By NITZ ARANCON
MISAMIS Oriental Gov. Yevgeny Vicente Emano yesterday called on the provincial board to look into allegations that the capitol’s legislative department has “ghost employees.”
Emano said the Sangguniang Panlalawigan can start a “legislative inquiry” into the allegations made by provincial board member Fredrick Khu and not necessarily a full-blown investigation.
“I don’t think that it has to be an investigation but it [allegation] has to be looked into kay kon confident pud ang Sangguniang Panlalawigan nga walay ilang ghost employees, then makaayo man pud na sa ila,” Emano told reporters.
But Emano said how the provincial board would handle the allegations made by Khu would be the call of the legislature and its leadership.
He said he has never meddled with the affairs of the provincial board or encroached on the management of the province’s legislative department by Vice Gov. Jose Mari Pelaez since 2013.
Provincial board member Gerardo Sabal III said he has no problems with the call for an investigation or a legislative inquiry even as he maintained that the legislative body has no ghost employee.
But Sabal asked rhetorically: “Unsa may inbistigahan nga wala may ghost employee?”
He added: “Kon imong sutaon ang ghost employee… that is someone who is non-existent. Bisan si board member Khu nakabalo man niana nga dili mahimong empleyado sa gobyerno kon wala magparehistro sa Philhealth, ug Pagibig.”
Sabal however said he would support any move for a legislative inquiry into Khu’s allegations especially if Vice Gov. Pelaez initiates it.
But Sabal pointed out that the provincial board is a collegial body and that it makes collective decisions.
“Dili na usa ra ka tawo ang makabo-ot kay naa kana sa tingog sa kinatibuk-an. The voice of the majority will always prevail,” Sabal said.