MASANTOL -- Open market vendors in this town aired their support for embattled Mayor Danilo Guintu who was suspended by the Office of Ombudsman for grave misconduct and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of public service.
Guintu's 90-day suspension, which started on September 12, came after he allegedly disregarded Municipal Ordinance No. 2015-003 Series of 2015 and the Masantol Traffic Code after he allowed the operation of “tiangge” on Saturdays, aside from its original schedule during Thursdays.
Incumbent Councilor Bernie Guevarra, former vice mayor Ralph Nulud and former councilor Chris Bondoc on October 11, 2017 filed the case against the mayor.
The operation of “tiangge" which requires the closure of a portion of Poblacion road is allowed during Thursdays as stipulated in the local ordinance, and the altering of its schedule is allegedly illegal.
Lorna Pabalate, the vendor organization's president, claimed that the embattled local chief executive's action roots from his will to provide better income to his constituents.
“Yaku pu bilang presidenti ning tiangge kening Masantol, ala ku pung ikit mali king gewa yu pung linipat yeng Sabadu ing tianggi, uling mas manakitan ke pu pauli da pu reng mamanuling weekends a magobra manibatan Manila o kalapit a lugar. Metung la pung manyali karen paninda mi ren a mekasaup kekami,” she said.
(I, as president of the open market vendors in Masantol, I did not see anything wrong in your action to move the schedule of open market day to Saturday because we earn bigger because of the people that go home from Manila or other place which becomes our customers.)
Pabalate said that almost 200 families from Masantol and adjacent Macabebe town, whose main source of livelihood is their tiangge business, has benefitted from Guintu's decision to move the open market day schedule.
She also disclosed that even during the implementation of road clearing operations which prohibited any obstructions on roads including ambulant vendors, Guintu ensured that vendors will still be given proper site to continue their livelihood.
“Uling king lugud at unawa yu pu king pusu yu, gagawan yu pung paralan para kumabye kaming 200 pamilyang mamasa mu pu king pamagtinda king tiangge kening sasakupan yung lugar. Ini mu pu metung a katibayan na ikayupu bilang Mayor mi, kapakanan mi pung sasakupan yu ing atsu king isip yu,” she said.
(Because of the love and understanding in your heart, you always made sure that the livelihood of 200 families will not be suspended. This is only a testament that as our mayor, our welfare is always your main concern.)
Several other vendors also publicly expressed gratitude to Guintu for providing another source of livelihood for their families by allowing and supporting the operation of “tiangge" in the town's plaza.
“Dakal pong salamat ken malugud ming Mayor Danilo S. Guinto. Maragul pong bage a ginawa ko pong paralan na eyu po lubus leko in kekaming kabyayan, metung yapo ken asahan mi king kekaming pamilya in tiangge,” Remz Bustos posted.
(Thank you very much our beloved Mayor Danilo S. Guinty. It is very beneficial to us when you ensured that our livelihood will not totally abolished, especially that it helps in covering up our family's expenses.)