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Disturbing Revelation About Budget in Tagbilaran City Hall
« on: January 24, 2008, 08:35:30 PM »
Written by Boy Guingguing
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Bohol Sunday Post


Somewhere, somehow, somebody must be kidding. And please, and this somebody is no phantom of the opera. He's for real. He is even somebody whose name rings a bell. For sure, he has not earned the moniker "Big Time" for nothing.

And he is the flamboyant Victor de la Serna who leaked this information to this Bglante. Call this pre-emptive strike? Call it any name you like. We don't care. A rose by any other name still smell as sweet. But call it any name you like and if it stinks, it stinks all throughout.

Or consider another metaphor: If there's smoke, there must be fire.

This de la Serna revelation, is first and foremost, explosive. No doubt about it. To the critics of the target of the explosive issue, if true, he will earn another unpalatable designation as the "most notorious of all villains". For sure, they (critics) will engage in massive breast-bashing and dancing like chimpanzees out of joy and or sarcasm. But if de la Serna falls short of expectations, meaning the "bomb" he is about to explode is nothing but a big dud, then that's another credibility lost. For his part.

So he'll end up long in theatrics, short in evidence. That's de la serna for you, if he is lying through his teeth.

But if his revelation that about one third of city hall's budget represents the entire discretionary fund of Mayor Dan Neri Lim, then the beneficiary be better ready with his itemized accounting of where the money goes. That's a lot of money, Mr. Mayor, and you've got to be ready with you facts and figures or else you will end up being suspected of messing up with precious city hall funds.

If this Bglante hears it right (next time be careful when you open your mouth in front of nosy newsmen), the issue, if true, revolves around the suspicion that the city mayor has this much of a discretionary. How did de la Serna arrive at his figure?

According to de la Serna's own admission, finally, he was furnished a copy of the mayor's disbursements from the city budget office. Remember the incident where de la Serna reportedly demanded from Ms. Rose Palma, city budget officer, that he'd be given a copy of all the city's financial disbursements including the mayor's controversial discretionary funds (read: intelligence funds)? Remember also that the same incident provoked the city mayor into dishing out his own verbal assault against his close friend de la Serna.

Nothing was heard of the supposed dela Serna-Lim verbal tussle except that they were seen days after the torrid exchange of harsh rhetoric, whether in public and or private conversations, shaking hands as if they were long lost friends.

Enter this new development that promises to be as earth-shaking as any other (remember both protagonists are always good copy every time they open their mouths) from start to finish. That is if de la Serna makes good his threat to expose the alleged financial shenanigans of the city mayor. The threat revolves around the issue-- how the city mayor spent that huge amount in one--year time.

If say, the city's one year budget is in the vicinity of P300,000.00, one third of this, is about P100 million. We have it from City Kagawad Dandan Bantugan, known for his canine loyalty to Mayor Lim, that this amount was more or less last year's city budget.

Is de la Serna kidding? The way he told this Bglante about the issue, he appeared ready to swear before the grave of his ancestors that that "it was the truth and nothing but the truth".

But still another "if" is in the offing. If indeed de la Serna's story has a ring of truth to it, is his accusations defensible at Plaza Rizal? Is he not just engaged in a fishing expedition? Whatever, everybody is entitled to his own speculation-from Mayor Lim to de la Serna.

For Mayor Lim, we don't think he doesn't have the ready answer to de la Serna's demand where the money goes. To this tarsier-eyed Bglante, reading the lips of de la Serna showed that-- that's all he needs to know. Nothing more nothing less? That we cannot say unless he will react sharply after he reads this column.

Indeed, for all intents and purposes, Mayor Lim should better be ready with his own credible explanation about the funds. If he cannot present a convincing argument how and why he did spend this much (if true, the amount will add up to the equivalent of the entire city budget in three years), then something is rotten in Denmark.

As we said early on of this dissertation, that's a lot of precious city funds. If indeed, he spent that much money, he must be the biggest financial magician of all time and if he get away with it unmolested, there's no doubt that he will go down in history as the biggest fund juggler the city has ever known.

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« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2008, 05:56:24 AM »
Question?

How could it be rotten in Denmark when it is happening here in Tagbilaran City?

Last Monday i seen Dan Lim entertaining many banker's in his chamber's and he knew "Pie" and i were waiting in the lobby to talk with him in his office but he went out the back door as quiet as a back pack rat.

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« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2008, 06:09:19 AM »
I would say, Mr.De la Serna will not come up about this issue if he's not telling the truth.
It's Mayor Lim, that has to be investigated about that huge money. As we know he went to the US just to watch Boxing!



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