By Shiela Mae Butlig,
A FUMING Misamis Oriental Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano yesterday hurled brickbats at Mayor Oscar Moreno, calling the latter envious of his accomplishments in the capitol.
Emano’s tirades came in response to Moreno’s “unsolicited advice” for the governor to live up to his oath as a public official by ridding the capitol roads of obstructions in line with the Duterte administration’s order for local governments to reclaim public roads.
During his radio program “LamboMisor,” Emano said city hall should focus its road-clearing operations in areas under its jurisdiction, and not to meddle with the capitol’s affairs.
“(Ang) order of clearing, nindot ang program nga mag limpyo. Uyon ko ana. If naka lapas ko ana, willing komo-cooperate. Pero dili unta politikahon. Suroya ninyo ang dakbayan sa Cagayan de Oro, daghan pa kaayo diha ang illegal structure nga gipanag-iyaha sa mga bahandian-on. Nganong dili man na sila mauna,” Emano said.
He said he was puzzled why the city hall was so concerned with the roads surrounding the capitol when the latter has so much to do in other areas in Cagayan de Oro.
“Nasulbad banila ang illegal structures diha sa Puerto nga permi pakabukog sa trapiko nga permi gaka pewersyo akong katawhan sa Misor paingon ug pag-uli? Apila ng Bukidnon nga ekonomiya gaka apekatan. Suya, selos, Maning kamot tawon sila. Luoy baya,” said Emano.
He maintained that the roads within the capitol compound are owned by the province and are not part of Cagayan de Oro’s jurisdiction.
Emano said the capitol even gave Cagayan de Oro a favor by opening its roads to help in decongesting downtown Cagayan de Oro.
Emano accused Moreno of discrediting him using the Duterte administration’s road-clearing order as the means.
“Kana bitaw’ng bisan og barato na kaayo nga issue basta lang gyud nga iya kung maguba. Maning kamot gyud siya nga dili malumbaan. Wala konakig lumba. Labaw lang gyud ko. Siguro nakitan niya nga mas maayo ang lakaw sa probinsya,”Emano said.
Had Moreno, Emano pointed out, only wrote a formal letter to him regarding the implementation of the road-clearing order, they would not have traded barbs in public.
“Kung na asilay kinahanglan isulat nila. Abogado man kahasiya. Kabalo unta sya. Kung naasiya’y kinahanglan pag-sulat lang kaya kon gihatag sa akong engineering, saakong legal kaya ko nga ipaatiman sa ila kay magtinabanga ’ta,” he said.
Emano added that even on the issue about the capitol’s new tourism office, it could have been handled better had Moreno only wrote a letter to him on the matter.
“Nganong pag buhatan ang estatwa diha wala man lagi moy building permit- the Press Freedom Monument. Kinsa may mayor ana? Si Dongkoy Emano. Nangayo ba si Dongkoy ug building permit?” he asked rhetorically.
The governor said Moreno was making a mountain out of a molehill.
“Live [up] to your oath? I have always lived [up] to my oath as a public official. Dali ra kayo magkuha building permit. Dali rakaayo na. Bayad lang ta’g penalty. Kung makapakita sila og building permit ani ilang gipang tukod nga walay building permit, ako mismo mag kuha building permit sa city hall. Mopila ko diha. Gamay raman kayo ni nga problema,”Emano said.
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