Rama believes City is being shortchanged

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Friday, February 28, 2014

CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama wants Rep. Benhur Salimbangon (Cebu, 4th district) and Sen. Allan Peter Cayetano to deliver a privilege speech before Congress and Senate and ask the National Government what it has done for the city over the past years.

The mayor believes the City has not been receiving what is due it from the National Government.

“We have always been shortchanged,” said Rama in his regular news conference yesterday.



The mayor earlier lamented the failure of the Office of the President to act on his request to convert Malacañang sa Sugbo into a museum and use a portion of the facility as the City’s command center.

Rama had also said Malacañang was not able to give funding for the reconstruction of the Unit II of the Carbon Public Market that was burned down in 1998.

Malacañang, he added, also failed to include a P500-million budget in this year’s budget to rebuild the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) that sustained heavy damage when Cebu and Bohol were hit by a 7.2-magnitude earthquake last October.

If he were a congressman, Rama said he would deliver a privilege speech before Congress to ask what the City has received from the National Government since 2010, considering how much the City has contributed to the National Government’s coffers.
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But since he is not a congressman or a senator, Rama said he will ask Salimbangon and Cayetano to do it instead.

Salimbangon is the brother of Mariquita Salimbangon-Yeung who has been helping Rama’s administration in several projects while Cayetano has extended help for the rebuilding of the CCMC.

Rama also said he has already tasked former city councilor Jocelyn Pesquera, a lawyer and a certified public accountant, to check how much the City has contributed to the nation’s coffers.

Asked why not tap Rep. Raul del Mar (Cebu City, north district) and Rep. Rodrigo Abellanosa (Cebu City, south district), Rama said this is because they have not been helping the City solve problems that include traffic, peace and order and drainage.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 28, 2014.

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