Orendain's curse for Jawo: 'I wish him an accident' PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 07 January 2011 14:19

“Man bangga era le (I wish him an accident).”

City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr. uttered these words in a radio interview yesterday morning targetting District 1 Councilor Cesar “Jawo” Jimenez who continues to defy a City Hall order for him to  turn over a vehicle issued to him by the city government.

Orendain, though he was not intentionally cursing Jimenez to meet an accident, wished that Jimenez’ red plate vehicle will meet an accident “so he will learn his lesson.”

He said the vehicle issued to Jimenez has not been until now registered with the Land Transportation Office (LTO) because of his (Jimenez) refusal to turn it over first to the city chief executive for inspection and inventory purpose before the registration.

“His vehicle is supposed to be under the office of the city mayor. It was detailed to him with the agreement that if City Hall needs it, he has to return it back,” Orendain said.

Moreever, the city administrator said Jimenez has all the things to lose if he continuously refuses to give back the vehicle to the office of the city mayor.

“The vehicle is unregistered. If he meets an accident, it’s his own look out. So if I were him, I should have returned it back to avoid legal problem in the future,” Orendain said.

He also admitted that there was indeed an attempt to tow the said  vehicle last December when it was parked at the vicinity of the City Council compound.

However, the traffic enforcers who were tapped to tow the vehicle failed to do so as Jimenez and his lawyer father stood pat and questioned the legality of the City Hall order.

“If I were there at that time, it would be another story,” Orendain said.

Jimenez expressed sadness on Orendain's candid and provoking words which he (Jimenez) described as uncalled for and unethical especially coming from a public official.

“I don’t expect him to rebut that way. He started cursing me to meet an accident,” Jimenez stressed as he is contemplating of bringing the matter to the Civil Service Commission.

Jimenez refuted claims that the budget used to purchase the vehicle in question and that of other vehicles used by the mayor came from the office of the chief executive.

“I beg to disagree. The City Council has appropriated four million pesos plus for the purpose. And that budget was transferred to the Office of the Mayor with the purpose of purchasing additional vehicles to be used by some councilors,” Jimenez said.

“If City Hall thinks that they have the legal rights of getting my vehicle back, why is it that until now, no one from among the city officials and other law enforcers can’t do it?” Jimenez posed the question as he challenged Orendain and Lobregat to instead bring the matter to the court.

Jimenez further stressed that the memorandum of agreement he entered into with Mayor Celso Lobregat clearly allowshim to use the government vehicle so long as he is a member of the Sangguniang Panlungsod.

The registration of the vehicle issued to Jimenez expired last October and the General Services Office (GSO) has not renewed it yet allegedly upon instruction from City Hall.

Jimenez said he already gave the emission result to the proper agency “and as far as I am concerned, LTO does not require the actual vehicle to be present during the registration except for the papers like O.R and the C.R.”

“I will continue to fight for my rights. I know that this is politically motivated. But I will not stop talking on issues concerning the people even to extent of hurting the present administration,” Jimenez said.

Orendain's statement drew various reactions.

“What Mr. Orendain did simply reflects the attitude of the present administration,” said Atty. Cristina Javier-Jimenez.

“Sir, sana hindi mangyari sa City Administrator ang sinabi niya kay Councilor Jimenez na mabangga siya,” a radio listener texted this writer.

Another texter reacted saying “Hala! Ansina clase de administrator tiene el ciudad de Zamboanga? MAKAHUYA MAN!” -- Jimmy Villaflores