Editorial: Newks Should Prove Bing Wrong-A A +A
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
BACOLOD Lone District Rep. Evelio Leonardia and his trusted allies have sort of “resurrected” the then controversial “computer scam” that had linked erstwhile Bacolod congressman, now mayor Monico Puentevella.
This came in the heels of the nationwide protests and rallies against the “pork” barrel funds, known as the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of members of the Congress –- both House of Representatives and the Senate – and even the president of the republic.
The misuse and abuse of the PDAF had been pretty obvious, even with the denials of those who were benefitted (in the transfer of funds) by it, and even if some officials lie on their faces on the misuse and abuse of the funds.
For quite so long a time, various faces of poverty and lack of support would prove the fact that the PDAF had not translated into real and genuine service for the people, especially those with less, and the marginalized.
In Bacolod City, the alleged misuse of the pork barrel of Puentevella was, again as alleged, when his administration purchased computer sets at P400,000 each.
Where can you find such as huge expense for computer sets?
If this were true, then the now mayor of the city could always resort to legal remedies to prove Leonardia and his other detractors wrong.
The same is true in the Bacolod Sea Games Organizing Committee funds which Puentevella allegedly deposited to his personal account; the good mayor always has a day in court to prove he is innocent of the charges.
Leonardia is not excepted and exempted either. With the allegations that he amassed millions of pesos during his incumbency as mayor, Leonardia can always rebut the allegations.
Point is, in this “computer scam,” it is Puentevella who must prove Leonardia wrong – by way of court action, or what not.
Public officials must not bark on the wrong tree, or avail themselves of wrong channels to ventilate their gripes and claims. There are procedures to respect and follow.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 28, 2013.