Golez: Enough of lies

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Saturday, June 16, 2012


BACOLOD Lone District Representative Anthony Golez reacted on Malacañang’s denial of the Bacolod City Council request to declare June 18 as a special non-working holiday in celebration of the signing of the city’s charter.

“Enough of lies. Itib-ong ta lang ang insakto! (Let us uphold only the truth),” said Golez.

In a letter dated June 14, Michael G. Aguinaldo, Deputy Secretary for Legal Affairs under the Office of the President, denied the council’s request, which was embodied in Resolution No. 386, Series of 2012.

“Though the Charter creating Bacolod city (Commonwealth Act No.326) was signed on 18 June 1938, it should be noted that Republic Act No. 7724 clearly states that the celebration for the Charter Anniversary of Bacolod City must be every October 19,” stated Aguinaldo.

“It is also instructive to note that R. A. No. 7724 is not without basis. Section 50 of C. A. No. 326 states that Bacolod will only cease to be under the Province of Negros Occidental after the completion of the organization of its local government. A thorough study of the matter showed that it was on October 19 that the first-ever City Mayor of Bacolod was appointed,” Aguinaldo said in his letter.

Golez expressed his “elation over the statement of the Office of the President in standing consistent with the rule of law.”

“Indeed, a lie repeated many times may appear to be true, but it will always remain a lie. Mayor Evelio Leonardia and his ilk failed once more in good timing Bacolodnons to their illegal June 18 Charter Day commemoration,” said Golez.

Golez also lambasted the mayor’s previous statements implying that, as city chair of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), Leonardia can get himself anointed as the party’s congressional bet in the 2013 polls.

Leonardia is already in his last term as Bacolod mayor and has made no secret of coveting Golez’s post. Both of them belong to NPC.

Golez underscored that NPC adheres to the principle of the “equity of the incumbent”, unless the party member has violated the party’s principles and organizational discipline.

He stressed that the principle is laid down in order to prevent abuse by any member or foment anarchy by any group in the party.

“Mayor Evelio Leonardia being the NPC Party Chairman in Bacolod cannot assume unto himself the power to endorse himself nor ask his close buddies to endorse him as the party’s official congressional candidate for Bacolod lone district,” stated Golez.

“Such act is not only a blatant violation of the principle of the ‘equity of the incumbent’; it is also a self serving use of one’s position to advance personal interests,” he added.

Golez said the mayor cites Golez’s failure to tow the line on the June 18 Charter Day Celebration as reason to expel Golez from NPC.

“It is clearly a squid tactic of the Mayor’s spin doctors to make them go scot-free from their crime of illegally and unconstitutionally changing the Bacolod Charter Day Celebration every October 19 to June 18,” Golez charged.

“The Nationalist People’s Coalition was founded on democratic principles and ideals by leaders with integrity and honor, like Eduardo ‘Danding’ Cojuangco.

Mayor Leonardia cannot and should not drag the integrity of the NPC and its honorable founders to their vicious campaign of lies to suit their whims and caprices, and to escape their conspiratorial culpability in usurping the power of the Congress and insulting the Filipino people,” Golez added.

The solon stated that, if there is anyone that should be fired from NPC, “it is the people who bastardized its name, principles and discipline, and who fail to observe the due process of law.”

“If they could tinker with the NPC name in a manner bereft of decency, how much more with the cultural heritage and identity of Bacolodnons, whom they have not only messed up, but subdued to their “mafianomics”-like governance?” asked Golez.

“Once more, I call on the Bacolodnons to help me expose and resist the culture of lies and ‘mafianomics’ being perpetuated by Mayor Leonardia and his ilk. I caution barangay officials to seek legal advice before proceeding further to supporting this illegal activity. It is my utmost concern to ensure your safety and welfare. Finally, I exhort everyone to always stand firm for the truth, and only for the truth, so we can free ourselves from the social decay that the Leonardia administration has exacted upon us, and move forward to the path of justice, democracy and prosperity,” Golez stated

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on June 16, 2012.

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