Park’s fountainhead not stolen

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Thursday, March 6, 2014


THE fountainhead believed to have been stolen that led to the dressing down of City Mayor Oscar Moreno’s wife on Facebook has been kept safe at the City Public Service Office (CPSO), a city hall official said Thursday.

City administrator Roy Hilario Raagas said there were allegations that the fountainhead used in Gaston Park was stolen.

In a published report, local historian Antonio Montalvan II posted a photo of Gaston Park and wrote the old fountain cannot be restored because it was stolen while the renovation is ongoing.

Raagas said the fountainhead has to be kept safe as rainwater would swamp the fountain that could make it messy.

CPSO head Ricardo Carson said his office has the item kept because thieves might be interested in selling the fountainhead that is made of bronze.

Other than that, the fountainhead, if not removed, could be a breeding ground for dengue mosquitoes.

Carson, during a press conference Thursday, invited Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro and other members of the press to take photos of the fountainhead that was kept hidden near the city hall’s tourism hall.

Moreno’s wife Arlene agreed with Montalvan’s post that the fountainhead went missing and suggested the people to ask the Emano administration about it.

However, Montalvan replied to Mrs. Moreno’s comment by posting a picture showing the fountainhead taken during the Moreno administration.

Raagas said Mrs. Moreno could have gotten the wrong information.

Raagas said it is likely that the reason behind the scolding is politics.

He said the supporters of the previous administration would always look for loopholes of the Moreno administration.

“Possible nga the likelihood nga politica napud, anything nga makabinta ang atong amigo sa pikas koral gamiton man gyud na,” Raagas said.

Raagas added that since she (Arlene) is the wife of the city mayor, the people connected to the previous administration will criticize her hoping to implicate Moreno.

He said the supporters of the previous administration who disagree with the programs of Moreno administration will always criticize given the chance.

Raagas said it would have been better if the information posted was verified in the City Hall to get the correct answer.

Without verification, Raagas said: “It would be unfair to Mrs. Moreno.”

He said Mrs. Moreno is a member of the city’s tourism council that gives her the chance to participate in the beautification of the city.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on March 07, 2014.

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