Oca: ‘Op­po­si­tion don’t want me to per­form’

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Front Page - By PJ Orias

City Mayor Os­car Moreno is fac­ing yet an­other batch of fresh cases af­ter the Of­fice of the Om­buds­man came out with 5 ad­min­is­tra­tive cases and 9 crim­i­nal com­plaints against the mayor stem­ming from al­leged ano­ma­lous equip­ment rentals when Moreno was still Misamis Ori­en­tal gov­er­nor.

Lawyer Dale Mor­deno, Moreno’s le­gal coun­sel, said a to­tal of 26 cases al­ready came out against the mayor out of the 48 cases filed by An­to­nio Nuñez for the al­legedly ano­ma­lous equip­ment rental.

Of the 26 cases, 15 are crim­i­nal cases, while the other 11 cases ad­min­is­tra­tive in na­ture.

Mor­deno said he filed a mo­tion for re­con­sid­er­a­tion be­fore the Om­buds­man yes­ter­day, and if need be, will again file a pe­ti­tion for the is­suance of TRO be­fore the CA to pre­vent the mayor’s dis­missal.

For his part, Moreno re­it­er­ated that prices of the rented equip­ment were rea­son­able and that the peo­ple of the prov­ince ben­e­fited from the said equip­ment.

Moreno likened the cases to po­lit­i­cal ha­rass­ment

say­ing his crit­ics are only us­ing the le­gal fo­rum to im­mo­bi­lize him and to pre­vent him from per­form­ing.

“Ang ques­tion karon, when will this end? Sa kang Dongkoy, hu­mana man sig­uro ang is­to­rya,” he said, re­fer­ring to for­mer city mayor Vi­cente ‘Dongkoy’ Emano.

“But let me point out that to de­stroy is not the way to get the man­date of the peo­ple, not by de­mol­ish­ing other ri­vals, that is not the way to de­mol­ish other peo­ple, mao na ilang gibuhat kang El­izaga, Ta­garda, Lag­bas, even kang Amb­ing, Atty. So­ri­ano, tanan nga po­ten­tial ri­vals, de­mo­li­tion was the key. Dongkoy has never been known to be a per­former, Dongkoy is a good de­mol­isher,” he said.

“Pero, I think the worst is over now. Naa pa gi­hapon ang de­mo­li­tion, pero I hope rem­nants nalang ni,” he added.

Moreno ex­plained that he needed to rent the equip­ment since the prov­ince then could not af­ford to buy its own equip­ment.

He said when he as­sumed of­fice, the prov­ince had no money be­cause of the huge debt in­curred by the prov­ince-run Misamis Ori­en­tal Tele­phone Sys­tem, In­cor­po­rated (Msor­tel).

“When I as­sumed of­fice, daghan kaay­ong prob­lema sa probin­sya. Num­ber 1 walay equip­ment atong Provincial En­gi­neer, wala gani backhoe, walay pi­son, ikaduha, walay kwarta ang Misamis Ori­en­tal, tun­god sa utang Misor­tel, kay re­mem­ber, half a bil­lion pe­sos, giu­tang sa pana­hon ni Dongkoy for the ex­pan­sion of Misor­tel, pero grabe na ex­pan­sion wala man nahitabo, they were tar­get­ing more than 30,000 sub­scribers, pero wala gane muabot ug 15,000,” he said.

“The sub­sidy then in 2004 was al­ready P48 mil­lion, unya dili man mahimo na dili kini bayran kay naka-as­sign man diha ang IRA (In­ter­nal Rev­enue Al­lot­ment( sa probin­sya sa DBP, so sigeng bayad ang prov­ince, mi­nus ang rev­enue sa Misor­tel, walay rev­enue,” he added.

The mayor said the money that could have been used for the in­fra­struc­ture, and other projects was not avail­able any­more, thus re­sorted to the rental.

Mor­deno mean­while said the mayor is ‘stand­ing on good ground.’

He said this was af­firmed when the SC last week cleared the mag­is­trates of the CA-Min­danao Sta­tion from ac­cu­sa­tions it com­mit­ted a mis­take when it is­sued Tem­po­rary Re­strain­ing Or­ders (TRO) and Writ of Pre­lim­i­nary In­junc­tions (WPI), against the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the dis­missal or­der which found Moreno, along with for­mer city trea­surer Glen Bañez, of hav­ing com­mit­ted grave mis­con­duct for en­ter­ing into an al­leged il­le­gal tax set­tle­ment agree­ment with Aji­nomoto Philippines.

Mor­deno said there is a good chance that their case has a shot at the SC.

“Ang tubag, we can­not pre-empt the de­ci­sion of the Supreme Court in the main case, but we can pretty well say that we are stand­ing on good grounds, for one, be­cause, there are fac­tual and le­gal ba­sis on the is­suance of the TRO, the same is true to the is­suance of WPI,” he said.

Mor­deno also said that there are “tech­ni­cal def­fi­ciency’ in Guialani’s pe­ti­tion, which he doubts that the lat­ter can com­ply.

“So we will see, but we can say that we are stand­ing on good grounds, and to us, that is enough, of course Guialani can still file mo­tion for re­con­sid­er­a­tion, but you must re­mem­ber that the de­ci­sion was ren­dered En Banc, mean­ing tanan Jus­tices nag­pirma, even the Chief Jus­tice, unan­i­mous pa gyud, so I doubt if that can be re­versed,” he said.

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