Shimura to bring case vs. Corro to ombud-A A +A
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
PROVINCIAL BOARD (PB) Member Sun Shimura (Cebu 4th district) yesterday said he may file directly to the Office of the Deputy Ombudsman-Visayas his request to investigate Daanbantayan Mayor Augusto Corro after his resolution was withdrawn by majority of the PB.
Shimura said that under parliamentary procedure, Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale and her relatives and party mates in the PB have no authority to withdraw his resolution calling for an investigation against Corro.
Shimura said that Corro, a Liberal Party (LP) member, was accused by his constituents of being selective in the distribution of relief goods and failing to distribute the P100,000 cash assistance from Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. and Cavite Vice Gov. Jolo Revilla for Barangay Agujo residents.
Shimura alleged that Corro took P2,000 from Revilla’s cash donation for his personal use.
The Revillas went to Agujo, Daanbantayan to help the typhoon survivors of the barangay considering that one of their staff came from the place.
But when the barangay captain told his constituents that the senator and his son will distribute cash assistance, the mayor suddenly arrived and sat beside the Revillas.
When the Revillas took out the money from their pockets, Corro immediately took it and quickly left riding a “habal-habal,” Shimura alleged.
Shimura said that while in-kind donations are pouring in from the private sector, several people failed to receive their share.
Corro and his allies in the Municipal Government are seen going home daily with family food packs loaded on their vehicles and stocking them at home, he also alleged.
Shimura said he filed the resolution last Nov. 25 thinking his colleagues will refer it to the anti-graft office out of “delicadeza,” especially that Corro is their party mate and political ally.
He said his resolution was officially recorded by the secretariat, so if protocol was followed, Magpale and her allies could not withdrew it.
He said he was surprised when during their session last Dec. 9, majority of the SP who are LP members withdrew his resolution and commended Corro for his “excellent handling” of the relief goods.
“As author of the resolution, I am the only one who can withdraw that resolution. I believe that the majority withdraw my resolution in violation of protocol because they want to protect their LP party mate,” Shimura said.
In an interview, Corro said he is willing to face whatever complaint Shimura will file against him.
He said he went to all the barangays and extended the relief goods to the people without discrimination.
Corro said the amount donated by the Revillas was received by the municipal treasurer and was not used for personal gain.
The mayor said the municipal lot in Barangay Poblacion, which is supposed to be the relocation sites of the displaced families by typhoon Yolanda, was occupied by relatives of former mayor Maria Luisa Loot.
“Why can’t we work together for the better of Daanbantayan?” Corro said.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 17, 2013.