Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo is giving Rep. Manuel Sagarbarria (Neg. Or., 2 nd District) the benefit of the doubt when he informed the Sangguniang Panlungsod in a letter that he has returned the bulletproof vests to the donor, through Elsie Lee of Lee Super Plaza.
Sagarbarria was the mayor of Dumaguete when the donation of the vests was first reported.
Remollo said that if, indeed, the “missing” vests were returned, he is requesting Sagarbarria if it would be possible for Lee to donate those back to the city, because the police is in dire need of such protection, especially in the anti-drug campaign of the city.
Remollo said the SP should have given the former mayor the authority to accept the donation since the donor even brought the vests to the Office of the City Mayor, and have it recorded and documented during the supposed turnover activity, in the presence of Lee, city police chief, Supt. Jovito Atanacio, Sagarbarria and then deputy chief of police, Senior Insp. Philippides Sillero.
Councilor Michael Bandal thanked Sagarbarria for responding to the query even as they are also waiting for the official statement of Lee on when the bulletproof vests were returned and what took them so long to make an official reply.
He expressed surprise why the vests has to be returned when the execution of the deed of donation can be remedied if the owner, a certain Peping Gorospe, who is out of the country, can execute a special power of attorney.*JG
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