By LITO RULONA
Misamis Oriental Provincial Board member Gerardo Sabal III questioned the recommendation of 2nd District Rep. Juliet Uy for the immediate suspension of Phividec Administrator Franklin Quijano over the South Korean garbage mess in Misamis Oriental.
“Nahilatid kini sa atong balaod nga kung ikaw adunay reklamo batok sa usa ka ahensiya sa gobyerno kini ipaagi sa proseso,” he said.
Uy also recommended for the suspension of port assistant manager Efledo Resma. She issued the recommendations for suspension against the two officials during the recent public hearing by the House Committee for Good Governance and Public Accountability here.
Sabal responded in a statement issued yesterday that Uy’s recommendations for suspension are unfair to both Quijano and Resma.
“Malisod man kini nga i-suspend sila nga walay igong proseso nga agi-an. Gani walay basis ang recommendation ni Uy. Dili kana diretso mahimo kay ma-counter ka sa pagsumbong,” he added.
Earlier, Uy said Quijano and others involved in the approval of facilitating the entry of garbage coming from South Korea should be sanctioned because Verde Soko is incapable of recycling plastics.
Sabal said the recommendation of Uy can be cited as harassment against Phividec officials.
He said there should be a follow-up investigation on the participation of Quijano and other Phividec officials.
“Phividec officials and even management of Verde Soko should be given enough time to issue their own statement and claim. Kinahanglan nga fair unta kita. Malisod kung dili nato sila paminawon,” he said.
Sabal said the respondent’s side shoud also be given weight in any investigation including the ones conducted by the House of Representatives.
“Kung tinuod man nga adunay kalabutan si Quijano sa pagpalusot ngano man nga ang board sa Phividec has allowed the release of possible funds to be spent in the re-hauling of alleged garbage plastic products back to South Korea,” Sabal pointed out.
Earlier, the House Committee on Good Governance and Public Accountability chaired by Rep. Henry Oaminal (2nd District, Misamis Occidental) held the public hearing to investigate how 6,500 tons of garbage passed off as recyclable plastics were able to be shipped here in Misamis Oriental from Pyeongtek, South Korea last year.