How to bury your dead in Angeles if you are poor

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By Max Sangil

For the Record

Sunday, March 23, 2014

SAVING Cudia -- While readers all over the country might have lose their appetite on the news regarding the dismissal of Arayat homegrown First Class Cadet Aldrin Cudia, yet his cabalens are calling our congressmen to initiate an investigation.

I like what my friend Mon Tulfo wrote in his Philippine Daily Inquirer column last week. He said the violation of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) honor code for cadets was misplaced.

'How did Cudia harm his fellow cadets when he lied', Tulfo asked. In short he was saying that if Cudia stole and cheated there will be harm to fellow cadets, but in his case no harm was done.


The Investigation -- There is a need for a congressional probe. The investigation should center on the pressure allegedly applied on one cadet to change his vote from not guilty to guilty. One not guilty vote could have save Cudia. And was it deliberate to include a mistah in the nine man jury who competes with Cudia in the top three rankings. More will be unearthed if Congressman Oscar Rodriguez will initiate the congressional probe.

Obituary -- Two good friends this week went up to heaven to get their rewards. Former City of San Fernando Councilor Mario "Marga" Garcia and Dr. Ruben Maniago long time serving councilor of Angeles City, both in their sixties kicked their buckets last Wednesday.

Marga used to run a numbers game from the seventies till the nineties and made a fortune, till he lose shirts in the casinos and reduced to being an "area associate" and managed the local lottery. He helped a lot of people and never refused help to anyone knocking in his door.

Melchor Caluag was a understudy and godchild of Marga. Caluag now is a rich businessman after he invested his saving to different enterprises.

Marga was a neighbor for sometime in L&S subdivision in Sto. Domingo in Angeles City and spent time on some weekends there. He bought a large farm in Barangay Sinura in my hometown of Porac and seems was happy with his semi-retirement. Now he is finally rested.

Everybody's Friend -- Doc Benjie Maniago was one person whom you really want to be a friend. He was nice, kind, gentle and generous. He spent most his professional life as EENT physician at the Henson Clinic. His boss Dr. Ruben Henson instead of closing the clinic on Sundays, acted on Doc Benjie's request to have it open for the latter to treat poor patients gratis.

We were colleagues in the Angeles City Council. We were inseparable in the nineties, and blazed the campaign trails in 1998 local elections. He was forever shy and only spoke for two minutes on stage but he kept winning a seat. He lost in his last outings because he was already weak, can't hardly speak and wasn't able to visit his beer drinking friends in almost all corners of the city. He was not rewarded a seat in the city council, but I am sure there is a reserved room for him in heaven.

Funeral Procession -- Imagine the police stopping a funeral procession in Angeles City because the grieving family members and the mourners are walking. The original ordinance proposed by Councilor Amos Rivera is not to allow to walk in burying their dead but it should be motorized and the procession should be at the speed of 35 to 40 kilometers per hour, traffic permitting.

The traffic congestion in the city might have motivated Rivera to come up with this measure, and it took some executive sessions to have the ordinance finally passed after the proponents agreed to the amendment proposed by the three-man minority bloc in the council. And that is for the city government to provide burial expense for the dead kin of families duly certified by the city social welfare office as poor.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on March 24, 2014.


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