Governance Goo-A A +A
By Jun Sula
Sunday, September 1, 2013
GOO is what's left after good has been found wanting.
Lito Ocampo and Co. have found that out.
So it seems, good governance is just one passing fat lie all this time.
Belshazzar passing off as Bloomberg.
But Lito Ocampo and Co. have seen “mene, mene tekel upharsim” on the wall.
The city of class now befogged with confusion and contradiction – even gobbledygook.
Contradictions: Savings. Austerity. Huge inventory. Shortage. More supplies for acquisition. No supplies available. Budget shortfall. Donation.
Confusion: Cash available: P447,000 plus million – June 30, 2013 – Oca-Edsa version; Cash available: P310,525,027.19 - June 30,2013 – Lito Ocampo and Co. version
Gobbledygook: Bank statement official but confidential -- Oca; questionable misuse of public funds -- Lito Ocampo and Co.
Good governance was bragging rights enshrined in world-class city mayorship, stamped with modern management approach like balanced scorecard, honored by prestigious bodies like Institute of Solidarity of Asia, extolled as exemplar here, there and everywhere. Throw in at least two classy ISO certifications into the resume.
Then you just have to believe the longest-running lore in town: this city is primus inter pares, if not sui generis.
But here's the naked, nagging truth, according to the gospel of Lito Ocampo and Co: blatant disregard of controls, policies and procedures, and gross negligence in the performance of duties as stated in the New Government Accounting System.
Good governance is about best, not bad, practices. Lito Ocampo and Co. hinted at something probably even worse.
And the plot thickens.
If you believe the scuttlebutt, this burning issue isn't just about apparent corruption and apparent lies, but affairs of the oldest kind.
With the credibility of some very important people now hanging in the balance, honor and authority are now vehemently raised as citadel of defense.
“Honor is a nice, knockdown argument,” Alice tells Humpty Dumpty in “Through the Looking Glass” by Lewis Carrol.
“I, alone, can tell what it means,” Humpty replies haughtily.
The famous rhyme came first and it told of Humpty's big fall from the wall.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on September 02, 2013.