The rise of the cellular tower

Note: This video was shot at around 7:30 in the morning today, 12 April 2016 (Tuesday).  The tower is halfway finished.

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Above is the anomalous Dominer Pointe Inc./ BellTel Philippines cellular tower located at Block 11 Lot 1 Mt. Samat St., Amityville Subdivision, Bgy. San Jose, Rodriguez, Rizal, Philippines that the mayor, Mr. Cecilio C. Hernandez (I won’t call him “Honorable”) approved together with Vice Mayor Jonas Cruz and the following councilors:

  • Councilor Rommel C. Ayuson
  • Councilor Glenn S. Evangelista
  • Councilor Katrina Ramos-Leyva
  • Councilor Mark Anthony C. Marcelo
  • Councilor Arman Leo H. Angeles
  • Councilor Mario Roderick C. Lazarte
  • Councilor Roger N. Frias
  • Councilor Richard M. Buizon

And this anomalous cell site is in collaboration with some officials of Amityville Homeowners Association:

Edilberto “Butch” Braganza, president; Jun Padama, vice president; Christopher Toliongco, director; Louie Rosario, director; Marcelito Ramos, director; Paul Jake Cuenca, director; Erwin Capalungan, director, and Nicanor Braganza, director.

This cell site is anomalous because:

-This arises from a questionable decision on our complaint against Dominer Pointe Inc./ BellTel Phils. proposed cell site installation near our house where there is no attachment of Office of Sangguniang Bayan resolution, no attachment of documents that indeed the contractor complied with all the requirements. And when I asked about the copy of those attachments (because it is said so in the letter), Engr. Alexander Almario, municipal engineer and building official of Rodriguez, Rizal, told me to submit a formal letter of request.

-Because when we filed a Motion for Clarification addressed to Engr. Alexander Almario, municipal engineer and building official, to question the decision on lifting the cease and desist order for the construction of cell site , the reply came from Atty. Pascual R. De Guzman, legal counsel from the mayor’s office telling us that they “see no anomaly in the foregoing procedures because due process was observed before the decision was implemented.” Again the reply got no presentation of those documents or attachments that were said so in a decision/order.

-Because the contractor, the local government of Rodriguez, Rizal, and some officials of Amityville Homeowners Association did not consult us, the homeowners and residents, about the cell site that they are going to put near our houses, there was no general assembly of homeowners which is against the law, Republic Act No. 9904 Magna Carta for Homeowners and Homeowners Association.

-Because the contractor, the local government of Rodriguez, Rizal, and some officials of Amityville Homeowners Association lied during the 19 January 2016 hearing, when they presented a survey signed by “residents” of Amityville Subdivision.  But those “residents” who signed approving the proposed Dominer Pointe Inc./BellTel Phils. cell site are construction workers of the cell site and the informal settlers.

-Because the Office of the Mayor was the one who approved the cell site, it was also the Office of the Mayor that issued the temporary Notice of Suspension with Cease and Desist Order for the construction of cell site “until contractor present its environmental compliance certificate…” The decision to lift the Notice of Suspension with Cease and Desist Order was based on the recommendation of Atty. Pascual R. De Guzman, an employee from the Office of the Mayor and who was defending the contractor during the public hearing.

-Filing for a case against the elected officials is not the next option because homeowners living with their families near the cell site got no extra money to pay for Attorney’s fees and other expenses in court because they’re mostly retirees and got no income. My family and I have the same predicament.  And the justice system is so slow you would count years.  But this cell site, this could have been stopped if the local government of Rodriguez, Rizal led by Mayor Cecilio Hernandez  paid attention to our complaints.  But Mayor Cecilio Hernandez and his alipores ignored our petition letters, position paper (they never read it), and rage against the cell site and continued instead with the construction of this BellTel Phils. cell site right smack in the middle of houses, and to our misfortune near our house.

 

 

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