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No grandstanding please

It is commendable that the City Council is initiating investigations on anomalies and malpractices of the past in the hope of rectifying the excesses of local governance not only in the past but in previous administrations.

And if this city administration will also be remiss in some ways, they will also suffer the same fate after their terms shall have expired, if the next administration will be as progress-oriented as they are now.

Right from the start we knew that the heavy equipment issue was a product of political envy and intrigue in that the administrators were sustained in the end even by the higher courts.

Next we have this P3M anomaly in installing hundreds of electrical connections in poor houses but it was found out that the beneficiaries were political supporters of the past city administration in that the opposition were denied same access. Worse it was the vice mayor and not the mayor who was allegedly the star ultra vires player.

Only recently, six imported bullet proof vests for the police were missing . Thanks to Rep. Sagarbarria the former mayor, who found the items and returned them to the city. Thanks Ting.

We received reports that these are not the last of the past anomalies which will be unearthed by the six-lawyer SP team in the legislature.

Most of all we donít want grandstanding. If they have to investigate, they have to pass legislation as to how to avoid its repetition; and most of all, file cases to the most guilty so that public accountability will be best served.





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