By JOEY NACALABAN
PROVINCIAL board member Fredrick Khu yesterday took the dare for him to show proof of “ghost employees” in Misamis Oriental’s legislature — he promised to present a list to the province’s legislative body next week.
Khu made the promise to go public with a list of ghost employees after Vice Gov. Jose Mari Pelaez and other provincial board members grilled him with questions during the provincial legislature’s session yesterday.
At one point, Pelaez asked Khu to identify his supposed informants but the provincial board member declined to give a name.
Khu merely replied: “Mga tawo.”
Obviously piqued, Pelaez told Khu the answer was unacceptable. The vice governor then taunted Khu: “In other words, your informants are ‘ghosts’?”
Provincial board member Gerardo Sabal III said Khu should take it upon himself to support his allegation on the existence of ghost employees with documents.
“Don’t create confusion that could create a bigger confusion,” Sabal told Khu. “What is your motive for doing that?”
Finding himself cornered, Khu promised to show the provincial board a list of ghost employees during the next Sangguniang Panlalawigan session.
But he was unwavering in his call for the provincial board to start an investigation into the alleged ghost employees.
Khu told his colleagues that he was not ill-motivated, and that all he wanted is for the provincial board to look into the allegation that it has ghost employees.
Khu pointed out that the provincial board has acted on mere hearsays in the past. He cited one case: the hearsay that there were drug users in the provincial board.
“We immediately conducted an investigation to clean our ranks, and we all tested negative. That is what I want to happen,” he said.
Pelaez said Khu has to present the list of alleged ghost employees or any evidence first before the provincial board acts on his call for an investigation.
The vice governor said he suspected that Khu was being “used” by some people who have been feeding him with stories without evidence.