Nene tells Oca: STAY AND fight

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

Cagayan de Oro’s grand old man of pol­i­tics said Mayor Oscar Moreno should “fight for what he thinks is right” and stand his ground against what the for­mer city mayor and Se­nate Pres­i­dent char­ac­ter­ized as po­lit­i­cal ha­rass­ment.

Aquilino ‘Nene’ Pi­mentel said po­lit­i­cal ha­rass­ment of­ten comes with be­ing a pub­lic of­fi­cial and re­called that he, too, was a vic­tim of po­lit­i­cal per­se­cu­tion dur­ing the time of for­mer Pres­i­dent Fer­di­nand Mar­cos.

The el­der Pi­mentel, fa­ther of in­cum­bent Se­nate Pres­i­dent Aquilino ‘Koko’ Pi­mentel III, served as city mayor from 1980-1984. As city mayor, Pi­mentel was im­pris­oned and re­moved from of­fice for his op­po­si­tion to Mar­cos.

“Mayor Moreno, nga mag­pa­bilin kang mayor para sa kaay­ohan sa na­sud. Kanang mga ha­rass­ment ba­tok kan­imo, tipik kana sa imong pub­lic po­si­tion,” he said.

Pi­mentel, who spoke in a fo­rum on fed­er­al­ism Tues­day, Septem­ber 26, also came to the de­fense of Moreno say­ing that ‘chop­ping up’ one case just to ha­rass a pub­lic of­fi­cial is un­jus­ti­fi­able.

Pi­mentel, how­ever, said while he has not read facts of the charges against Moreno, he has been told about the po­lit­i­cal predica­ment of Moreno.

Moreno on Mon­day was al­most re­moved from of­fice af­ter the De­part­ment of In­te­rior and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment (DILG) im­ple­mented 5 dis­missal or­ders by the Of­fice of the Om­buds­man stem­ming from Moreno’s time as gover­nor of Misamis Ori­en­tal.

Moreno’s camp, how­ever, in­sisted that the ser­vice of the Om­buds­man dis­missal or­ders had no ef­fect as these were not served to Moreno per­son­ally.

Moreno’s team also got a tem­po­rary re­strain­ing or­der and sta­tus quo ante or­der on the same day the DILG served the Om­buds­man or­ders.

“Tin­uod pagka­sulti, natin­gala kaayo ko, por­bida kadaghan ba kaay­ong asunto ang gaatuban­gon ni Mayor Moreno, unya gi­pahibalo nila kanako na usa ra na ka asunto pero ila kanang gi chop chop. Dili man tin­gali matarong kana, sa akong tan-aw lang, ako abo­gado di man ako maka­hatag ug hug­pong nga tubag un­less I see the read­ings, but from afar, dili man tin­gali matarong na ang usa ka asunto imong himuon sa daghan aron ma-har­ras mo ang hing­tung­dan nga of­fi­cial, on that prin­ci­ple, dili maayo (Hon­estly, I am con­fused why he is fac­ing so many cases and I learned, this is one just one case but was in­ten­tion­aly chopped. This is un­fair, for me, from afar, I can say it is un­fair that you chop one case only to ha­rass an of­fi­cial, on that prin­ci­ple, that is not a good prac­tice) ,” the 83 years old Pi­mentel said.

Pi­mentel said while it is good that the mayor can avail of le­gal reme­dies such as the tem­po­rary re­strain­ing or­der, he said the ‘cur­rent prac­tice’ of the Of­fice of the Om­buds­man is un­fair.

“Po­lit­i­cal ha­rass­ment kini. Usa sa mga ahen­sya sa gob­y­erno na gi-atasan aron walay po­lit­i­cal ha­rass­ment mao ang Om­buds­man, pero ang Om­buds­man, panan­gli­tan si (Con­chita) Car­pio-Mo­rales, magsalig man sab na siya sa iyang re­gional Om­buds­man na naa sa Davao, you see? So daghan kaayo ang an­gay pang buha­ton (This is po­lit­i­cal ha­rass­ment. One of the agen­cies of gov­ern­ment tasked to pre­vent po­lit­i­cal ha­rass­ment is the Om­buds­man, but the Om­buds­man, for ex­am­ple, Car­pio Mo­rales, she will also only de­pend on its re­gional of­fice in Davao. So there are still so much to do),” he said.

“Kanang idea lang nga buk-on nimo ang usa ka kaso nga himuon daghan, murag dili na matarong, speak­ing from afar (The idea that you break a case into pieces to make it into mul­ti­ple cases, it’s not fair, speak­ing from afar),” Pi­mentel added.

Moreno’s ac­cuser, Antonio Nuñez, ear­lier said he only filed plun­der and three other com­plaints against Moreno over the al­legedly anoma­lous lease of heavy equip­ment with­out pub­lic bid­ding.

How­ever, Nuñez said it is the Om­buds­man chopped up his com­plaints, from 4 cases to a to­tal of 48 ad­min­is­tra­tive and crim­i­nal cases against the mayor and for­mer mem­bers of the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment’s bids and awards com­mit­tee.

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