A HOMEOWNERS association has sought the help of the City Government after the application for barangay clearance of its members was “turned down” allegedly due to “politics.”

Reno Casimsiman, zone leader of Acasia Extension Homeowners Association in Zone 7, Barangay Carmen, filed a complaint in behalf of the association before the City Council Committee on Urban Poor chaired by Councilor Alexander Dacer.

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Casimsiman said their application for barangay clearance was allegedly rejected by Carmen barangay chief Lorna Uy after they were identified as allies of Mayor Vicente Y. Emano.

Barangay Carmen is the bailiwick of former District 1 Rep. Rolando Uy, who became Emano’s closest rival in the May 10 polls.

Casimsiman alleged that when the staff of Uy knew that they were identified with Emano, “they used politics to hinder us from getting barangay certificates that we should use for employment.”

“Around 20 residents from Zone 7 went to my house last Sunday and said their application for such requirements was also denied,” Casimsiman said.

On Monday, Dacer advised the members of the association to file an affidavit proving that their statement is true.

Dacer said he would then submit the affidavit to the Blue Ribbon Committee for investigation.

“The committee will sanction Barangay Carmen if their allegations are proven true. The possible sanction would be administrative where they will be penalized or warned, depending on how severe the case is,” Dacer said.

When sought for comment, Uy denied the allegation, saying they are out to provide service to the people in the barangay regardless of political affiliation.

“We don’t take revenge. What we are after at is to provide service to the people,” she said.

Uy stressed that there are a lot of people who come and go inside the barangay hall requesting for permits and all of them were being accommodated regardless of who “their allies are during the election.” (Nicole J. Managbanag)