By CRIS DIAZ
THIS early, the political pot in Cagayan De Oro City has started to boil. With an imagined political adversary, City Hall has started to pick on provincial governor Yevgeny “Bambi” Emano, of Misamis Oriental, as the object of political derision. It reportedly began after rumors in the political corners circulated that Bambi Emano’s going to challenge the city’s mayoral post 2019 local polls.
Picking on the alleged rumor, City Hall has started to aim its guns toward the provincial capitol. The intense bombardment has just begun. Perhaps, City Hall has some reasons to worry about should Bambi Emano decides to join the political fray in the city. Whatever worries City Hall could be felt by what is has been doing in the past weeks and days. With “prayer rallies” and tarpaulins with print seeking “justice” for Cagayan De Oro City Mayor Oscar S. Moreno, one could smell something’s going on in the City Hall. The city residents might have the best guesses of what bother City Hall these days.
But, why Bambi Emano? The provincial capitol functions separate and distinct from City Hall. Of course, they are both poles apart. The CYNOSURE believes that City Hall has no business against the provincial capitol. It appears, however, that the rumor of Emano’s possible invasion of Cagayan De Oro has madly driven City Hall that it reportedly unleashed its venomous tirades against Bambi.
In a press statement, Bambi pondered on City Hall’s contemptuous attack against him. “I have the doubts that City Mayor Oscar Moreno is angry because I requested the Commissions on Audit (COA) to conduct a special audit of the provincial government when I was elected governor in 2013,” Emano said.
For all intent and purposes, the special COA audit was done in good faith as part of the routine exercised by any official who assumed or replaces an elected post from the predecessor, the young governor said.
“I have to know the provincial government’s financial status, human resources, properties – simply put: Assets and Liabilities as the newly elected governor so that I would know where and how to start my administration right,” Emano explained in his statement.
Well, records would also attest that it was not Bambi Emano who filed the 48 anti-graft and corrupt practices against Moreno. If one could remember, it was a certain Antonio Nuñez who filed the two dozen anti-graft cases against Moreno. The cases stemmed from the COA’s findings that Moreno allegedly entered into a lease agreement with the private contractor in the total amount of P 20.5 million without bidding and that the “canvassing” was reportedly rigged.
As a result, the Office of the Ombudsman, the country’s anti-graft court, issued 18 suspension and dismissal orders when the court found Moreno administratively guilty. Moreno, however, parried all the suspension and dismissal orders, thanks for the timely issuance of the restraining order by the local Court of Appeals (CA). A little bird, however, informed the CYNOSURE that more dismissal orders are coming. Who cares?
Of course, City Hall cares. Moreno reportedly accused Bambi of masterminding all the anti-graft cases against him (Moreno) in the province and in the city. Bambi, however, laughs off Moreno’s suspicions. “I have no time for politics this time, my immediate concern is how to serve the people of Misamis Oriental, transparently and honestly,” Emano said in a statement furnished the local media.
Perhaps, Moreno should be thankful that it is not Bambi who is running against him this time. Actually, Bambi Emano has something under his sleeves relative to the anti-graft cases against Moreno. Somebody warned that once Bambi switched the buttons, the anti-graft cases against Moreno would be likened to the “hydrogen bomb” of North Korea. Laughs! They that the City Hall’s barrage of howitzer cannons toward the provincial capitol would pale in comparison to Bambi’s hydrogen bomb. Whether that “hydrogen bomb” is true, it would certainly explode when the right time comes.
Anyway, the CYNOSURE believes it is too early for the two political camps to exchange political blows and bombardment. It would be in the best interest of the people for City Hall and the provincial government to buckle down to work as the servants of the people. Service First, Before Politics. -o- Email reaction/comments: [email protected]
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