and adventure site” as he unveiled in a May 29, 2012 meeting with the municipal council of Tuba. His critics say it was actually a casino he was planning up there but that is putting words into his mouth and remains a gossip that cannot pass on as news without a credible source.

So one can understand why Aliping rejected a proposed consent decree proffered by the petitioners that would have amicably settled the issue.

Aliping actually appeared twice before the municipal council and in the first mentioned of 16 plus hectares as site of the proposed Kabuyao Cliff Nature and Adventure Site. In this meeting, he revealed that below this area, his elder brother acquired more or less 90 hectares of land.

Minutes of both meetings indicated no opposition to his plan. In fact, one councilor was placed on record as having thanked the congressman for promoting Tuba.

Hence, the congressman probably knew that the municipal council will not move against him, in the manner of a folksinger who thought that town folks could be had literally for a song.

The petition for a Writ of Kalikasan must have come unexpected and unlike the Presidential Decree 705 cases that were taking a long time to resolve, this one must be resolved in 60 days.

The question remains: Will Aliping abide by any forthcoming CA decision?

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With some degree of agility still left in the tank, it came as a jolt that part of my day-to-day responsibility as a granddad is to chaperon one “back subject” to nursery school as I refer to my third grandchild.

One “back subject” speaks Kankanaey but this one speaks Tagalog and after classes, some passable English depending on whom she plays with. I should smile.

More than 15 years ago while waiting for a ride beside a school in the South, I remembered this grandma who chaperoned his grandson to school. Before seeing the kid through the gate, she advised her in English to proceed directly to class.

But on the way, the kid was distracted and had one foot slipping on the sidewalk canal, muddying one shoe.

The grandma noticed and right away berated the kid: “I told you not go to, but you go to, now look at!”

With my grandkid, I think my grammar is on a better footing at least but I must concede her school was teaching her how to pronounce correctly the alphabets, a luxury most of my generation missed. Now I cannot help listening with amusement as she pronounces the alphabets with ease, with me repeating the alphabets. Learn while you can old man, I told myself, the times they are a-changing.

She has a classmate named Uzaiah (Afo nen Cecilio Villena shi Cabanao) who speaks good English and several others who are just as good and who do not take advantage of the facility to bully other kids as one gets to encounter occasionally.

In my wishful thinking, I thought of bringing the kids back to my father’s hole in the mountain to teach them how to snare birds, cook potatoes on the ground, gather edible mushrooms, pick up blue berries and bathe on the creek with white clay as shampoo, and above all, to learn the dialect.

But school beckons for now, and poor lolo, a.k.a. daddy Jimmy like lolo Winston Chicay must have keep up to the task, aray.

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