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Lucban Mayor Oli Dator challenges Vice Mayor to face off over delayed budget

Jan 17, 2022 @ 9:33

Things are heating up in Lucban over the delayed approval of its 2022 budget.

Lucban Mayor Oli Dator challenged Vice Mayor Moises Villaseñor to a face off so that the people of the town would know what really happened regarding the Sangguniang Bayan’s failure to approve the spending plan for this year.

In a Facebook post, Dator said Villaseñor should lay out his claims before the people.

Villaseñor had said that the approval was hampered by the failure of department heads and other officials to answer the council’s questions about the details of the budget.

He also said he was just one vote in the council, and other members opted to thumb it down as well.

It was not his fault that Dator had few allies in the council, he added.

He likewise castigated the Dator for mouthing expletives against the council members over the budget issue.

Dator, for his part, said the Vice Mayor should also explain his treatment of the local government’s department heads as well as the accusations he made against them during the budget hearings.

Villaseñor was also absent for most of the budget hearings, he said.

“Narito ako para ipagtanggol silang lahat, malinaw na hindi ninyo ipinasa ang budget, malinaw din na napakahabang panahon na, na itoy pinag uusapan bago pa man pormal na naihain ang kabuuan sa inyong tanggapan, kuwasa at palagi kang absent maging sa mga ginagawang budget deliberation at pag oras na dapat aksyunan ay tsaka ka pa magtatanong ng mga bagay na matagal ng nasagot,” he said.

The mayor said he was only thinking of the welfare of the people.

“Kailanman hindi ko inisip ang sarili ko sa ginagawa kong paglilingkod handa akong magsakripisyo at maghirap na ang kapalit ay kaginhawahan ng serbisyo para sa ating mga kababayan. Yun ang wala ka. Tama na ang paghuhugas ng kamay mo,” he said.

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