ANGELES CITY -- A close aide of Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan has assailed Councilor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin for issuing statement against the P287-million bank loan of the city government to fund various projects.

Jose Aubrey “Jay” Pelayo IV, Pamintuan’s communications officer, said that Lazatin did not voice out his opposition [against the loan and project] in the council.

“Is he trying to disrespect the decision of his co-council members?" Pelayo asked.

The city council, where Lazatin is a member, has already approved all the necessary resolutions and ordinances relative to the loan, according to Pelayo.

“He never voiced out his opposition during the sessions. The majority of the councilors (in fact 10 out of 11) have voted for the loan. Lazatin should respect that,” he said.

During the council hearing, Lazatin only raised questions that were answered by City Engineer Donato DIzon, Lawyer Reymon Fabros, Budget Officer Fe Corpuz, City Accountant Wilfredo Tiotuico, and Treasurer Juliet Quinsaat, Pelayo added.

He added that Lazatin objected and voted only against the memorial park.

“He asked bakit kailangan bumili ng lote? Bakit katabi ng resettlement ang sementeryo? Yung funds na gagamitin to build a public cemetery is exorbitant na pwede naman gamitin for socialized housing. Yes in-object niya yung loan and SB. That expected of him as minority,” Pelayo said.

He claimed that these were the same questions raised before.

“Rehash of old issues that were irrelevant to the loan," Pelayo said.

Pelayo said Lazatin is against development and worthy projects for the people of Angeles.

“Buri ng sabyan ali na buri ing masanting a malilyari keng siyudad at kareng pang daratang a projects," Pelayo said.