Kag. Ocon asks for­give­ness; Canoy’s daughter `no apol­ogy’

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

AN emo­tional City Coun­cilor Zaldy Ocon ap­peared be­fore the City Coun­cil on Mon­day, ask­ing for for­mer Ca­gayan de Oro City Mayor Reuben Canoy’s for­give­ness after they fig­ured in an al­ter­ca­tion last week.

In his spe­cial re­port dur­ing the weekly session, Ocon re­counted what led to their ar­gu­ment on June 7, Fri­day in­side a ho­tel.

Ocon said from 5 am to 9 am on that day, he fo­cused on air­ing their cov­er­age on the ar­rest of a coun­cilor in Tagoloan, Misamis Ori­en­tal. After the cov­er­age, the Radyo Min­danao Natin’s (RMN) news team had their break­fast in VIP Ho­tel, where Canoy was there at the time.

Ocon said he was shocked when the old man called him only to in­sult him for not air­ing his “Per­spec­tive” pro­gram.

The 90-year-old Canoy, who was on a

wheel­chair, then told him he was fired from the ra­dio sta­tion.

Ocon said he tried to ex­plain what hap­pened but Canoy con­tin­ued to rant.

“Sa akong kaulit, ako siyang gis­ing­gi­tan, in­gon ko go ahead, pero dili ikaw akong giba­likas, kundili tun­god kadto sa akong ka­suko, pero dili ikaw akong gi­tum­bok,” the coun­cilor said.

Ocon re­ferred to Canoy as his men­tor, adding that he would not have made it as City Coun­cilor if not for the for­mer mayor.

“Tun­god sa nahitabo, please for­give me. I’m very sorry also to your fam­ily, I hope inyo kong masab­tan. I’m very sorry, you are my men­tor I can­not afford to lam­bast you, pero ikaw una sir ang wala ni­hatag og re­speto kanako, da­pat ikaw una ni­hatag og re­speto,” he added.

Ocon also cried foul on the “vi­ral video” for show­ing only the last part of it with him be­rat­ing the for­mer mayor.

Con­trary to ear­lier re­ports, Ocon said he was not ter­mi­nated. He re­mains an em­ployee of RMN un­til next year, based on his con­tract.

“I am wait­ing for any dis­ci­plinary action but in the mean­time, I will still con­tinue to work pa­dayon sa tahas nga gi­hatag sa RMN kanako,” he said.

Rhona Canoy how­ever said she felt Ocon’s apol­ogy fell flat.

“What was it for? I don’t know what he was apol­o­giz­ing for. We can­not as­sume that he was apol­o­giz­ing to us be­cause he was telling it to the city coun­cil. When he also said he was sorry, ni­in­gon pud sya nga da­pat daw una ni­pakita ug re­speto si mayor Canoy, so I don’t know what it was for,” she said.

When she in­formed her fa­ther about the apol­ogy, the for­mer mayor only said: “Ahh, maoba? (Re­ally?)”.

Rhona said they are de­ter­mined to push through a case against Ocon on the is­sue of con­duct un­be­com­ing of a gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial.

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