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Bacolod City, Philippines Friday, July 1, 2016
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‘No truth to P892 million
turned over to city gov't'

Historian Modesto Sa-onoy, who heads the transition team of Mayor Evelio Leonardia, concluded the turnover at about 12:48 p.m. yesterday when the transition team of former Mayor Monico Puentevella failed to show up for their second meeting.

Only Victor Espino, the property custodian of the General Services Office, met with the transition team of Leonardia to hand over to them the keys of Innova and Toyota vans and the two offices.

Sa-onoy pointed out that the cash balance of P892 million that the transition team of Puentevella turned over to them is incorrect as there were withdrawals and disbursements from that amount since June 28.

So there is no truth to the claim that they left P892 million and that they do not know how much is the cash balance available, he said.

Sa-onoy said these are among the important documents not turned over to them. They waited until 12:30 p.m. as agreed during their first meeting Wednesday, but the Puentevella group failed to show up.

He said the transition team of Puentevella did not also turn over to them the inventory of all real or immovable properties such as land, building, infrastructure, facilities and machineries, as well as movable properties like vehicles, office equipment, furniture, fixtures and supplies stocks except for two keys.


George Zulueta said they also failed to turn over to them the 2015 Commission on Audit report, contracts and loan agreements with different banks except for one, and the comprehensive development plan, among others.

City Administrator John Orola said what was only turned over to them Wednesday were reports and accomplishments of some departments for six months. Other departments were asked to submit reports 12 noon yesterday but failed, so there was no substantial compliance with the requirements.

Sa-onoy said they asked the Department of Interior and Local Government to make a report that the turnover had not been completed and therefore, they cannot take responsibility for anything that was not turned over to them.


He said Orola will also make a report to the mayor for him to decide what has to be done about the failure of the turnover.

Cherryl Tacda, head of the DILG -Bacolod, said they will inform the DILG Central Office about what happened. But as far as their office is concerned, they have done the proper coordination in ensuring a smooth transition from the old to the new administration, she said.

But as to the department heads who have not complied with their obligation, they will face whatever remedy Leonardia will take, Tacda said.

The Mayor's Ceremonial Hall and premises of the government center were inspected by Denny Montoya, bomb expert of the Bacolod City Police Office, and by bomb sniffing dogs of the Philippine Coast Guard yesterday.

Leonardia was in Manila yesterday to attend the oath-taking rites of Vice President Leni Robredo. He will be present today for the 7:30 a.m. mass at the lobby of the government center.

Orola said the mayor will visit all departments and administrative offices at the government center after the mass to see the situation and to talk to the department heads to know the direction they will make starting next week.

He said Leonardia has signed an order directing all employees to return to their mother units.

Meanwhile, Sa-onoy removed the price tags placed by the Puentevella administration on all the furnitures at the Mayor's Ceremonial Hall.


City Legal Officer Joselito Bayatan said this reflects the kind of people there were in the Puentevella administration. It is very provocative and that only uncivilized people are capable of doing that, he said.

Bayatan said their uncivilized behavior is further validated by what they did yesterday when they instructed the property custodian to turn over two keys to them, when it was made clear in the presence of the DILG officer that they have more papers to turn over, especially on properties under the custody of the GSO and financial reports of the City Treasurer's Office.

“These documents were never turned over and they just disappeared like ghosts. I think it was really true that there were ghost employees in the Puentevella administration because during the turnover we saw no one,” Bayatan said.*CGS






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