Orvi’s resignation

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Friday, July 11, 2014

FINALLY, Provincial Attorney Orvi Ortega resigned as vice chairman of the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC). Gov. Hilario “Junjun” Davide III accepted his resignation with regret. Davide maintained that he still has trust and confidence in Ortega despite his being linked to the allegedly questionable bidding for Capitol’s security provider.

In his letter, Ortega reportedly said he resigned because he wanted to protect the BAC and the governor from the “remnants of those vicious, malicious and unfounded accusations” against him.

Well, I am sorry for you. If you were criticized by the media, it was your own doing.


Had you conducted the bidding well in your capacity as BAC chairman, you would not have been criticized.

If the bidding was above board and transparent, why did the governor disqualify Black Pearl Security Agency, which topped the bid?

I cannot also understand Davide, why he keeps defending Ortega's integrity even when he declared the bidding a failure. In his State of the Province Address, he even said, “I have learned my lesson,” referring to that botched bidding. You will not say that
if you did not commit a mistake.

Was that tantamount to admitting that the way the bidding was conducted was wrong?

Still, he assured the public that he will map measures to ensure stringent procurement of services and goods.

This is already water under the bridge, though, because Ortega has resigned. It was a good move to spare the governor and the BAC from further criticisms and suspicions. He did a good favor to the committee and to the governor.

For that, I congratulate him. At least he knows the meaning of delicadeza.

Modesty aside, I was the first to expose that questionable bidding. Maybe that was the reason Ortega vented his ire on me by threatening to sue me for libel. Indeed, why did he single me out? Just to get back at me? He claimed that his reputation was besmirched and damaged because of my commentaries in my radio program and in my columns.

As for me, I will close this issue. He already resigned. I will just wait for his next move. I rest my case.


Some Cebu City councilors have no balls. Just because somebody charged them administratively before the Office of the President for approving an appropriation ordinance that extended calamity assistance to City Hall officials and employees, they now want to return the money.

First to do it was Alvin Dizon, a loyalist of the Bando Osmeña-Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK). Another BOPK stalwart is following suit.

Dizon said that he returned the money because of the controversy generated by it. If so, would Dizon have returned the money had not Reymelio Delute filed a case against them?

Incidentally, Dizon claimed that his relatives in Leyte were victims of super typhoon Yolanda. Naa ra man diay na.

If this case will prosper, Dizon still cannot escape administrative liability. Why? Becaue the act was already consummated. He voted for the passage of the ordinance and he claimed his share.

What they should do is wait for the Commission on Audit (COA) to declare that calamity assistance was illegal and ordered its disallowance. Pa-pogi point ra ning kang Alvin.

The appropriation ordinance was approved unanimously. Why won't the city councilors put their acts together and defend the ordinance “to their last breath”? That is, if they think that what they did was legal and moral. (Just listen to the justification made by Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella in his privilege speech.)

Kun sa sabong pa, kakak man dayon mo.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 12, 2014.


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