Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Masbate town official questions withholding of funds for LGUprojects
By Norman B. Tamar

CAWAYAN, Masbate, March 16 (PNA) -- Cawayan Vice-Mayor Ramon Abinuman has questioned the withholding by the acting Masbate governor, Vice-Govenor Vince Homer Revil, of the funding for projects in their municipality that are financed by the provincial government.

“What’s our fault, Vice Governor Revil? why did you withhold the provincial-funded projects in our municipality?” Abinuman said in an interview here over the weekend.

He also opened the issue up during his speech in one of the night events in his hometown feast of their patron saint last week.

Revil was one of the invited guests in the town’s fiesta but the acting governor did not attend and instead sent a proxy to deliver his speech.

Abinuman lamented Revil's non-appearance on the occasion and told the proxy to convey his message to the vice governor asking what their faults are that made the latter withhold all of the aligned projects in Cawayan funded by the provincial government of Masbate.

“We, in Cawayan made him (Revil) win during election without asking financial assistance from him but why did he do this to us in return,” Abinuman said

Mayor Edgar S. Condor, in a separate interview, disclosed that during his visit to Governor Rizalina Seachon-Lanete at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology in Camp Bagong Diwa, Bicutan, Taguig City, he learned that the suspended governor had sought assistance from the majority of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan members to oppose the decision of Revil to realign all approved budget for provincial-funded projects.

This is also the reason why the provincial board members jointly decided to boycott two of the council's sessions held every Monday.

Condor said Lanete just did not want the idea of Revil to realign the budget.

“Kung gusto niya ang SOP, okay, iyaha na, basta ayaw lang jud i-realign ang budget (If he wants the SOP, it's okay; just don't realign the project)," Condor recounted what Lanete told him.

Cawayan town had been run by a single complete line-up from the mayor down to Sangguniang Bayan members with no opposition from the mayoral bid in two consecutive elections.

Any political figure from the top position in the province could gain advantage from their support, said one Cawayan municipal employee.

Revil has stopped all the projects of Lanete since the time she surrendered to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group and was ordered by the Department of the Interior and Local Government to assume the position of acting governor.

Lanete had been allegedly involved in the Php10-billion public fund scam of Janet Lim- Napoles during her time in Congress which led to a plunder case against her.

"Though the assumption of Revil as acting governor is not a Supreme Court ruling but a DILG’s opinion, we are left with nothing to do but obey its rules” said Condor.

The PNA learned from some provincial board members that the heavy equipment being used in the projects had been returned to the Provincial Engineering Office because of Revil's order to stop all of the projects. (PNA) CTB/FGS/NBT/CBD/EBP