PNoy reiterates public accountability in good governance
CEBU CITY, July 7 (PIA) -- President Bengino S. Aquino III reiterated his campaign promise of â€śTawid na Daanâ€ť in a visit to Cebu this morning stressing on accountability of public officials for any illegal activities happening in their areas of responsibility.
Aquino who was in Cebu to grace the 64th birthday of Danao City Vice Mayor Ramonito Durano III, cited the massive illegal logging in Mindanao where he ordered six mayors to explain why they should not be charged with a crime that happened right in their own areas.
The President said it is unacceptable for these local chief executives to reason that did not know what is going on right in their own jurisdiction. Names of the mayors were withheld.
In his visit to the said area in Mindanao last year, Aquino said the place boasts of abundant trees. But in a visit three weeks ago, he got a shock where once many forest trees stood were no longer there due to massive tree-cutting.
EO 23 which Aquino issued in February last year imposed an indefinite ban on illegal logging which he said, was the major cause of widespread landslides and flooding resulting in numerous deaths and damages to properties.
If they (mayors) did not know what was happening, then they must be absentee mayors, scoffed the President.
The President said the provincial and city police director and six other police chiefs were suspended for their alleged involvement in the illegal logging activities. Thirty-one DENR officials were likewise made accountable for failing to curb illegal logging despite the ban.
Government is bent on cracking down illegal loggers in the country.
Aquino then reiterated and stressed on fulfilling his campaign promise of â€śTuwid Na Daanâ€ť where he said the relentless battle against graft and corruption continues and that reforms are needed to lift the country out of poverty coupled with equity and justice.
During his visit, the President witnessed the official signing of the coalition agreement between the Liberal Party (LP) and the Duranoâ€™s local Bakud party. The main signatories were LP President Transportation and Communications Secretary Manuel â€śMarâ€ť Roxas and Rep. Ramon â€śRedâ€ť Durano VI.
Apart from Roxas, other Cabinet secretaries seen were Interior and Local Government Sec. Jesse Robredo, Energy Sec. Rene Almendras, and Budget Sec. Florencio Abad.
Over 500 people attended the event comprised mostly of local officials mainly from the 5th District of Cebu and other LP local officials.
Aquino stayed only for slightly over an hour before departing back to Manila. (PIA 7, Cebu)
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