By LITO RULONA
MISAMIS Oriental 2nd District Rep. Juliette Uy on Tuesday called again for the immediate resignation of Phividec Industrial Authority administrator Franklin Quijano and other officials even as she threatened to have the Phividec’s budget significantly slashed unless they stepped down.
Uy also called for the resignation of Phividec ports division chief Efledo Resma and all the officials running the Philippine Veterans Investment Development Corp. (Phividec) Industrial Estate that stretches from the towns of Tagoloan to Villanueva in Misamis Oriental.
“They do not deserve to stay in office. They have no shame. They have no honor. They have insulted the residents of Misamis Oriental and the entire country,” a fuming Uy said.
She said if the officials refused to quit, she would push for a reduction in the Phividec budget to one peso, and file a bill that would abolitish Phividec. If abolished, she said, the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (Peza) can take over.
“The Phividec has fooled the country enough. The Phividec must be abolished,” Uy said.
She faulted the Phividec officials for the entry of garbage coming from South Korea, Australia, and presently coming from Hong Kong.
Uy said there are still over 5,000 tons of garbage from South Korea “dumped” in a Tagoloan property under the jurisdiction of Phividec.
Most of the imported trash, according to Uy, were Phividec-bound.
Uy also called on the Office of the Ombudsman and the Commission on Audit (COA) to investigate motu proprio members of the Phividec board and its other officials with a hand in the port of Tagoloan.
The consignees of the questionable shipments “must be held responsible and prosecuted to the fullest extent of our laws,” Uy said.
She asked the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Department of Trade and Industry, and mayors of the cities where the consignees are based “to immediately provide Congress and the National Bureau of Investigation all the certified true copies of registration documents of all these companies.”
She asked the Bureau of Immigration to search and arrest with proper warrants foreigners who are officials or employees of the consignees.
Uy requested the environment department to verify, with actual onsite inspections and investigation.
“We need facts and proof, not mere press statements,” Uy said. “Our laws must apply to all. We demand justice and accountability.”