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(“Gas Scam” yarn): CLO explains side


(BY: JUN FELICIANO) (Words of Enlightenment)

THE food that we eat will not affect our spirit. It’ll make us sick, but it wont’ affect our spirit at all. What affects our spirit are our eveil thoughts that come from within.

THE Scripture says: “Cant’ you see that the food you put into your body cannot defile you. Food doesn’t go into your heart, but only passes through our stomach and then goes intothe sewer.” (Mark7: 18-19).



PROF. Elbert “Bong” Atilano, Sr. appeared in great sympathy with his beleaguered LP colleague in the city council, (Dist. 2) Councilor Roel “Elong” Natividiad.

IN retrospect, Councilor Natividad, during the council’s maiden session( Jan. 27), was booted out from his two major posts—as Majority Floor-leader and as Chair of the committee on Peace & Order. The sanction, as it seems to be, could have something to do with the embattled city dad(from Brgy. Tetuan)’s alleged link to the reported rampant rice smuggling activities in the city.

(NATIVIDAD vehemently denied the allegation).

“If there’s anybody who knows Councilor Natividad so well, it’s me, and I don’t believe he’s in any way involved ( in rice smuggling),” Atilano vouched when interviewed last Saturday.

 “C Para cumigo, liyos lang se contra cunele(As for me, it’s all gossips against him),” Atilano rued.

  ATILANO said he also felt the same way Councilor Natividad feels now, “because I also became a victim (of a demolition job) when I was yet with Zamcelco, as they rode on the blackout issue that’s not of my own fault, at all,” Atilano, the erstwhile President of Zamcelco dismally recounted.

ATILANO felt vindicated following the NEA decision on his case— absolving him of any liability/ accountability or culpability whatsoever.

WITH the case settled in his favor, Atilano said, “The people will now realize that we’re sincere in our work.”

“BONG,” as he prefers to be plainly addressed, said he’s still determined to aspire again for the council seat in district 1 as the run-up to the 2016 presidential/local polls draws near.

ATILANO, in jest, remarked: “I still have one more term( laugh..), cay dos beses yaman yo ya core(As I already ran twice), poreso tiene pa yo un term( that’s why I still have one more term left).”



CITY Legal Office(CLO) Asst. Atty. Bernardino Ferrer, over the weekend, explained why he failed to show up during the third and last committee hearing called by the council committee on Good Government chaired by Dist. 1 Councilor Atty. Melchor Rey Sadain last week in a bid to resolve the controversial “Gas Scam” issue.

WHILE Atty. Ferrer said he’d wish to apologize for his non-appearance during the said committee hearing, as he was having other pressing matters to attend to, on that same day, nonetheless, the CLO lawyer stressed that respondent Bibing Durendez to an administrative case, should have been investigated by the office of the city vice mayor.

“Considering she’s an employee of the sanggunian panglunsod, the vice mayor is the appointing authority, and he should be the disciplining authority. And, in this case, he( vice mayor) should handle cases of the employees of the sanggunian panglunsod( city council),” Atty. Ferrer expressed his legal views.

He, however, explicated, “Our office, though, is always available, in case the office of the vice mayor will require us to assist him( in the investigation).”

TO back up his legal rendition, Atty. Ferrer cited an SC jurisprudence: “It is apparent that the fuels subjected to unauthorized withdrawals were supplies needed for the operation of the Sangguniang Panlungsod. On this point, the Supreme Court likewise ruled in the Ramon M. Atienza case that: “Since it is the Vice Governor who approves disbursement vouchers and approves payment for the procurement of the supplies, materials and equipment needed for the operation of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, then he also has the authority to approve the purchase orders and to cause the delivery thereof of the said supplies, materials of equipment.”

Applying the above pronouncements of the Supreme Court, it is our considered opinion that the City Vice-Mayor, as the proper disciplining authority shall initiate the above complaint and sign the Formal Charge based on the legal premise that the power to appoint includes the power to remove and pursuant Sections 10,16 and 20 of the Revised Rules on Administrative Cases in the Civil Service.( RRACCS).

SHELL gas station in Brgy. Canelar, is currently running after all the city councilors to settle their indebted gas allocation excesses— amounting to more than a million pesos.

BUT, scores of them (councilors) have already complied with their respective accounts, the said gas firm confirmed— hence, their remaining total obligations have reduced to half( P 600t), by now.

THOSE supposed defiant councilors, still owing the Shell gas station, pinpointed the city gov’t( as a whole) as the culprit— claiming an existing contract entered into between the LGU of ZC and the said shell gas firm, would bear them out.

ESE pa!(30)

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