TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- PDP-Laban Luzon Chairman Martin “Bobot” Diño said the party will “gladly” help Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba in the Ombudsman case against Sangguniang Panlalawigan members, alleging the board of delaying the 2017 executive budget.
The statement came after a reporter asked Diño if President Rodrigo Duterte, now party mates with Mamba, had any plans to “court” the provincial board into approving the governor’s development agenda.
“Pasisikatin natin sila… Ipaalam n’yo yan kung sino ang mga Sangguniang Panlalawigan member na humaharang sa development ng Cagayan,” Diño said.
The Northern Forum tried to reach Vice Governor Melvin Vargas Jr for comments but he has yet to respond to messages and calls.
Diño, also the Volunteer against Crime and Corruption (VACC) chairman, claimed that the SP members are delaying the budget because of their “personal interests,” “ambition,” and “motives.”
Further, board members have the responsibility to explain and tell why they are “refusing” to continue development, Diño said.
The former Subic development authority czar also claimed that the budget’s delay was a form of graft and corruption.
Diño initially offered Mamba help, through the VACC, in filing a case in the ombudsman against the provincial board, thinking that the governor has yet to file such a case.
Mamba, who was sitting beside Diño, immediately informed Diño that he had already filed a case and that a mandamus order was also in effect. Nevertheless, the VACC chair extended support.
Diño administered the oath taking of several local leaders including Governor Mamba, a former Liberal Party stalwart, in Tuao, Cagayan on Friday, November 17. Northernforum.net