Dumaguete City mayor tells City Council: Let’s not lose focus

Dumaguete Metro Post

Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Remollo has exhorted officials of the City to continue to focus on the CoViD-19 problem, instead of being distracted by lawsuits.

Speaking to reporters in a noontime presscon Wednesday in a local restaurant, the Mayor said charges and counter charges will not help Dumaguete at all.

Court will have the last say

Remollo said the court will have the last say.

He was referring to the case before the Ombudsman filed against him and other officials by Vice Mayor Alan Gel Cordova and Councilors Joe Kenneth Arbas, Agustin Miguel Perdices, Rosel Margarette Erames, and Bernice Ann Elmaco in their personal capacities, in relation to the CoViD meals issue.

β€œLet’s move on as responsible public officials, friends, and colleagues. But let’s not lose focus in our fight against CoViD,” Remollo said.

He admitted that he is stressed out but added that he can handle the stress.

β€œMy wife and kids are hurt by what they hear. I tell them [to] stay on. I am holding on because I promised this to our people when I took this oath as Mayor. God knows I am clean, I have not committed a mistake, but God also knows that I am not perfect,” Remollo said.

Named co-respondents with Remollo in the Ombudsman case are Councilor Edgar Lentorio Jr., Asst. City Administrator Dinno Depositario, Aladdin Restaurant owner Patrick Henri George and his girlfriend and business partner Dr. Rosanna HabaΓ±a, a second cousin of the Mayor.

Alladin case

On top of the case filed against him before the Ombudsman, Remollo is also a respondent in a case filed by Aladdin Restaurant for Collection, Breach of Contract and Damages

Aladdin is seeking the payment of legal interest as well as P200,000 in moral damages, P150,000 in attorney’s fees, and the cost of filing the suit, on top of the payment of P2,277.600 for one Job Order for delivering meals to the City’s frontliners during the Enhanced Community Quarantine period.

Aladdin stands to collect P12.2 million for a total of eight Job Orders issued by the General Services Office.

Other respondents in the case filed by Aladdin are City Administrator Doram Dumalagan, City Treasurer Cristina Merced, and City Accountant Doreen Cordova.

The Mayor said that not a single centavo has been paid to Aladdin, compared to the two other suppliers, who had collected payments.

The Mayor said so much time has been wasted discussing issues that could have been discussed in court.

β€œI urge our community to always think of ways to prevent the spread of CoViD — let us not lose our focus”, he said.

This story appears courtesy of Dumaguete Metro Post.

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