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Lopez speaks out
vs. project-grabbing

BY CHRYSEE SAMILLANO

Bacolod Councilor Carlos Jose Lopez delivered a privilege speech yesterday before the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod on the work he had done for the establishment of a Professional Regulation Commission satellite office in Bacolod City.

His act was apparently triggered by a news item in a local paper saying that former three-term representative, now Mayor Monico Puentevella, “followed up the PRC on his request to have a satellite office in the city and that the PRC has considered his proposal.”

Lopez pointed out that he had authored Resolution No. 916, series of 2012, passed by the Sangguniang Panlungsod on November 7, 2012, reiterating the request to Professional Regulation Commission chairman Teresita Manzala, for the establishment of an office in Bacolod City, and that he was issued a certificate of appearance by Sharo Lo, PRC Office of the Chairperson executive assistant on August 8, 2013.

Lopez said he had also followed up the SP Resolution in Manila with the Department of Labor and Employment relative to the opening of the PRC Satellite Office in Bacolod since Oct. 3, 2012, and again on Aug. 5 to 9, 2013.

Lopez said he does not often feel that he has to defend himself. In this particular case, however, where public interest is concerned, “Let the public really know the truth.”

And the truth must come from him, he said, because if he keeps silent, “I will come out like somebody who is grabbing the project of somebody else, which in truth and in fact, I am not, I have been definitely working on this for over a year or even almost two years,” he said.

So he said he was very surprised, as to why these developments are happening “But I do not want to condemn anybody,” he added.

He also does not want to put his guest, Manzala, in an awkward situation when she comes tomorrow, he added.

The itinerary of Manzala does not mention at all any other certain person, only Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon and himself, whom she had requested to be present.

Lopez said he is hoping he does not put Manzala in a spot where she will have to play politics and please everybody.

“I hope this will not crop up anymore. I have always been for the mutual, united cooperation between the province and the city and those from the different camps. I have always been very supportive only with the best interest of the people in mind,” Lopez also said.*CGS

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