Musa reflects on fate as IP rep: Insists Beng as ‘Pilate’ PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 13:03

Councilor Ismael Musa has shown proof confirming his earlier suspicion on the alleged involvement of Mayor Beng Climaco Salazar on his ouster as Mandatory Indigenous People Representative to the City Council.

“Her earlier statement denying participation in my ouster befits a modern day Pontius Pilate in this holy season of lent,” said Musa.

He reiterated that there are still members of the IP community who are acting based on the instructions of Mayor Salazar.

Musa has in his possession photos which he said serves as evidence that Salazar influenced the IP community into ousting him.

Musa is referring to a photo of Mayor Salazar with IP leaders at the City Hall conference room taken last October 12.  The IP leaders shown in the photo are the same members who supported his ouster.

Musa took his oath with the LDP on June 16 but resigned as LDP member last August.

On February 1, The National Commission on Indigenous People Regional Office issued their decision affirming for Musa’s removal after some members of the IP community filed a request for his removal as IP Representative.

The IP group moved for his ouster after Musa took his oath with the Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino, a party headed by Congressman Celso Lobregat, former ally of Mayor Salazar.

“They were together last October 12 after I took my oath of office with the LDP and before I was ousted as IP Representative,” Musa said.

“The petitioners, jurors, the judge and the executioners, and the mayor who is now playing Pontius Pilate were around,” added the IP Representative.

The same photo was also posted on a social media account of Nasir Ismula, the person sitting beside Salazar.

Musa said that it is coincidental that he is showing materials that will show the Mayor doing a Pontius Pilate as he ponders on what his fate will be during this holy season of Lent.