MANILA – Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso on Tuesday threatened to go after garbage collectors should they violate their contracts and sabotage the local government, a report by Philippine Daily Inquirer said.
“Sabi ko doon sa dalawang contractor, ‘pag-igihan ninyo, it [may] cost a person’s career because of you. Never ruin, sabotage this administration,’” Domagoso told the ABS-CBN News Channel in an interview.
“I will recognize and respect a valid contract, but violation of provisions of it that affects the general welfare of our citizens, hahabulin ko kayo hanggang sa dulo nang walang hanggan,” he added.
The mayor said the city government will focus on removing all the garbage seen on the streets of the country’s capital. “First things first, ayoko ng basura sa kalsada because this generate more problems on sanitation.”
He implied at implementing a waste-to-energy program for Manila’s clean-up. “I’ve talked to two proponents already, they presented and I like the idea. It’s clean and gives power to the community.”
Amid the garbage problems in the city, the mayor has no intention of pressing any charges against his predecessor Joseph Estrada for failure to endorse documents and records and would instead secure those papers from the Commission on Audit (COA).
“No, with regard to the non-performance of the obligation on the basis of that memorandum, alam mo, ayoko na ng excess baggage sa buhay. With that particular memorandum, ‘yung violation nila sa transition, wala naman ‘yun eh. Ang pinahirapan lang naman nila ay ako eh… Those things, wala na ‘yan, kaligtaan na ‘yan,” he said in the same interview.
He was referring to the Memorandum Circular No. 2019-39 of the Department of the Interior and Local Goverment (DILG) mandating all local officials to “gather, secure, and preserve all official documents, transitions and records for proper turnover.”
Earlier, DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said the agency was mulling to file administrative charges against Estrada if proven of his negligence to comply with the DILG’s order. (JL/LON)