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Garin’s nitpicking: No names, no glory

“We can’t have full knowledge all at once. We must start by believing; then afterwards we may be led on to master the evidence for ourselves.” Thomas Aquinas

By Alex P. Vidal

THE so-called “bombshell” uncorked by former Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) administrator Oscar “Oca” Garin Sr. against several unnamed municipal mayors and police chiefs in the first district of Iloilo who supposedly “received” a regular payola or protection money from illegal gambling operators, was a dud.

Because Garin didn’t name names and failed to show the Provincial Board even a tiny piece of paper or document that contains his evidence, he only succeeded in besmirching the reputations of the municipal mayors and the police chiefs in that district.

Such a sweeping statement was uncalled for and wasn’t expected from someone of Garin’s stature.

What Garin said during the Provincial Board’s out-of-town session in Guimbal, Iloilo on January 27 can be considered as hearsay or unverified, unofficial information gained or acquired from another and not part of one’s direct knowledge.

It can be dismissed as a saber-rattling by a powerful political personality with agenda he alone knows. 

It was the kind of “information” we all regularly hear from the gossip mills.

It was the kind of gossip we regularly hear from the kapehan and barber shops.

Nothing was new.


It’s public knowledge that gambling and other illegal activities exist.

It’s common knowledge that some cops (not just their superior officers), public officials (not just municipal mayors), and even some media personalities (bogus and active) are “on the take.”

But because we lack the evidence or we don’t have sufficient information to back it up, we don’t say it in formal sessions; we can’t just slander anyone and get away with it.

Laura is a known prostituted woman because she accommodates male clients for sex for livelihood.

That’s a common knowledge in the neighborhood.

But nobody saw Laura having sex and receiving money from the male clients.

No client made a sworn statement that he went to bed with Laura.

If we announce in public that Laura is a prostitute, we’ll end up in jail if Laura files a slander or oral defamation case.

According to some lawyers, “truth is not a defense in a libel case.”

Going back to Garin, a former congressman who is the acknowledged patriarch of politics in the first district of Iloilo, his allegations were bereft of merits if presented in a formal court.


In the court of public opinion where politicians bring their cases attended usually by pomposity and blunderbuss, “crusader” Garin is a hero.

When we fight the devil, we don’t need to convince the public of our casus belli or case for war.

Municipal mayors and police chiefs who felt alluded to in the “expose” and who think they were unjustly crucified, can always run after Garin in a formal complaint (granting they have the guts to collide with this political demigod).

But still, Garin can easily wiggle out from any legal trouble because, in the first place, he didn’t name names.

No one can coerce him to confess his sources and specify his facts–unless he is being tried by the Catholic Inquisition.

A witty and grizzled politician for 30 years, Garin can easily attract media attention even if he will claim that a stray dog has bitten him.

Never mind if it was not him who bit the stray dog.

In the court of justice, Garin’s nitpicking will collapse.

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Posted by on January 28, 2015 in POLITICS


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‘We dramatize and dance in Bantayan Festival with feelings’

“God is not present in idols. Your feelings are your god. The soul is your temple.” Chanakya


By Alex P. Vidal

GUIMBAL, Iloilo — One area that makes the celebration of Bantayan Festival here different from other festivals all over the country is that “we dance and dramatize the history of our town with feelings,” said Iloilo first district Rep. Oscar “Richard” Garin, Jr.
When Guimbalanons showcased their talents in the Tribal Dance Drama Competition last April 12 at the Guimbal Amphitheater, they shed tears while reenacting the atrocities of Moro raiders who abused women and children and sold able males to slavery in Mindanao during the Spanish era.
“We are proud of our history and heritage. We want to tell the world how resilient we are and how we defended our municipality against the pirates,” explained Garin, a former mayor of this coastal municipality located at the southwestern part of Iloilo province.



Garin, whose sister Christine is the incumbent mayor, said they started to celebrate Bantayan Festival in 2003. Guimbal was established as a pueblo civil in 1703 and Bernardo Angan was the town’s first mayor.
Garin said “Guimbal” originally meant drum, which was used by Guimbalanons to warn villagers of the coming of Moro raiders in the sea. The first reference to Guimbal by such name in Spanish records appeared in Father Coco’s appendix to Medina’s “The History of the Agustinian Order in the Philippines” Where it referred to the establishment of a convento in Guimbal, Iloilo in 1590.



“The beat of our drums is different. The choreography is intense and the dance is based on our culture,” Garin said. “We don’t allow our participants to dance while eating a chewing gum. They have to do it with feelings in order to really deliver the message to the people.”

This year’s 2014 Bantayan Festival Tribal Dance Drama Competition was won by Tribu Igsibad. Other winners were Tribu Camagong (second), Tribu Tumandok (third), Tribu Canaca (fourth), Tribu Abunil (fifth).
As this year’s champion, Tribu Igsibad, will re-enact the Moro raid in Banyan beach resort, where the watchtower is located, in the festival next year.

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Posted by on April 13, 2014 in Uncategorized


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Guimbal re-enatcs Moro raid in Bantayan Festival


By Alex P. Vidal

The Municipality of Guimbal, headed by Mayor Christine S. Garin, celebrated the 12th Bantayan Festival with interesting events that showcased Guimbal’s rich history, heritage and tradition.


A cultural presentation through re-enactment of Moro Raid, Image

performed by Tribu Bunabi, narrated the history of the town of Guimbal held last April 10 at Bantayan Beach Resort situated beside the the 17th century Moro Watchtower used as a look-out to forewarn the natives and to enable them to defend Guimbal from marauding Moro pirate raiders who captured Guimbalanons and sold them at slave markets in Kolambogan, Mindanao during the Spanish colonial era.



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Posted by on April 11, 2014 in Uncategorized


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