Sun.Star Pampanga - - LIFE­STYLE! -

Re­fus­ing to ar­gue with the “base­less ac­cu­sa­tions” thrown at him, Sambo in­stead urged the elected of­fi­cials dur­ing the ad­min­is­tra­tion of for­mer Mayor Lito Na­guit to dis­close to To­masians the truth be­hind Pelco-3 debt amount­ing to P29,114,677.68 left by the past ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Sambo said the ar­rears were ac­cu­mu­lated dur­ing the nine-year lead­er­ship of Na­guit, who is the brother of in­cum­bent Coun­cilor and vice-may­oralty bet Jhong Na­guit, and then vice-may­ors Glo­ria Ni­nang Ronquillo (2007-2013), who is gun­ning for the may­oralty post, and Mark Louie Arceo (20132016) who is seek­ing a seat at the Sang­gu­ni­ang Bayan.

Ronquillo is the wife of for­mer mayor Romeo “Ni­nong” Ronquillo while Arceo is the son of for­mer mayor Lu­cas Arceo. Romeo and Lu­cas, to­gether with Lito, have pub­licly de­clared their al­liance in a bid to un­seat Sambo as mayor of this town.

“If they wanted to join forces against me, that’s on them. But they must first an­swer their obli­ga­tions to To­masians to dis­close the truth be­hind the huge debt left be­hind by the ad­min­is­tra­tion of Lito Na­guit, and his then-vice may­ors Ni­nang Ronquillo and Mark Louie Arceo,” Sambo said.

Based on the Pelco-3 state­ment of re­port pre­sented by Sambo to Sun.Star Pam­panga, the mu­nic­i­pal hall ar­rears stretch back from July 2008 to June 2016, wherein the to­tal prin­ci­pal amounts to P14,910,853.65 and have ac­cu­mu­lated in­ter­ests amount­ing to P14,203,824.03.

Sambo said his ad­min­is­tra­tion has al­ready paid about P700,000 from the said elec­tric bills ar­rears, aside from reg­u­larly up­dat­ing the monthly dues of the mu­nic­i­pal hall for al­most three years.

“The lo­cal gov­ern­ment is able to some­how lessen the ar­rears by paying monthly, but I also have to pay my monthly con­sum­ables or our elec­tric­ity supply will be cut-off,” Sambo said.

Sambo won­dered over the Na­guit ad­min­is­tra­tion’s fail­ure to set­tle elec­tric bills reg­u­larly when his ad­min­is­tra­tion is able to up­date on a monthly ba­sis the mu­nic­i­pal hall’s con­sumed elec­tric ser­vice.

“I can­not un­der­stand why their ar­rears bal­looned to al­most P30-mil­lion. In my two years, I can proudly say that our ac­count is up­dated de­spite the in­crease in street lights. I be­lieve they owe To­masians the ex­pla­na­tion and I sug­gest that they use their time on­stage to do that in­stead of throw­ing base­less ac­cu­sa­tions against me,” he said.

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