By: Modesto Sa-onoy

GRANT me a little space. Today is the feast day of St. Augustine, the Bishop of Hippo and Doctor of the Church. To the Augustinians and their schools and institutions our greetings and best wishes that in this Year of Faith, the Augustinian spirit that brought and nurtured the Catholic Faith to the Philippines, particularly in Negros will flourish the more.

We owe a lot to the Augustinians but I will write about this on Saturday (Aug 31).

Now let’s go to the matter at hand.

I had mentioned names and will be mentioning more and to be fair, I am asking those cited by informants to respond if the information are incorrect.

I had one caller who said that the distance of the Phase III pipeline from Granada to Lopez-Jaena is not four kilometers according to an earlier informant but seven kilometers. The early information claimed that the pipes were not connected and have no water was corroborated.

As I said earlier, the best option for the present Board of Directors of Baciwa to put an end to this speculation is to order the inspection of this pipeline. If proven that indeed the seven kilometers of pipes are not connected to each other and do not deliver any water, then the Board has the duty to suspend the involved Baciwa employees and file charges.

The amount involved (P560 million) and the gravity of the offense (falsification and conspiracy) constitute plunder and the Board is bound to perform its duty to safeguard the interest of the government.

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