Alfonso Castañeda,NV: SUV country

Highest SUV per capita in RP

Alfonso Castañeda may just be a fourth-class municipality of Nueva Vizcaya province, but its officials ride around in first class.

The municipal government may soon find itself under investigation by the Office of the Ombudsman for buying 18 sports utility vehicles worth 24 million pesos including two Toyota Fortuners, the SUV for douchebags.

The purchases, not yet approved by the Nueva Vizcaya Provincial Board, have raised eyebrows in the mountainous province.

“The purchase is already in itself highly questionable because we do not believe that spending P24 million for SUVs is a priority,” a member of the Provincial Board said.

Nueva Vizcaya vice governor Jose Gambito asked the board not to make mountains of molehills, though. He said that while town officials are using the SUVs, “there is yet no indication that [Alfonso Castañeda officials] have already paid for the vehicles.”

So, basically, Alfonso Castañeda’s local politicians could be riding around in stolen property. That’s alright, then.

24 Comments

  1. It can be fought by spending, and spending alone, apparently. Being a consumption-driven, and not a manufacturing-driven,economy, we really have no choice.

  2. ang mga politiko, politiko lang, d naman sila pwedeng gumawa ng mga bagay na labag sa batas ng ganun ganun lang. natural may mga iba pang nakinabang na di lang masyadong nagpapahalata….. lalo na kung ganyang milyon milyon na….. jaja….. napakadaming cases sa pilipinas kung tungkol sa kurapsyon lang…. pero walang nalulutas…. paano lahat naman sila… un ang totoo……

  3. Tama ka miss judith! ang politiko, politiko lang na di cla pwedeng gumawa ng bagay na labag sa batas na ganun ganun lang! saka at least ang mga SUV na yan ng Castaneda, mga tao ng Castaneda ang nakikinabang din lang dahil pinamudmud yan sa ibang mga barangay na nasa malalayo,.saka kung talaga rin lang sila bakit yan lang ang nailabas na talagang ganyang isyu sa castaneda!? Eh kung tutuusin mas malalaki pang halaga, Milyun milyun, bilyun pa nga ang talagang naibulsa nung previous administration! at ni wala kang makita man lang nuon na naipatayung building bagong building! at least ngaun marami kang makikita na pagbabago sa tatlong panahong panunungkulan ng administrasyun ngaun kesa nuon na 6 na taon na pinanungkulan nung isa eh wala kang makita ni isang magandang nang yari! ultimu sweldo ng mga empleyado noon eh nawawala pa, meron nga nuon ung mga empleyado hindi sumusweldo ng dalawang buwan! huks!!!!! ang sabihin nila di nila kayang ibalita ng ganyan ung nagdaang isa kasi napakayaman niya! marami xang naibulsa! kahit mag embistiga pa cila at tanungin ang bawat tao na nakatira sa bayan na yan ng castaneda!

  4. Tama ka miss judith! tama ka!… saka at least ang mga SUV na yan ng Castaneda, mga tao ng Castaneda ang nakikinabang din lang dahil pinamudmud yan sa ibang mga barangay na nasa malalayo,.saka kung talaga rin lang sila bakit yan lang ang nailabas na talagang ganyang isyu sa castaneda!? Eh kung tutuusin mas malalaki pang halaga, Milyun milyun, bilyun pa nga ang talagang naibulsa nung previous administration! at ni wala kang makita man lang nuon na naipatayung building bagong building! at least ngaun marami kang makikita na pagbabago sa tatlong panahong panunungkulan ng administrasyun ngaun kesa nuon na 6 na taon na pinanungkulan nung isa eh wala kang makita ni isang magandang nang yari! ultimu sweldo ng mga empleyado noon eh nawawala pa, meron nga nuon ung mga empleyado hindi sumusweldo ng dalawang buwan! huks!!!!! ang sabihin nila di nila kayang ibalita ng ganyan ung nagdaang isa kasi napakayaman niya! marami xang naibulsa! kahit mag embistiga pa cila at tanungin ang bawat tao na nakatira sa bayan na yan ng castaneda!

  5. Corruption is deeply rooted here in our beloved country because of our culture. Us being forgiving(or forgetful), us being a fatalistic passive(bahala na) people, us being conformists.

    F.Sionil Jose pointed out one of our good traits, which is us being a brave race,and us having the ability to undertake revolutions and uprisings against a common enemy.

    Problema natin eh ang ating bulok na kultura.
    If we want to change for the better, we must uproot this problem first.Rebolusyon!

  6. @amanda: so, okay lang na may binili silang mga SUV sa halagang P24 million na hindi aprubado ng sanggunian dahil…mas masahol pa yung dating liderato?

  7. ……………… IN A DEMOCRACY, THE PEOPLE GOT THE GOVERNMENT THEY DESERVE……………… shakespeare????????? thomas jefferson?????????????

  8. sa mga nag comment… may tag castaneda ba dito? amanda has a point. and may certain rules and regulations naman to be followed ang lgus.

    try visiting the place, or even try staying in the place for certain period… observe… and then everything will be justified. sabi nila “choose the lesser evil”, yup compared sa dati, as in totally walang output, puro ghost projects.

    ang legality ng purchase ng suvs, lets leave it to the appropriate persons, importante dito may kwenta ang kinapuntahan kesa sa bulsa ng iilan.

    and even there’s more to come. manawa kayo ng kaka criticize, at least in this administration, nag ka water system ang castaneda, nadagdagan ang classrooms, tumino ang mun. bldg, nag ka fire truck and more more more…

  9. So, you’re saying we should let the LGU have 24 million pesos worth of SUVs because it’s better than nothing?

    How do these SUVs benefit the community? Does it give them bragging rights or something?

    Philippine politics has been about choosing the lesser evil when it shouldn’t be.
    The lesser evil is still pretty evil evil evil…

  10. @onetamad… So, from your name itself, your views are reflected… Do you have a better option? Don’t criticize someone if you have no “better option”.

    Your question: “How do these SUVs benefit the community? Does it give them bragging rights or something?” Yes, they freakin’ do… try living there… then you’ll understand why. And if you are not satisfied, better run for the position of mayor and spread the virus of a “perfect” governance 🙂

  11. @castanedan They have made 24 million purchase that is not approved by the board. Whatever good intentions they have, that is against the law and deserves, at the very least, an investigation.

    You can argue lesser evils and gray areas all you want but this seems like a pretty clear cut violation of due process.

    And for what? Toyota Fortuners? Jesus Christ. Those things are shit. At least have the decency to use the ill-gotten money to buy good SUVs.

  12. Are bragging rights a public good?

    A better option would be to, I don’t know, not spend public money on unauthorized purchases? I’m just guessing here.

  13. why not to us them first? ………………………………………………………
    baka naman may good reason sila .. .. hirap kasi nagjudge tayo kaagad …sa ngayon mas nakakabuting pasyal kayo ngaun dun atleast may matatawanag development or improvement kaugnay ng sinasabing pagbili ng( suv)… tsaka maraming din nakikinabang dun, di lang iisa…see””””””’

  14. wow??? good din naman para sa akin kahit papano may suv na sa casta …dati kasi nun wala ka pang makita.iisa lang kaya identify muna kung sino sakay nun ,atleast nagyon marami na ang nakikinabang and nakakatulong yun naman , di lang ninyo napapnsin…kumpara nun ,ewan kung saan pupulutin ang mga tao dun…..

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