Os­meña not keen on am­i­ca­ble set­tle­ments

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - /RE­PORT ER MOREXET T E MARIE B. ER­RAM

CEBU City Mayor To­mas Os­meña is not keen on en­ter­ing into any am­i­ca­ble set­tle­ments in cases in­volv­ing the South Road Prop­er­ties (SRP).

This de­spite the fact that his al­lies in the city coun­cil, un­der the Bando Os meñ aP un­dokKausw ag an( BO PK) are se­ri­ously con­sid­er­ing pass­ing a res­o­lu­tion re­quest­ing him to do so.

Dur­ing the coun­cil’s reg­u­lar ses­sion last Tues­day (Oc­to­ber 9), Coun­cilor Dave Tu­mu­lak pro­posed a res­o­lu­tion au­tho­riz­ing the mayor to set­tle the nine cases in­volv­ing the SRP.

Tu­mu­lak’s move how­ever, was blocked since it was not in the agenda.

“That’s their (BOPK) ini­tia­tive. (But) no, not will­ing, no,” Os­meña told re­porters in an in­ter­view yes­ter­day.

He added that he would pre­fer to be in a fight­ing mode when it comes to cases in­volv­ing the re­claimed prop­erty, and would rather not set­tle into a com­pro­mise agree­ment in or­der to dis­pel sus­pi­cions that it’s a money-mak­ing scheme.

“It has to be ap­proved by the peo­ple. The mo­ment you hear com­prise it means naka kwarta si To­mas (To­mas has pock­eted some money), that’s why I’m para­noid about it,” ex­plained Os­meña.

Last Tues­day, Tu­mu­lak wanted his pro­posal in­cluded in the coun­cil’ s ses­sion.

But mem­bers from the op­po­si­tion Barug-PDP La­ban ob­jected to Tu­mu­lak’s move by cit­ing that res­o­lu­tions per­tain­ing to com­pro­mise agree­ments and set­tle­ments meant con­tracts are in­volved, and there­fore must first be in­cluded in the coun­cil’s agenda.

They added that the mat­ter should be placed un­der fur­ther de­lib­er­a­tion and dis­cus­sion, and time must be in­vested into it.

The res­o­lu­tion of Tu­mu­lak, who is al­lied with BOPK, was not in­cluded on Oc­to­ber 9’s agenda.

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