Editorial: Good Move-A A +A
Friday, September 13, 2013
IF BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella could prove his word on “cleaning up” the Government Center, he deserves commendation as early as now.
If it turns out otherwise, his word could just be another political statement on an emerging issue reminiscent of what the mayor vowed years back when he declared he would not hold office at the Government Center.
But then, he seemed to have eaten up his word.
Another Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago stance?
Shall we then trust the mayor on his pronouncement to rock the boat concerning some departments at the Government Center?
Well, as he is still within the so-called “honeymoon” period, the mayor deserves the benefit of the doubt in whatever measures and plans he and his administration would want to institute.
Any mayor deserves to be given sufficient time to draw up his or her plans in local governance, especially so if the local chief executive would wish to consider an “overhaul,” or at least an attempt to further dig deeper and look beyond what is on the tip of the iceberg.
The public will appreciate it even better if the mayor could set an example to would-be perpetrators of government corruption the case of a personnel of the Office of the Building Official and his two alleged cohorts who fell in the hands of the National Bureau of Investigation, after a foiled “under the table” transaction.
The good mayor is doing a good move. It would be a wise move if it translates into real prosecution.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 13, 2013.