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Incoming Taytay Councilor Tobit Cruz questions LGU’s selective donation to barangays

Jun 29, 2022 @ 10:18

Incoming Taytay Councilor Tobit Cruz voted against accepting the Taytay local government’s donation of vehicles, tents, chairs, and speakers to the barangay where he currently sits as an official.

Cruz said the donation raises several questions for him.

One is whether the local government really bought the vehicles for donation to the barangays, as he noted that 23 out of the 34 vehicles being donated were bought this year.

“Hindi ba malinaw na mismanagement ng funds at hindi maayos na pagpa-plano ang pagbili ng mga sasakyan na bigla mo na lang ido-donate? Kung hindi kasi for donation ang purpose ng pagbili sa mga ito, ibig sabihin, kailangan natin ito sa ating municipal operations,” he said on Facebook.

He also said it was questionable that the barangays not affiliated with the incumbent were not included in the donation.

“Malinaw na politikal ang bagay na ito,” he said.

And even though the municipal government said the donation of vehicles would not affect its operations, this did not seem to be the case, he said.

The workers at the offices to which the vehicles were previously assigned say otherwise, he said.

Cruz said the municipal government’s move to donate the items promoted patronage politics and political retaliation that would adversely affect the people and public service.

It was not easy for him to reject the donation since the barangay could really use the items, but it had to be done, he said.

“Pero para sa akin, kailangan na nating tigilan ang ganitong klase ng politika, itigil na ang puro gantihan at itigil ang patronage politics. Ipinapangako kong magsusulong tayo sa konseho ng isang ordinansang titigil sa mga ito,” he said.

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