Lilia lashes back at critics on Lamisahan Bridge issue PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 07 April 2016 11:51

Zamboanga Second District Rep. Lilia Macrohon-Nuño lashed back on Wednesday at her detractors who alleged that she was trying to grab political credit for the implementation of the Lamisahan Bridge project.

“I am afraid my critics are resorting to blatant lies and are maliciously trying to muddle the issue just to discredit me,” Nuno, who is seeking reelection under “Team Colorao,” said.

“I was hoping this campaign would be characterized by level-headed discussions of programs of government so that the electorate can choose their political leaders wisely. It is sad that my detractors are resorting to lies and misrepresentation of facts,” she added.

Nuno explained that she made representations with Public Works Secretary Jose Singson and Budget Secretary Butch Abad for the allocation of funds from the national coffers for the construction of the Lamisahan Bridge after her intervention was sought by two City Council resolutions that were duly endorsed by Mayor Beng Climaco.

Nuño recalled that the two resolutions, one sponsored by Councilor Eddie Saavedra in Aug. 2014 and another one sponsored by Councilor Rommel Agan in March 2015, were passed by the Zamboanga City Council requesting her, through the city mayor, to help secure funding from the national government for the construction of a bridge in Barangay Lamisahan.

“My assistance was sought by the City Council and the City Mayor to help get funds for their project,” Nuno said. “Now that we are able to secure the funds, I am being accused of trying to grab credit for this project. Where is the logic in that?” Nuno asked.

Following the issuance of the City Council resolutions, Nuno said she went to see Abad and Singson to lobby for the allocation of funds for the Lamisahan Bridge.

With the help of her counterpart, First District Rep. Celso Lobregat, Nuno said they were able to secure a funding of P45 million for the construction of the Lamisahan Bridge from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

“I have earlier asked the city government to stop politicizing the Lamisahan Bridge issue but my detractors seemed to be determined in peddling more lies about this project,” Nuno said.

“We worked to secure funds for this project because we were sincere in our desire to help our constituents in Barangay Lamihasan,” Nuno said. “I am not doing this for political mileage; I am doing this because the residents in Lamisahan urgently need the bridge, especially the farmers who have no other way to bring their products to the market.”

Nuno said the P45 million funding for the Lamisahan Bridge has been included in the 2016 national budget or the General Appropriation Act (GAA) of 2016 and that the project has already been bided out to private contractors by the DPWH.

“I am told this project has been bided out and implementation of the project is about to start,” Nuno said. “So for me, this is already a dead issue.”