(Council denies motion ) Celso’s non-participation in infra still on record Print
Wednesday, 18 July 2018 16:07

By RG antonet go

The City Council has denied a motion to strike off a statement made by a public works engineer that no role was played by Congressman Celso Lobregat in the development of two west coast infrastructure projects.

This, a day after DPWH Engineer Roberto Sta. Elena issued an apology and retracted the statement during a press conference called by Congressman Lobregat on the issue.

In yesterday’s Council regular session, minority councilor Rodolfo Lim proposed a resolution to strike off Sta. Elena’s statement which was made during a dialogue last week at the City Council.

Lim’s proposed resolution was in relation to a letter sent by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) officials  correcting the statement made by Sta. Elena and citing Lobregat’s efforts in initiating and following up projects in the San Jose Gusu- Baliwasan area.

Lim said that the statement must be stricken off the record because it was not the truth.

“It was a lie,”  Lim said in a later interview.

The motion, however, was ruled out of order by Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde saying that the Council cannot delete anything that has been made part of the official record.

“We will be the biggest laughing stock of the world,”  iturralde pointed out.

For his part, Councilor Cesar M. Jimenez said that the person concerned must be the one to correct the error and not his superiors.

Jimenez said that he might allow the correction but the DPWH officials must be put under oath to ensure that they are telling the truth.

“Baka ansina kita resulta na dialogue.  You say one thing now then a superior officer will tell another thing,”  Jimenez said.

He said that a person invited to a council dialogue is always presumed to be telling the truth.

Jimenez said that should the motion to strike the statement off the record be passed, he himself will file a complaint against the Council members as a test case.

“That’s ignorance of the law to me and I will be the complainant.  I will file cases against the members of the council because it’s too much already,”  Jimenez said.  (RGAAGo)