NEWS: Gov. Chiongkee irked on mushrooming of lapidas claiming projects in Pantukan

“Mayor Tok Sarenas should shape up”

By Cha Monforte

jan 28

Compostela Valley Governor Arturo “Chiongkee” Uy said that Pantukan Mayor Celso “Tok” Sarenas “should shape up” in view of the latter’s observed lackluster performance as a mayor and the alleged interference of his wife to the state of affairs of the municipality.

In an interview yesterday, the governor was visibly irked on what he said as “mushrooming of lapidas”, outdoor billboards claiming that projects even those made out of joint efforts and funding with the provincial government were accomplished by Sarenas alone.

“Wa man gani ko nagbutang ug bisag usa ka lapida sa mga proyekto sa probinsya sa lungsod (I don’t even have a single billboard for the projects of the provincial government in the town),” said Uy, who is unopposed in his reelection bid for second term as governor.

He said that for Pantukan alone the provincial government had poured a total of about P31.8 million for projects during his first term.

The governor also expressed concern of the reported daily inference of Sarenas wife Meta to affairs in the municipality saying “lisud ning asawa sa mayor nga day-to-day na nga mag interfere sa munisipyo (there’s difficulty when a wife of a mayor interferes in municipal affairs)”.

He cautioned wives of mayors to take the backseat and act only as supporting role in the governance of their husbands to avoid public ridicule and issues questioning their leadership.

When asked on whether he was already dropping Sarenas in the Uswag Comval aggrupation considering that the mayor has evidently made cracks in the political unity under his administration, Uy said though that Sarenas is still a member of the administration’s Lakas-Kampi-CMD party.

Asked further on whether he was already supporting Sarenas rival ex-vice mayor Roberto Yugo, he declined to comment .

When the governor guested earlier in an early morning radio program over K95.1 FM station in Tagum City yesterday, he said that it was inappropriate for someone to corner government resources that “ought to be shared by many” when he was asked by the program anchor Pat Lucero Pacquaio what he could say on the alleged food catering activities made by the mayor’s wife for municipal activities. He said he also heard about the allegation from his sources.

In the same radio program, Uy also cited the joint and partnered projects made in Barangays Magnaga and Kingking as among those claimed by Sarenas as his own municipal projects as evidenced by what he said as erected “lapidas”.

He said over the radio that what he said on Sarenas were not “personal commentaries”.

The Corridor tried but failed to reach the Sarenases for comment yesterday. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

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