MANILA – Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso claimed that the previous Estrada administration has spent P2.9 billion after the May 13 midterm polls, a report by Manila Bulletin said.
A report by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) revealed that the city government received a “failing mark” due to poor social services even though former Mayor Joseph Estrada signed the commercial contracts in his last 30 days of office.
“In 30 days after the election, you were there very busy signing checks. In 30 days, P2.9 billion from May 13 to June 28. I’ve only realized that the city can spend that much in commercial contracts,” Domagoso said.
“You cannot even process checks ng ganun ganun na lamang. In June 21 (alone), P30 million was spent,” he argued. “Starting January, the city has failed in managing the city, particularly in social services. We failed in protecting Manila from all disasters that affected the city.”
Domagoso stressed the city hall employees involved in the transaction will be held liable. “If there is any violation of the law, we will hold them liable. Why? Because it’s the people’s money. Whoever they are, they should be held liable.”
But former Manila City Administrator Ericson Alcovendaz maintained that disbursement of these funds were supported by a procurement documents approved in 2018.
“Malisyoso na sabihin na nagmadali kaming bumili ng gamit. May procurement process eh. ‘Yung procurement process, noong isang taon pa sinimulan ‘yun. Hindi bababa sa P10-B ang naiwan sa Moreno administration,” Alcovendaz stated.
“We can reach out to them. Siguro maganda, we can buckle down to work. I wish Mayor Isko Moreno well,” he added.
The newly elected mayor also said that Estrada’s transition team failed to endorse any documents to them and that he asked Estrada to submit reports on budget, procurement, debt, cash flow, and local disaster risk reduction management fund utilization.
“You have an obligation to the city, the citizens and the law. What did you give us? Zero,” he said. (JL/LON)