MAGANES: Again, Bayambang mayor is in hot water

May 3, 2015 at 9:01 pm Leave a comment


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The problem of Bayambang I Central School where the children and teachers were transferred to a new site in Bical village is not yet through.

Bayambang Mayor Ricardo Camacho and businessman Willy Chua are still facing investigation by the Office of the Ombudsman because of the complaint filed against them by the Parents Teachers Association of the school. The PTA claimed Camacho and Chua violated Section 3(e) of Republic Act No. 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

Barely four months after the case was filed, Camacho is again facing two complaints before the Office of the Ombudsman. One is a case filed by the members of the Sangguniang Bayan headed by Vice Mayor Mylvin Junio for the illegal purchase of Toyota Granvia van in the amount of P380,000. The said officials said Camacho made them believe that the vehicle is owned by him.

The transaction did not pass through the Sangguniang Pangbayan which has to give him the authority to purchase the van. There was also no conduct of bidding. The worst was that the purchase was undertaken in 2013 and they have only known about it only on March 15, 2015.

There are three violations they filed against Camacho: violation of Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, violation of Section 7(a) of Republic Act No. 6713 or the Code of Conduct and the Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees and malversation under Article 217 of the Revised Penal Code.

Another complaint was filed at the Office of the Ombudsman by businessman Cesar T. Quiambao. This is in connection with the grills used during the staging of the Malangsi Festival in 2014 when Bayambang town landed in the Guinness Book of Records for the 8-kilometer longest grill. Quiambao, from his personal funds, donated 8,000 pieces of barbecue grills in the amount of P4,640,000 to the municipal government of Bayambang. However, Mayor Camacho reported to the Commission on Audit (COA) that the municipal government spent P1,877,301.35 for the purchase of 3,000 barbecue grills and 2,000 kilos of tilapia based on the Annual Gender and Development Accomplishment Report of 2014.

Based on these complaints, the members of the Sangguniang Bayan members of Bayambang said Camacho has betrayed his own people. They joined businessman Quiambao in the quest for a clean governance.

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What is happening to Mayor Camacho? At the start of his political career, he has shown greatness in his job as municipal mayor? Did power already enter his head that his oath to protect the interest of Bayambangueños has been put aside?

There are now three complaints he is facing before the Office of the Ombudsman. Each complaint according to legal experts, are loaded with heavy evidence that could pin him down.

He is now in his last term as a municipal mayor and yet he has not provided himself with a good name for him to be remembered. Instead, his political career and service will be put into oblivion and be named as the municipal mayor of Bayambang with many cases filed at the Office of Ombudsman.

The Bayambang I Central School fiasco is already a case teeming with controversies. Camacho could not even ascertain whether there was authority provided to him by the Sangguniang Bayan for the swapping of land of the school’s original site to that of the land that belongs to businessman Chua. That case alone must already be giving him headaches much more with two more complaints lodged against him.

The complainants swore that the filing of the cases against Camacho has nothing to do with politics. They said they have duties to do particularly in their obligations to protect the interest of the people of Bayambang.

How about Camacho? I hope he will not answer them back that these complaints were just “politically motivated” , a statement that has long been used by public officials to deny accusations hurled against them. Hopefully, the Office of the Ombudsman will look closely into the cases.

(For comments, email me at emperorvirgil@yahoo.com. Visit my blog The Roving Pen at http://www.virgilmaganes.wordpress.com. For radio commentaries, tune in to Bombo Radyo Dagupan, 1125 KHZ, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 6:30-7:00 AM- ” GISING PANGASINAN”)

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