Lucena Councilor Sunshine Abcede slams mayor’s order for her to leave city government event
Lucena Councilor and mayoralty candidate Sunshine Abcede lamented that traditional politics is rearing its head in the city.
This was after she accused Mayor Dondon Alcala of giving orders to evict her from a local government sponsored event.
Abcede delivered a privilege speech where she said that as chair or the social welfare committee, she attended the distribution of allowance of barangay health workers and day care workers held at the new evacuation center.
She said that as a working councilor, she wanted to thank them for their hard work and sacrifice for the people of Lucena during the pandemic.
But during the event, staff members from the Special Project Unit told her that Alcala was angry that she was at the event, and pleaded with her to leave lest they lose their job.
They surrounded her and escorted her out, which is a violation of her rights, she said.
She asked why she was not allowed at the event when it was held using public funds.
“Ako ay mamamayan ng Lucena, nagkataon lamang na konsehal, tahimik na nakaupo sa likod ng isang gawain ng siyudad, pinaalis ng mga kawani ng City Government. Anong lungsod ang meron tayo? Ito ba ay kaharian? May hari, may prinsipe? Walang paggalang sa mga mamamayan. Walang paggalang sa karapatan,” she said.
Abcede said she may have been wrong to expect that there would be a level playing field for all candidates in Lucena, but it should not be the case that workers are punished for being seen with the incumbent’s rivals.
“Anong klaseng Lucena ito? Bago? Anong klaseng pulitika meron tayo? Akala ko pinutol na ang tanikala ng pananakot at panggigipit, na kikilos sa malumanay at walang pananakot na paraan. Mas matindi pa yata?” she said.
She is not asking for special treatment, all she wants is a fair fight, she said.
“Ang hiling na ito may hindi lamang para sa akin. Ito ay para sa bawat isang mamamayan ng ating lungsod na uhaw sa marangal at matinong pamamahala. Ito ay para sa mga kabataan na ngyon pa lamang boboto. Kailangan nilang masaksihan na hindi lahat ng halalan ay ganito kasalimuot. At sana ay lumaban tayo ng patas, lumaban ng naaayon sa batas,” she said.
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