Chaos in the city?
Perhaps, Mayor Tomas Osmeña wants chaos to rule after he cut the allowances of workers in the city’s 80 barangays
What made Daanbantayan Mayor Vicente Loot sure that if Police Chief Insp. Jovie Espenido is assigned in his town, Espenido could help clear his name as drug protector? Mayor Loot’s statement was not only presumptuous but also places Espenido in an odd if not difficult situation if he is assigned in Cebu.
Perhaps, Mayor Loot made said that because President Duterte has assigned Espenido to Iloilo City, whose Mayor Jed Mabilog is in the President’s list of narco-politicians (like Loot). Note that every time the President speaks of his war against drugs, Loot’s name is mentioned as a drug protector.
Before joining politics, Mayor Loot was the regional commander of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Region 8, the area of operation of detained drug lord Kerwin Espinosa.
Despite Mayor Loot’s claim that the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) cleared him of the drug protector tag, he is still in the President’s list. Mayor Loot is probably banking on the fact that Espenido was his subordinate when he was director of PNP Region 8. But he should be careful because, as he said, Espenido is upright.
As a retired police general, Mayor Loot is one of the richest police officers in the country with a net worth of more than a P100 million. He, however, explained how his family earned such enormous wealth over the years.
Perhaps, Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña wants chaos to rule after he cut the allowances of workers in the city’s 80 barangays. Close to 3,000 of them will be affected.
I still believe that the spirit of volunteerism is in everyone’s heart, but in this time of need I doubt if members of the Lupon Tagapamayapa, the barangay health workers and the tanods would perform their task with a hungry stomach.
The allowances of these barangay workers may be discretionary but if the principle in labor laws that what is voluntarily given cannot taken back applies in the government service, then Osmeña is wrong.
What Mayor Osmeña did does not serve him well as an elected official. It is another setback to the city’s public service. ABC President Philip Zafra could only sigh in vain.
If the city mayor’s move is unfair, cannot the opposition legislators raise this issue to a higher level, like the Office of the President?