‘Demolition job,’ says Furigay on Ombudsman rap vs him PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 January 2013 14:30

Lamitan City Mayor Roderick “Oric” Furigay yesterday described the case filed by a political rival with the Ombudsman Office as another “demolition campaign to discredit his administration and putting forward their (political rival) political and vested interest with the main objective of making themselves popular so as  to gain people’s sympathy.

In a mobile phone conversation, Furigay said he has no intention to answer what has been published “for I know that the motive of the vice-mayor (Arleigh Eisma) is purely political.”

In the May 13 election, Eisma and Hegem Furigay, nephew of Roderick Furigay, will face the latter’s wife, Rosita Uy-Furigay in the mayoralty race.  The last-term mayor is gunning for the vice mayoralty post.

Of the three candidates, Mrs.Furigay is reportedkly leading the race because of the support and endorsement from different sectors including the 38 barangays, said Mannan Sumampil, Liga ng mga Barangay president of Lamitan City.

“I said that it is highly politically motivated because they only brought the complaint to the Ombudsman last November of 2012. If indeed there is really some sort of discrepancy in the passage of the 2012 Executive Budget, he should have questioned this right from the very start. He has really waited for the proper timing to malign my administration,” Furigay said.

Late last year, the Office of the Ombudsman received the complaint filed by Eisma, through his legal counsel, relative to the alleged alteration of Lamitan’s annual budget, the alleged coercion on employees for the mayor to be authorized to deduct certain amount from their salaries and misuse of USAID Fund.
Furigay’s legal counsel has already submitted their comments and reply to the Ombudsman.

As to the first allegation, Furigay said there was no alteration ever effected on the 2012 city budget. The budget that was followed and utilized was the very one submitted as approved by the Sangguniang Panlungsod and as attested to by the Provincial Budget Office and the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, he said.

As to the alleged coercion, Furigay explained that there was no deduction ever effected on the city employees’ salary.

In fact, he added, the city government even gave out P20,000  bonus to each employee apart from the P2,000 productivity incentive bonus.

Eisma also accused Furigay of juggling the city’s fund and no proper auditing has been conducted.

“This is a blatant lie on account that COA is very strict in checking disbursement of our city funds,” Furigay said.

“As to the issue that I misused the USAID fund for GEM Program (Growth Equity for Mindanao), this is misleading and a total lie on the part of my accuser, whose interest to the subject position is very clear,” Furigay said. — Jimmy Villaflores