Sunday, 03 November 2013 00:00
THE WORD: “THE HIGHEST RESPECT WE CAN GIVE TO THE FATHER(GOD) IS OUR PRAISE & WORSHIP. OUR MONEY CANNOT PLEASE GOD. NEITHER OUR WHOLE WEALTH CAN PLEASE HIM, AS WE ARE ALL HIS CREATION.”
HE’s serious-- to the point he tendered on Thursday (Oct. 31) his irrevocable resignation from all his committee chairmanships in the city council.
DIST. 1 Councilor Charlie Mariano, true to his word, made good his threat during the council’s committee hearing on Appropriations chaired by Dist. 1 Councilor Gerky Valesco on the proposed 2014 city budget amounting to P2.4 billion.
Mariano was strongly batting to fast-track the passage of the said budget by the August Body to support Mayor Beng Climaco-Salazar’s programs in her rookie administration- especially so as the city has been battered by the recent two big crisis, when blocked by the minority whose bloc got what they wanted.
The committee proceeded with the hearing that continued on as of late in the afternoon, unbothered by Mariano’s walkout to boldly dramatize his utter disgust over his colleagues in the majority.
The majority’s lukewarm stance in the said hearing showed a flip-flop on their avowed all-out support for Beng’s governance in the last campaign period when their coalition (LP/LDP/AZ) party won via a rousing victory in the May polls this year led by their lady standard-bearer who got the highest number of votes (a 100,000 votes difference over her nearest rival) in any mayoralty race in the city’s political history.
Their inquiry on what they pointed out the need to strictly scrutinize some major items in the budget which to them appear either dubious or ambiguous dragged on lengthily for hours.
“My resignation as chairman from all those council committees, especially as Chair of the committee on Ordinances & Resolutions, given me is irrevocable. My decision is final, and I have already submitted such (irrevocable) resignation effective immediately,” Mariano said.
He gave this corner a photocopy of his irrevocable resignation letter dated Oct. 31 addressed to the council presiding officer Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde.
ALSO present in the hearing were City Budget Sec. Virginia Gara; representative/s of the City Treasurer’s Office; City Engineer Luis Vicente Despalo; City Planning Officer Jojo Sicat; City Veterinarian Mario Ariola; City Health Officer Dr. Rodelin Agbulos..
Some City Hall critics have expressed dismay over the present attitude of the August Body of the city’s legislative branch-- noting its supposed indecorously superimposing their own ‘self-serving’ proposals-- to the detriment of their own suffering constituents whose top priorities and concerns they
ought to attend first in these trying times of such two intense crisis that have ravaged our city since Sept.
“Ta precura’ sila pasa para se security dao, akel gale’ para cumpra long firearms para protehe ila cuerpo, ke clase public servants tiene kita ki,” one top CH official expressed sheer disappointment.
“ IF that’s the kind of attitude we see in the council today, they shouldn’t have run for councilors, they should have run for mayor, cay taman overlap ya sila l trabaho del executive branch,” another veteran city hall staff wryly remarked.
THE minority, for their part, appear elated for the first time, stressing: “ Now, we can very well scrutinize all city projects before they go for implementation. There’s check & balance now, unlike in the previous administration. We need to be vigilance because this is people’s money poured on those projects.”
“We make sure there’ll be no railroading in the approval of the city projects,” another opposition legislator pointed out.
“Aba, mga real man stos aura,” talla yatamen c Bogs, ya pone yatamne su ‘ obra.
“El malo se pampa’ronas lang pencing,” otro tamen ste c Ador, ya pega ya tamen su duda.
“Na, aura, man pikon ya tamen sila pencing?” c Nado hinde’ tamen ta atrasa pone su obra.
Talla yatamen el tres!
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