decision of Virac Mayor Jose “Cito” Alberto II has expectedly drawn some flak
from a rival candidate and long-time foe, who described the mayor’s withdrawal
and substitution by his Bataan-born wife as “not a good move.”
Tablizo Jr., who has refused to secure a business permit for his store and
license as a meat vendor, told the Tribune last week that while he respects
Alberto’s surprise decision as his right under the law and existing election
rules, he doubts that Cito did so for health reasons.
it is that bad that his present health condition is now affecting the way he
governs Virac, then he should resign to give the people a break,” he stressed.
“Biyo-biyoon niya na.”
likewise wondered if the mayor would be able to avoid the stresses of the
campaign as advised by his doctors, especially if he wants his wife Nanette to
lalo pa siyang ma-stress,” he said, adding that Cito would have to do a lot of
work as his help would be needed by his wife to the fullest.
businessman also criticized the mayor’s decision to withdraw in favour of his
wife since, he said, there are Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) members who
are more qualified than Flerida “Nanette’ Antonio-Alberto and are even
true-blooded Viracnons. “I doubt if she has the skills needed to run the local
government,” Tablizo stated.
said it is high time for the people of Virac, especially the electorate, to
think about the situation and make the proper decision. “I am fighting for
change, not only in the way we elect our leaders but also in the way the
government is being run,” Tablizo disclosed.
are many things which need to be changed at the municipal hall, he said,
starting with the revenue code that is invalid and unenforceable. Tablizo is
facing five charges for violation of the revenue ordinance and direct assault
filed by the Alberto administration and has chosen to defend himself in court.
He suggested that the next Sangguniang Bayan
seriously review the revenue code and institute amendments. He cited the
problems facing Virac today as including the lack of livelihood, increasing
garbage, illegally-operating slaughterhouse, and lack of benefits given to
street sweepers and similar workers.