Vice mayor plans to hire ex-mayor as consultant

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Monday, February 10, 2014


THE Cagayan de Oro City Council will tackle on Monday a proposed ordinance authorizing Vice Mayor Caesar Ian Acenas to enter into a contract on consultancy services with former mayor Vicente Emano.

The councilors will deliberate Acenas's hiring of Emano for consultancy services with P1 rate per annum and whose specific services are not stated in the proposed ordinance 2014-23.

Councilor Eric Salcedo said the proposed ordinance would only justify the interference of Emano in the affairs of the city under the new administration.

“He (Emano) just wants to interfere. He has nothing that can help the vice mayor,” Salcedo said, adding that Acenas knows better than the former mayor.

Salcedo added that Emano presided only once in his term as the vice mayor of the city during the stint of former mayor Constantino Jaraula.

Salcedo added that if Emano cannot be stopped, or if the proposed ordinance will be approved by the City Council, then Emano should explain the P55-million cash advance he made during his stint as the mayor.

The proposed ordinance states that the funds necessary for the “Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses or MOOE: Consultancy Services” will be taken from the Office of the City Council-Secretary in the 2014 General Appropriations Ordinance.

The deliberations regarding the deferment, approval or rejection of the ordinance takes place at 2:30 p.m. Monday at the session hall of the City Council.

Along with the former mayor, the proposed ordinance 2014-20 and 21 will also allow Michael Salvador and lawyer Andrew Barba to become consultants of the vice mayor, with wages of P15,000 and P20,000 per month, respectively.

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro tried to get comments from Acenas and Councilors Ramon Tabor and President Elipe but failed. Elipe and Acenas did not take the calls and Tabor did not answer the message.

Netizens’ take

To get the people’s thoughts on the issue, Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro posted on Facebook the question: What is your take on the proposed ordinance of the City Council to hire former mayor Vicente Emano as a consultant at P1 rate per year? It has not been specified what the consultancy is all about.

For Arnette Tamparong, she said: “I don't think this is a good idea... We have the City Council to do the work… Why pay for another person????”

Nixon Baban said, “More heads are better than one. This is a welcome move if indeed the intention to help is sincere, instead of making a mockery out of the political processes. And hopefully, it would not stop the majority bloc of the City Council or the whole august body for that matter, from listening and keeping an open mind to the voice of the supreme consultant - the people (who need not be paid the P1.00/year consultancy fee).”

Another Facebook user Coy Fuentes raised the question, “Is the price an insult of some sort?”

Ismar Irenick Roa Estrella thought, “I can only wonder what are the sinister motives behind that move, if true!!!! Isn't it obvious? He just can't move on yet with his life after the May 2013 local elections. This is an indication, among other things, that the subject political lord is a hard loser. He thought that he is always a winner in every political derby he is in. So it is better for him not to submit himself anymore to the judgment of the given electoral populace. Instead, he will find some dictatorial ways to perpetuate himself in power at the expense of genuine democracy. But can the majority of the Cagayanons permit that to happen in our midst???? No way!!! Let us not sleep about these matters including its twists and turns involving those political shenanigans of and pretenders in our city. Let us at all times be vigilant about these local political realities and the forth coming hidden political schemes authored and co-sponsored by the pretenders to the throne! Lastly, let us always pray against political evils who intend to deprive us from enjoying the benefits of transparent and accountable local governance as always espoused and put into effect by the Moreno Administration!!!”

For his part, Enrico Ramon Lluch said: “That will cause political havoc. Hire professional public administrators!”

For Tito Mora, he said, “So they want to make it official? Big deal. For what is the use of jesters and clowns if they do not have a lord to amuse. We all know that the deposed mayor is still dictating what goes on in the Council. And come to think of it, do these clowns and jesters have any chance of getting elected without their master tactician? Not a chance. For whatever brains and balls they had, were chopped up and offered in the altar of power and greed. They really have nowhere else to go. So I hope that it will now become clear to Mayor Moreno, that this term is all about removing all the vestiges of the past, not just the personalities but their way of doing things. If it smells like crap, then it must be crap and any fecal matter is just going to stink till it gets dry and be of use to mankind. It is time to remove those kid's gloves and fire away. And please do not forget the Board and GM of the COWD.”

Aaron Neri’s take is: “Gi propose nila kana para example kunuhay sa current consultants nga nagdawat ug 20-35k a month. Unya ang iya kai P1/yr man kuno. Pamulabog ng ila. Majority ra ba ang mga Tonto.”

Midj KAn said: “I can’t help but to doubt the true motive behind the said proposed ordinance hiring former mayor Emano as consultant. It will only create conflict. If it is true that mayor Emano's reason to accept the post is for the people then he should respect their choice and support and give Mayor Moreno a chance to prove himself. Let us not allow the political evils be the hindrance of the transparent and good governance that the present administration is purporting.”

Aequitas Mic’s reply: “I find the proposal intriguing and I questioned the supposed P1.00/year compensation. I think there is more to it than meets the eye. And for what reason should the City Council hire an ex mayor? Another disaster waiting to happen.”

Ken Steve said: “Ila seguro idol si moreno who has hired a lot of consultants despite the fact nga fully filled-up man seguro ang plantilla sa cd, busa ilang gi awat. Why really hire consultants nga in-place na man tanan department heads and rank-and-file employees? Kung kinahanglan man gyod ug consultants, ngano man sab nga ang e hire apil kadtong mga partymates sa mayor nga nangapilde adtong election? And to think that some of losing candidates who were hired as consultants were placed in posts beyond their areas of competence, making these consultants look like square pegs in round holes.”

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on February 10, 2014.

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