Mayor’s substitution not a good move – Cito foe
posted 1-Jan-2013  ·  
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Manuel Tablizo Jr.

The 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.”

Manuel 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.

“If 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.”

Tablizo 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 win.

“Baka 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.

The 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.

He 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.

There 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.
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