The Black Kettle-A A +A
Friday, September 6, 2013
EARLY in his administration, Mayor Puentevella lambasted his predecessor, now city Rep. Evelio Leonardia, for keeping him “in the dark” on the real budget of the city government.
“The bigger problem is that we (city government) are still in the dark as far as our financial situation is concerned,” citing Leonardia’s debts.
Riposted Leonardia, Puentevella’s allegations are half-truths and half lies intended to embarrass him, to the point of lecturing the current mayor to “look for a tutor if he doesn’t know how to run the city government.”
Then whammo, Leonardia lowered the boom on Puentevella. The current congressman alleged that the former congressman misused his “pork” barrel when Puentevella bought computer sets worth P400,000 each.
Puentevella’s case is pending with the Office of the Ombudsman in the Visayas for alleged overpricing and ghost deliveries of computers from Puentevella’s pork barrel funds.
Now it turns out in this age of allegations, Leonardia himself is not squeaky clean. The Office of the Ombudsman for the Visayas found probable cause to move ahead with the criminal and administrative investigation against Leonardia and 11 others.
The accusation? For the P50-million purchase of alleged overpriced furniture and fixtures for the New Government Center. Let’s see how the Ombudsman untangles these legal issues.
In the meantime, we are forced to suffer and groan from the mudslinging. Things are as clear as mud.
Both politicos are keeping us in the dark by the sheer weight of their black propaganda against each other. Or to mix metaphors, a case of the pot calling the kettle black.
By pulling each other down, both officials seem to forget what their constituents voted them for in 2013: governance. Leonardo for legislation, Puentevella for the execution of local government programs and ordinances.
Let me dedicate this poem featured in the old school book Maxwell’s Elementary Grammar to Bing and Newks:
“Oho!” said the pot to the kettle;/“You are dirty and ugly and black!/Sure no one would think you were metal,/Except when you’re given a crack.”
“Not so! not so!” kettle said to the pot;/“‘Tis your own dirty image you see;/For I am so clean—without blemish or blot—/That your blackness is mirrored in me.”
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Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 06, 2013.