Moreno’s extension office in Makati questioned

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014


IN A special report Councilor President Elipe delivered Monday, he and some members of the City Council questioned the legitimacy of the Metro Manila extension office of Mayor Oscar Moreno.

In a document presented by Elipe, it showed that a realty management has been requesting for the payment of one unit in a residential building under Moreno’s name.

The extension office is located in San Antonio Village in Makati City.

Elipe asked if the establishment of the mayor’s extension office has the necessary authorization, if the people of Cagayan de Oro City can transact business in the said office during office hours, and if the office has personnel.

He said Moreno went into a contract or transaction without the knowledge of the City Council.

Councilor Zaldy Ocon said it is the first time he was informed of the extension office’s existence.

Meanwhile, Councilor Candy Darimbang defended the necessity of the office because of the business transactions the city is engaged in.

Darimbang said a group of people from various sectors, especially the business sector, want to transact or talk about business with the Moreno.

She said the city mayor often visits Manila to talk to investors on investing in the city.

Darimbang said P12,000 per month is just a small amount compared with staying in a hotel when the mayor has to do business in Makati.

Councilor Roger Abaday added the rental is way too insignificant compared to the investments that will come in to the city because of the transactions done in the extension office, adding: “Makati is the business center of the country that is why the city needs an extension office there.”

Ocon said the issue was raised because of politics again and reiterated the amount is not much compared to the P3,000 to P5,000 per day that one will pay for hotels when in Manila.

Ocon snapped back at the majority bloc of the city council and asked where the controversial intelligence fund of the previous administration was used.

People’s money

Elipe told the councilors who are Moreno’s allies that he did not ask on the necessity of the extension office but questioned if the people and the city council have been informed.

“Guidelines should be followed -- do we have the necessary ordinance to finance the extension office?” Elipe asked.

Elipe said in the annual procurement plan even a staple wire needs to be included.

“Don’t give us justification that it’s just 12,000 because it is the money of the people,” Elipe said.

Elipe stressed the transaction is already done without the knowledge of the city council.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on March 11, 2014.

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