AGREE OR DISAGREE
By DEMOSTHENES P. MAGLASANG SR.
MEN that comprise the “CIRCLE OF POWER” should be clothed with the highest degree of integrity, loyalty, honesty, or honest to the core, intellectual capacity that in no doubt always use their common sense. They should be responsible enough by acting to the limit only of the delegated power and authority, and can be relied upon, at all times, by the power that be, rather than acting like a Gestapo of the Nazi rule. If they are on the opposite side of what they should so act in compliance to their mandated delegated power and authority, well, they can unmake leader.
It is fact conclusive that there are those who take advantage of the trust and confidence given to them as members of the Circle of Power of the Power That Be, especially so by enriching themselves through manipulations like borrowing money from the suppliers, by over pricing, by ghost delivery, by getting materials or merchandise from the suppliers using the name of the city government, but such materials and/or merchandise will be sold to their co-employees within which the proceed of which will be pocketed. Some of them will ask 35% or 20% out of the amount of the purchase order. In ghost delivery, say the amount to be purchased on the approved Purchase Request is Php.50,000, such amount will be deducted by 30% or add to the Php.50,000 30%, the deducted amount will be given to the requisitioning office upon approval of the purchase order. They have the option to buy or not to buy the articles described in the purchase order. Most often, they shared equally the deducted amount. The Department Head of that particular department may have the biggest share of the loot. The suppliers will advance payment in cash to the requisitioning officer the moment the purchase order is received by them. There is somebody who will just audit or inspect ghost deliveries and affix his name in the inspection report as long as the price is right. To say the least, a syndicated corrupt activity done by those who were the recipients of the trust and confidence by the Power That Be.
If it is true that this scenario of syndicated corrupt activity is still existing up to now, well, it would be logical to stop it now before it’s too late. We all know for sure that our City Mayor is honest and never tolerate corruption under his administration. If this is true even up to the present, those involved in illegal activities like corruption, may not get away from it, but exacted with appropriate legal action whoever they may be. His spear knows no brother, friends and relatives, we, the people of Iligan City can assure for that. They will be nipped in the bud within the bounds of the law.
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