ROXAS City – After learning that the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) has asked the Office of the Mayor to conduct an investigation on the alleged financial assistance scam and payroll padding, Capiz 1st District Rep. Antonio del Rosario no longer wants to be probed.
“I think it’s unethical. Imagine, you are the judge and at the same time you’re also the accuser”
Del Rosario has doubts if he could get fair justice with the investigation.
“I think it’s unethical. Imagine, you are the judge and at the same time you’re also the accuser,” Del Rosario stressed.
The congressman challenged the provincial board to investigate Roxas City Mayor Vicente Bermejo on his so-called legacy projects and the alleged midnight appointment of 81 persons at the Capiz Provincial Capitol during election period. The vacant positions were published by the Capiz Times’ special issue, the solon added.
The city council Thursday last week passed a resolution requesting Bermejo to create a fact-finding body to investigate the alleged anomalies happened during Del Rosario’s incumbency as city’s chief executive.
Earlier, the congressman said he would submit himself for an investigation by the city council to clear himself from speculations on his alleged involvement on the death of RMN-DyVR anchorman Martin Roxas on August 7.
Vice Mayor Ronnie Dadivas and Councilor Jose Agdalipe strongly opposed the move of the majority of SP members not to initiate an investigation on the issue.
Dadivas insisted that the role of the legislative as independent body was defeated by “riding on a train” of the chief executive. He said the city council has the power to investigate as an aid of legislation.
“It’s a public knowledge that the congressman and the incumbent mayor are in political conflict that we should have to reconsider this point”, Dadivas stressed.
Dadivas, son of former Capiz First District Rep. Rodriguez Dadivas, is marriage to the niece of Del Rosario.
Councilor Ramon “Monchit” Albar pointed out the creation of probe body is to the fast-track the investigation. He added the mayor has the power to sanction department heads and employees to appear before the probe body./PN
By Felipe V. Celino
First Posted 21:55:00 08/31/2008