OPPOSITION councilors urged Wednesday the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to step into the proliferation of fake business permits in Cagayan de Oro.

Councilor Zaldy Ocon, leader of the three-member minority, said the problem needs to be addressed immediately because the city's coffer is at stake.

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"The more we let this anomaly continue, the more we lose revenues from business permit fees," Councilor Ocon said.

He said the NBI was more equipped with investigative skills to deal with the modus operandi, which reportedly involves City Hall employees.

"Pila na ba ka bulan sukad nigawas nga mga empliyado ra mismo sa City Hall ang nag-isyu og fake nga business permit? Unsa may gihimo sa mga kadagkoan nato sa City Hall?" Ocon asked.

(How many months has it been reported that City Hall's own employees are involved in the issuance of fake business permit? What did our officials in the City Hall do about this?)

The irregularity first came to light in a report by Councilor Roger Abaday another minority memberùin a special report at the City Council two months ago.

In it, the councilor accused unnamed government employees as behind the fakery.

Abaday's report became the basis of an ordinance penalizing the issuance and possession of bogus business license. The measure became a law early this year.

But pro-administration Councilor Ramon Tabor deemed the proposal to let NBI investigate the issuance of fake business premature.

Mayor Constantino Jaraula, having supervisory authority over all City Hall employees, should first be given the hand to conduct an investigation, said Councilor Tabor.

Tabor said Mayor Jaraula's office was the right venue for such inquiry, noting that the City Council is limited only on legislative matters.

But he said the Council may act upon recommendation of the City Legal Office.

Ocon found this preposterous.

"What are we waiting for? A miracle?" he said. "If it has been determined that there is a modus operandi going on, the best thing to do is to investigate not call for a quorum to inquire on this and that," he said.