“Actions speak louder than words.”
If a resolution was passed in previous years and was not acted upon, then it was not accomplished, Bacolod Councilor Carlos Jose Lopez yesterday said in reaction to a privilege speech delivered by Councilor Claudio Puentevella before the Sangguniang Panlungsod Tuesday.
Puentevella had said that the setting up of the Professional Regulations Commission satellite office in Bacolod was a seed planted by many, who include his father when he was yet congressman of Bacolod City. It was realized through a collective effort and not just by Lopez who claimed it as his own initiative, he said.
Lopez said any councilor or congressman can pass a resolution but the big challenge lies in doing the legwork, personal follow-ups, calls, negotiations, and visits to ensure that it is implemented.
If the former congressman (referring to Mayor Monico Puentevella) a known close ally of the former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, did not deliver during his 9-year term to establish the PRC office in Bacolod, then it is apparent that he failed, Lopez said.
“You had nine years to nurture it. Please do not blame me for your apparent failure,” he said.
Lopez said he did not need any title to move about and make request for people in government or in business. Manny Pangilinan, Gina Lopez, Tony Meloto and many others did not need a title to deliver on projects.
Lopez informed Claudio Puentevella that in 2007 he built houses for the poor with Cardinal Rosales of Manila and helped Tony Meloto in spreading the good news until 2010, which he continued to do in every campaign sortie where he gave out Bibles.
The patrol boat he brought to Bacolod worth almost P3 million was given free by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, he said.
Once the expenses for the freight, trailer, and training of personnel in Sangley point Cavite are paid, the boat will be turned over to the City Agriculture Office, he added.
Lopez also pointed out that PRC chairman Teresita Manzala assumed office only in2011 and is an appointee of President Aquino. Councilor Puentevella’s father was no longer congressman then.
“If you have spoken to other chairpersons in the past and they have not acted on your request, please do not blame me,” he said.
He also reminded Councilor Claudio Puentevella of his family history in helping the country which goes back all the way to the 1920s for the Lopezes, and the 1930s for the Valderramas, like Sen. Manuel Lopez, his greatgrandfather, a former senator of the fourth legislature, and his relative, Vice President Fernando Lopez in the 1960’s.
“Instead of defending your father,” he told Claudio Puentevella, “I suggest you talk less and act more. Show the people that you can deliver and make a difference, instead of grabbing the accomplishment of others,” he said.
Coincidentally, he said, Governor Alfredo Marañon helped him by providing the space for the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, and Bacolod Rep. Evelio Leonardia filed a bill for a permanent PRC office in Bacolod and both never took credit for them, because they give credit to where credit is due.
“Please stop deceiving the people. Are you also going to claim the passage of the senior citizens agreement that I have been negotiating with SM, and sister city with Taguig and Quezon City, because your father is the mayor who will sign it?” Lopez asked.
Lopez said he is open to a debate with Councilor Puentevella and his father to educate the people on the issues and put them in the right perspective so the truth will come out.*CGS