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Saturday, September 21, 2019
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Nalzaro: Rama should focus on his primary duties

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WHAT her political master did, she also copied it. Defeated BOPK (Bando Osmeña Pundok Kauswagan) vice mayoral candidate Mary Ann Delos Santos also vandalized her office before she stepped down over the weekend. It was only found out last Monday when the staff of newly elected Councilor Niña Mabatid, who will occupy Delos Santos’s office, found the office empty. The cabinet and even the electrical connections were destroyed and the office chairs and tables were gone. Although, there was no massive destruction of the floor and ceiling unlike the office vacated by the “has-been politician” that was ruined and in total disarray.

Where can you find supposedly “honorable” elected officials doing such a “barbaric act?” Only in Cebu. I don’t know what entered their respective minds when they ordered the destruction of their respective offices. Don’t tell me that Delos Santos, like her political master, is also suffering from a mental disorder as a result of her defeat last May 13 elections to Vice Mayor Michael Rama?

What they did was a form of sabotage. Don’t tell me that Delos Santos will also claim that she spent her personal funds for the renovation of her office. That is why she got and retrieved everything when her term of office expired last June 30. The “has-been politician” claimed that he spent his own money for the improvement of his office because the City Council then rejected his request for funding. That’s the reason he retrieved everything, including those original parts of the building construction like tiles, ceiling and electrical connections. Nangaburyong na gyud ni sila. When Mary Ann was still with Team Rama, she was given the task to take charge of the demolished Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC). But you know what happened? The steel bars from the demolished busing and other used medical equipment were missing. She was accused of “stealing” those steel bars. When she was threatened with a suit due to the missing steel bars by the previous administration, she bolted to BOPK. Like those missing steel bars, Mary Ann is now “missing,” and did not give her reason for stripping her office. She should also be charged with malicious mischief for destroying government properties or even theft because of the missing items inside her office. Paging Ms. Delos Santos, where are you? We need your explanation.

Haskang liwata gyud ni Mary Ann sa iyang pilderong amo. Dili na mo angayan pang ibalik diha sa City Hall sa umaabot nga eleksyon. Pamahuway na lang mo uy.

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Although there is no law that prohibits the vice mayor or the presiding officer of the SP (Sangguniang Panlungsod) to sit as chairman of the Council’s various standing committees, he or she should focus on his/her primary duties and functions. Vice Mayor Mike Rama said he will also sit as chairman in at least four or five standing committees. What for? Just to impress upon the public that he is really that hardworking? Why not assign those committees to other SP members? That is what they aspired for when they ran in the elections and that’s what they are paid for.

The primary duties and functions of the vice mayor is to: act as presiding officer of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) or Sangguniang Bayan (SB) and shall only vote to break a tie; sign all warrants drawn on the City or municipal treasury for all expenditures appropriated for the operation of the SP and SB; subject to civil service law, rules and regulations, appoint all officials and employees of the SP and SB, except those manner of appointment is specifically provided in Republic Act 7610 or the Local Government Code of the Philippines; assume the office of city or municipal mayor for the unexpired term of the latter in the event of temporary or permanent vacancy as provided for in RA 7160.

He may also sit as chairman of the other bodies like the Police Coordinating and Advisory Council or other duties and tasks that may be given to him under an ordinance. Gihakop man tanan ni Mike. Mora man og siya ray makamao. Ihatag na lang na sa uban, Mr. Mike. Gumikan sa kadaghan, dili na ka maka-focus unya sa imong trabaho.


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