Gullas to Reyes: Be transparent

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Sunday, May 4, 2014

FORMER representative and former Talisay City mayor Eduardo Gullas urged incumbent Mayor Johnny V. De los Reyes to be transparent about his relatives in City Hall.

Gullas also asked De los Reyes to follow the rule of law in managing Talisay City College (TCC) and to main good governance in the administration of the City’s resources.

Lashing back at his political rival in the last election, De los Reyes said Gullas should also be transparent with his projects when he was still a congressman.
On TCC, De los Reyes said its Board of Trustees was created and controlled by Gullas.


As regards a loan De los Reyes made, the mayor said he needs it for other projects aside from the market.

De los Reyes ran against Gullas and won in last year’s election.

After being silent for a time, Gullas now criticizes De los Reyes.

“Ang maayo ni Gullas di na siya mag-apil-apil kay human na iyang panahon (Gullas must not interfere in the City’s affairs because his time has passed),” the mayor said.

But Gullas said in a press conference yesterday, “It’s the right of the people of Talisay to know how many relatives JVR hires.”
De los Reyes had said in an interview that he appointed his son at City Hall because he can trust a relative.
“So he cannot trust a Talisaynon?” Gullas said.

“If Gullas is concerned about my transparency and on my job orders, he must first be transparent with his PDAF especially his tuba-tuba plantation project,” Mayor De los Reyes said.

Two deans

Gullas said that if the rule of law is followed the TCC would not have two deans, two graduation ceremonies and two enrollment teams.

Paulus Cañete’s enrollment team is positioned at the gate while Richel Bacaltos’ enrollment team is on the second floor.
He said De los Reyes appointed Cañete when it should be the BOT who hires and fires a TCC official. He said Cañete is declared persona non grata by the Mandaue City Government and the Commission on Higher Education (Ched).
“To control TCC, Gullas organized a BOT with his own people controlling the college. But at this moment TCC is a one-man-controlled institution,” said De los Reyes.

“What have the people done to deserve such condition?” said Gullas, adding that Ched once declared TCC as one of the top performing colleges in the region.

Gullas said there is no need to acquire loans for development projects if the chief executive observes good governance and efficient administration of the city’s finances.

He was apparently referring to De los Reyes’ P387-million loan, which failed to gain support from his party mates in the council.


Citing Department of Budget Management (DBM) records, Gullas said Talisay City’s internal revenue allotment (IRA) in 2013 was P326.75 million and P366.94 million this year, totalling to P693.7 million.

Gullas said Talisay, when it was still a town, had an IRA of only P60 million a year.

But the administration was able to build new public market, a new city hall, a new slaughterhouse, a new city jail, a new wharf and a new fish port.

It also established three elementary schools, 16 national high schools and founded TCC without being indebted to any bank.

“If I will use the IRA for public market, how about other development projects of the city?” De los Reyes said.

Asked if Gullas has plans of filing charges against De los Reyes for the alleged irregularities he cited, the former congressman said he still wants to give De los Reyes a chance.

“There are more things that should unite us than those that divide us. Mas maayo pud mo-voice out ta’g opionion kay luoy na kaayo ang mga taga Talisay,” Gullas said. (OCP)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 04, 2014.

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