Ramirez’s publicity stunt

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

KULANG sa pansin or KSP. That's how I describe Medellin Mayor Ricky Ramirez in view of his continued tirades against

Gov. Hilario “Junjun” Davide III for what he claimed as unfair distribution of relief goods to typhoon-devastated areas in northern Cebu.

Medellin was one of the areas hit hardest by super typhoon Yolanda.

Ramirez said Capitol was unfair because his town only received a little share compared to the others whose executives are allies of the governor in the Liberal Party (LP). Ramirez is a member of One Cebu headed by former governor and now third district Rep. Gwen Garcia.

Ramirez even challenged the governor to step down. He accused the governor of not following the “tuwid na daan” principle of President Noynoy Aquino.

The mayor also returned the 20 boxes of sardines donated by the Vice Mayors League of the Philippines (VMLP) headed by Dumanjug Vice Mayor Gongon Gica, who is with the LP. The VMLP also donated P50,000 to Medellin and the other municipalities hit by the typhoon. I don't know if Ramirez also returned the amount.

A source said that the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) Cebu chapter headed by Tuburan Mayor Democrito “Aljun” Diamanté gave Medellin P75,000 financial assistance. Diamanté is with the LP. I don't know if Ramirez returned the money to be consistent with his stand. Tan-awon nato og iya bang iuli ang donasyon sa LMP.

But I think Ramirez should shut up on his claim because in the first place it is not true. I obtained a document that showed that Capitol has been fair in distributing relief goods to calamity-hit areas in the northern part of the province.

Let's talk only about the affected families and not on the extent of the damage in other aspects like infrastructure, agriculture and industries. Medellin has 12,772 affected families while its neighboring towns of San Remigio and Daanbantayan have 11,689 and 20,428 affected families respectively.

And do you know how much these municipalities received in terms of relief goods from the Capitol? Medellin received a total of 27,732. San Remigio, whose Mayor Mariano Martinez is with the LP, received 23,308 while Daanbantayan, whose Mayor Agusto Corro is also with the LP, got 30,558. Of course, Daanbantayan got a bigger share because it has also the higher number of affected families.

Not only that. The Sangguniang Bayan, in its regular session held last Nov. 11, authorized Gov. Davide to release the amount from the calamity fund of the province to northern Cebu towns directly hit by the typhoon. There were 16 municipalities, including Medellin, that received P2 million each while six towns received P1 million each depending on the extend of the damage. You see that?

With these figures, I think Ramirez should stop complaining because Capitol has been fair and generous enough in extending relief goods and financial assistance to calamity-hit areas. Moundang na unta siyag putak-putak, unless he has other motives to continue his tirades against Capitol officials.

But I smell politics in Ramirez’s publicity stunt. I can see the shadow of One Cebu officials in his tirades. It’s as if he has been made an attack dog to destroy the integrity of Davide.

It is sad to note that even in the midst of calamity, there are people who still play politics and exploit the misery of our people. If I were in the shoes of the go­vernor, I won't mind him. Pasagdi na lang na siya Mr. Governor. Wala pa siguro na siya makatugpa.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 04, 2013.


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