Editorial: Uncalled for Resistance-A A +A
Saturday, August 31, 2013
AS THE Janet Napoles saga continues, and with the continued digging into the controversial Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), or the “pork” barrel sees no halt as of this present time, there is no reason for local government units in the 1st District of Negros Occidental to jeopardize the ongoing investigation being conducted by the Department of Agriculture (DA).
This is relative the alleged involvement of Representative Jules Ledesma IV (1st District) in the misuse and abuse of the PDAF funds in localities under his congressional care.
The DA officials, particularly the special audit team, are just doing their job mandated by law, that is, look into the spending and the allocations and the recipients of the controversial funds.
A Negros Occidental Capitol DA official had said “resistance is expected” among the mayors in the first district under Ledesma. And if this happens, the audit team should better go down the barangay level.
Seems logical, but the perceived resistance is very much uncalled for.
There is no reason for these LGU officials, specifically the mayors, to resist the ongoing investigation as it is likewise their sublime obligation, duty, and responsibility to ensure that public accountability and transparency are followed.
If they become hindrance or obstacle to this, then, the public may very well perceive these local public officials could, by themselves, also the culprits.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 31, 2013.