Moreno calls Emano ‘propaganda fanatic’-A A +A
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
INCUMBENT Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno has branded political opponent and erstwhile mayor Vicente “Dongkoy” Emano as “propaganda fanatic,” accusing the latter of using tactics to divert the people from the newsworthy development happening in the city.
“Every time I have an activity, even in the province before, he would always think about issues to expose to divert the attention of the people,” Moreno said.
“I already noticed his gimmicks even when I was still governor of Misamis Oriental. He is a propaganda fanatic,” Moreno said, adding that that is just how Emano works.
The mayor cited for instance that the city will participate in an investment forum, a milestone activity, in Makati City on Wednesday.
He added that the forum will showcase that there are a lot of things that can be done for the city’s development.
“We will have an investment forum Wednesday and he is afraid that the people will talk about it,” Moreno said, referring to the reasons why Emano would like to divert the attention of the people through raising issues.
Emano as City Council consultant
“What’s new with that?” a rhetorical question raised by Mayor Oscar Moreno to express his opinion regarding the plans to hire former mayor Vicente Emano as a consultant of the City Council.
Moreno added that the people of the city already knew that he (Emano) controls the City Council.
Meanwhile, city administrator Roy Raagas told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro that the majority bloc in the City Council is conducting meetings before the regular sessions.
Raagas added that Emano has been influencing the decision of the City Council on those meetings.
Raagas said the former mayor as a consultant of the City Council will only create turmoil.
He said the city councilors from the majority bloc who would like to work with the present administration toward development will be hampered.
Raagas added the hiring of Emano as a consultant of the City Council will only legitimize his personal interest in influencing the affairs of the city.
“Why can he not wait for the next elections?” Raagas asked.
As to the P1 per annum consultancy rate of the former mayor, Raagas said he (Emano) would even pay if he needs to just to get into the matters of the city.
Councilor Zaldy Ocon asked: “P1 per year?”
Ocon added that the former mayor should rest because he is not needed in the City Council.
Raagas added the former mayor has only presided once in the City Council when he was still the vice mayor.
Raagas said the present vice mayor is more knowledgeable than Emano.
Ocon added it is their decision to hire Emano as consultant but it will only cause trouble.
“If they’ve got nothing to do, they should not create trouble,” Ocon said, adding that the hiring Emano as City Council consultant will not affect the desire of the administration to serve their constituents—the people of the city.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on February 11, 2014.