“It is the provincial government that neglected the people of the first district not Cong. Julio Ledesma IV.”
This was the reaction of Dan Pondevilla, counsel of Ledesma in a press release after Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. accused the congressman of having “neglected” his constituents in the first district of the province.
“Their supposed representative has neglected them,” Marañon said in obvious reference to Ledesma who is on his last term.
“I have not met or seen him for a long time,” he pointed out.
He has not taken care of his own constituents and that has led the rebels to regain foothold in the district’s hinterland areas, he said.
“Why is this happening? Where is his priority development assistance fund spent? To Napoles?” Marañon said.
In a statement sent to the media yesterday, Pondevilla said that the proof of people’s choosing the congressman is his performance.
“The congressman won by a big margin of 41,294 over Marañon’s candidate, former Board Member Nehemias de la Cruz,” he said.
“In addition, our candidates for BMs also won handily over the candidates of the governor,” he said.
The first district, contrary to the picture of a poor area painted by the governor has been the destination of investors, he added.
Pondevilla pointed to the rise of ethanol and bio-energy power plants in San Carlos City.
“The congressman also concreted many of the barangay roads in the first district, especially in the hinterland areas of San Carlos, Calatrava and Don Salvador Benedicto which used to be inaccessible,” he said.
It’s the Capitol who neglected the district, he said, with the “Sorry state of the provincial road and the Capitol-operated district hospitals in Escalante City and Calatrava.”
Why blame the congressman for the foothold of the rebels in Toboso, when the former mayor Evelio Valencia and new mayor Richard Jaojoco are allied with him? he asked.
“Visibility is not measured by mere physical presence of a public official but by his performance that benefited his constituents,” Pondevilla said.*