Romblon projects, kinuwestyon; Kudos to the National Bureau of Investigation

Gaano katotoo na bilyon-bilyong halaga ng mga government infrastructure projects ang nakatiwangwang umano sa halos 12 bayan sa Romblon dahil napabayaan daw ito ng mga contractors simula pa noong 2015?

Ibinulgar ito sa isang press conference ni Gie Roa, convenor ng Sibuyanons Around the Globe, Inc. (SAGI), na nagsabing may halos P1.5 bilyon na circumferential roads at tatlong malalaking tulay na nagkakahalaga ng P210 million sa bayan ng Cajidiocan, Magdiwang at San Fernando sa isla ng Sibuyan ang hindi pa rin daw natatapos hanggang sa ngayon.

Sabi ni Roa, ang mga government projects na ito ay ‘election promises’ noon ni dating Romblon Rep. Eleandro Madrona sa bawat bayan ng Romblon subalit matapos mai-award sa malaking contractor ito ay pina-subcontract kung saan ang mga ito ay pinabayaan na.

Nanghihinayang daw si Roa, sa pera ng mga taxpayers dahil hindi pa rin tapos ang mga proyeko na kung tutuusin ay kaya namang tapusin sa loob ng sampung buwan lamang. Umabot na daw ng halos limang taon kaya halos lahat ng construction materials nito ay nabulok na kung hindi man sira na.

Samantala, may apat na covered court pa daw sa bayan ng Romblon, Romblon na proyekto din ni Madrona ang kasalukuyang hindi ginagawa ng mga contractor natapos ng groundbreaking at butasin ang mga paglalagyan ng mga poste dahil sa kawalan ng pondo? Gaano katotoo ito? Naku ha…

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Combined agents of the Bureau of Customs and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) seized more than 153 bottles of expensive Chilean wines worth more than P600,000  in a raid at a wine store in Binondo, Manila.                             

The NBI -Intellectual Property Rights Division (NBI-IPRD) and BOC-IPD raided the Solid Wine Marketing located at Soler Street, Binondo, and confiscated several crates of the Los Vascos Le Dix wines and other expensive French wines. These wines were said to have earned high accolades with the international media and connoisseurs alike.

A bottle of said wine is worth P5,000, but the raided store is reportedly selling the expensive Chilean and French wines at lower prices,  violating the unfair competition law, according to the NBI report.                                                  

Armed with a search warrant issued by a Quezon City court, the NBI said the raid was conducted based on a  complaint from the French winemaker Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) after the  Solid Wine Marketing agreed to be the exclusive distributor of the wines.  However, the owner of the wine store is selling the wines at a  lower price in violation of unfair competition under Sec. 168 of Republic Act No. 8283 or the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines.               

“Unfair competition consists in employing deception or any other means contrary to good faith by which any person shall pass off the goods manufactured by him or in which he deals, or his business, or services for those of the one having established goodwill, or committing any acts calculated to produce such result, according to the NBI.                                                                                                         

The NBI said   Chilean wine Los Vascos Le Dix, valued at P5,000.00 per bottle, are sold at a cheaper price to the prejudice of the exclusive distributor of the wine. Other wines  seized are Los Vascos Grand Reserve, Los Vasco Cabarnet Sawignon and Blason d’ Aussieres, the NBI said.                                                                

“Domaines Barons de Rothschild is the owner of Chateau Lafite, the top Bordeaux First Growth. With the LafiteSpirit of producing high quality wines, full of finesse and elegance, Domaines Baron Rothschild acquired various vineyards in Chile (Los Vascos), Argentina (Bodegas Caro), Languedoc, France (Domaine d’ Aussieres) and Bordeaux (Lafite Legende, Reserve Speciale & Saga) and crafted wines to be distributed as daily drinking wines via exclusive country distributor,” the NBI report stated.                                                                                                   

Kudos to the NBI for giving ample protection to intellectual property rights!!

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