CITY Hall’s arbitrary move to close the famous Rico’s Lechon branches will send a wrong signal to investors in Cebu City. Rico’s Lechon branch in Axil Place along Escario St. and its commissary in Highway 77 in Talamban were closed not just because of management’s failure to secure business permits but also because the “former political has-been” is waging a personal vendetta against the family of Enrico “Rico” Dionson, the original owner.
The “former political has been” said the establishments were operating without business permits and City Hall has been calling their attention to it. “Because of your incompetence, I was forced to shut down a business that is a major source of my own daughter-in-law’s income,” he said. But why do that only now?
Had the Dionson family not decided to terminate its “partnership” with Bea Villegas-Osmeña, wife of the “former political has-been’s” son, Miguel, City Hall would not have “unearthed” the violations committed by Rico’s Lechon. The Dionsons and Bea had partnered when they opened the Rico’s Lechon branch in Panagdait, Mabolo five years ago. Bea haa a share of 30 percent and received between P100,000 to P150,000 monthly share. Rico’s daughters, Susan Claire and Melanie Grace, were the ones personally managing the business. Dawat limpiyo lang si Bea.
Last July 31, the Dionson siblings decided to pursue the business on their own. Since then, Bea has been posting negative things about Rico’s Lechon in her FB account. Then, City Hall’s harassment came.
The City Treasurer’s Office sent several notices and show cause orders against Rico’s Lechon, Escario branch until it was ordered close on Aug. 1. Another show cause order was served the other day in its commissary in Talamban, giving the management ten days to answer why it should not be closed. But without observing the ten days grace period, City Hall personnel served the closure order yesterday.
Is this fair? Where’s due process? This is no different from the case of the three big developers that bought lots at the South Road Properties (SRP). He harassed them because the deal was consummated during the term of “has-been” mayor Michael Rama.
This man is really vindictive. He vowed not to sign the business permits even if Rico’s Lechon will comply with all the requirements. So this is not a matter of complying with the business permit requirements but personal vengeance.
Well, if he does that, the Dionson family can seek redress before our courts and in the Office of Ombudsman by charging him with abuse of authority. But I would remind this person that everything in this world will perish. You cannot bring your power and wealth to heaven or hell. If you die, you will be remembered as arrogant, abusive and vindictive.
Published in the SunStar Cebu newspaper on August 19, 2017.
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