No kin in my government – Bauzon
By Mortz C. Ortigoza
CALASIAO – “No relatives in my administration.”
This pronouncement came from this town’s incoming mayor Joseph Arman Bauzon on his style of governance.
Politicians in the Philippines have the propensity to hire relatives whenever they win an elected office.
The 27 year-old Bauzon said he had no idea how much is the amortization of this town’s local government unit (LGU) for the loans from the government banks.
“I will look for it upon assumption of my office,” he said.
He said until now the LGU continues to pay the debt from the Land Bank of the Philippines in 2008 and 2014.
In August 2014 the administration of outgoing mayor Mark Roy Macanlalay borrowed P75 million from the LBP.
The money was used to fund the construction or completion of this town’s P55 million sports and commercial complex, construction of the P10 million abattoir with facilities and equipment and installation of P10 million street lights along provincial and national roads.
“I did not vote for the P75 million,”Bauzon, who was a councilor when the loan was deliberated upon, said.
Bauzon beat this town vice mayor Roy Macanlalay in the May 9 election by 3,452 votes.
Macanlalay is first cousi of Bauzon’s father Armando, the village chief of Ambonao.
Councilor Dennis Torio said the equation in the eight regular councilors in the Sangguniang Bayan are four solon from Macanlalay’s Nationalist People’s Coalition while Bauzon’s Liberal Party got three lawmakers and his tandem come backing vice mayoralty bet Ferdinand Galang, while another councilor came from UNA Party.
Bauzon did not worry about the plurality of the number of Macanlalay’s councilors.
“I know Councillor Torio voted for me in the last election,” he jested to amuse Torio who joined him in the birthday celebration of their faired hair boy for the coming village chief election in Barangay Macabito here.
An expert in the politics here cited that all if not most of these NPC and UNA lawmakers would defect to Bauzon as he gears for his three years stint.
He said when former Mayor Roy Macanlalay defeated the son of former mayor Celso de Vera, the councilors shifted allegiance to Macanlalay.
Macanlalay helped him by approving the ordinances for in this town like the P60 million for the construction of the municipal hall after the old building was gutted by fire,” he said.
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