Nalzaro: Shut up, Mike

SUSPENDED and outgoing Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama and the Movement for a Livable Cebu (MLC), a nongovernment organization, have criticized acting Mayor Margot Osmeña for suspending the construction of the new Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) for lack of a building permit. Construction of the building commenced last February during the City’s Charter Day celebration and until now the building permit application has not been processed.

Susmaryosep! How come this happened during your administration, Mike? You are the number one violator of the National Building Code when City Hall is supposed to be the role model. You keep on saying that “we should follow the rule of law” when you yourself blatantly and wantonly violate it.

You and your cohorts in the MLC better shut up.

Mike and MLC said the decision to suspend CCMC’s construction is detrimental to the interest of poor Cebuanos who will be the main beneficiaries of the “People’s Hospital,” a pet project of the Rama administration. Detrimental sa inyong kagaral? City Hall is only good at running after those who do not comply with the law on building permit applications but they themselves disregard their own policies and laws.

The suspension is only temporary. The lack of a building permit is due to the controversial road right-of-way. Margot is on the right track. We cannot just disregard the law because the project is beneficial to the masses and a very noble one. In fairness to Margot, she did not order the cancellation of the project. I myself am for the completion of the project because it will benefit the poor and the underprivileged sector of our society.

I’m telling Mike to temporarily shut up because every time he talks it only boomerangs back to him. Karon, supalpal na pod ka kay imo man ning sala nganong wala nimo gi-comply ang mga rekisitos sa wala pa sugdi ang maong proyekto. Paghilum lang sa una lagi. Pagpa-alim lang usa sa imong mga samad sa kasing-kasing nga imong nahi-aguman gumikan sa imong kaparutan. Unya na tingog og balik kung doul na ang eleksiyon sa 2019. The more you talk, the more you commit mistakes. Matod pa sa mga Chinese, “daghan sulti, daghan sayop. Maayo pa wala sulti, wala sayop.”

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In his speech during the thanksgiving party organized by his supporters over the weekend, President-elect Rodrigo Duterte reiterated his policy to eliminate graft and corruption under his administration. He warned various government agencies where corruption is prevalent to stop their shenanigans or else face sanctions like removal from office or serve time in jail.

Maayo kay wala siya nohisgot og patay sa mga corrupt. He also urged businessmen not to bribe government officials and employees when they transact business with them and urged citizens to report it immediately if they experience attempts of extortion.

It’s true that in corruption “its takes two to tango.” One reason corruption has flourished in our government bureaucracy is because there are people who are wiling to give bribes. But we cannot also blame these “givers” for shelling out some money to fast-track their transactions with the government. Bisan legal nang imong transactions pero tuyoon gyud og langay-langay aron ka modugo. This illegal practice is very rampant in some revenue-earning and regulatory agencies.

Under the Duterte administration, I look forward to this kind of illegal practice getting eliminated or at least minimized.

The government can save billions of pesos if we can reduce corruption. And I hope Duterte will make good his promise. But he cannot do it alone. He needs our full and all-out support.

(bobby@sunstar.com.ph)
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