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Sectors ask: Were “Zambo Siege” donations made sans council’s approval?

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(Enlightenment—Passage of the Day)

Q. HOW DO WE SEARCH THE REAL JESUS CHRIST?

A.) “SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES, FOR IN THEM YE THINK YE HAVE ETERNAL LIFE; THEY ARE THEY WHICH TESTIFY OF ME.” (JOHN 5:39) Email: jayfeliciano2@yahoo.com

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THIS is getting more intriguing. I mean the “Zamboanga Hermosa Festival 2017” brouhaha that led to the supposed glaring anomaly when exposed by a city dad with regards to the issuance of a cash check amounting to P 45,000 to a person instead to the office of the City Treasurer.

CHRISTIAN Olasiman, its designated Special Events’ czar, was called upon to explain by our city legislative body along with City Hall’s top occupants, namely: City  AdministratorApple Go, Acting City Treasurer Romelita Candido, City Budget Officer Ferdie Alvarez and City Tourism Officer Sarita Hernandez. Young Olasiman clarified the amount P45,000 was actually a sponsorship coming from San Miguel to support the city’s Summer Festival held early this year, and admitted the check was issued in his name, though he didn’t ask for it.

DIST. 1 Councilor Rudy Lim who sought for its dialogue in the august body during its regular session last Tuesday (Nov. 6), to help shed light on the issue, visibly showed his utter disgust after his proposed resolution to let COA look deeper into the said irregularity was junked by its majority bloc in the council. Hence, Lim’s clamor for COA to intervene was totally trashed. But, certain sectors suggested strongly that anyone, being a taxpayer, including Councilor Lim himself, can go directly to COA and file his complaint on the uncovered alleged anomaly.

DIST. 2 Councilor BG Guingona IV, explicitly read a provision in the Local Gov’t Code that clearly states that donations, grants and the likes (incidentally, sponsorship is not specified), for and in behalf of the city gov’t have yet to seek the council’s approval prior to accepting them.

NOW, here comes the common query of some sectors in our perturbed community, “If the council is very vocal now about the required need for its approval for any donations and/or grants offered to our local gov’t of Zamboanga City, then whatever happens to all those numerous donations, coming in, either in cash or in kind during the Sept. 2013 infamous “Zamboanga Siege”? Were all those donations reportedly done worldwide, well accounted for? Were those donations intended for all the victims of that infamy back then, approved by our city legislative body?” they asked.

Ese pa!  (By Jun Feliciano) (30)




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