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UNA paid P10K for use of 19 City Hall buses

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About P10,000 was paid for by the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) for the rental of 19 Kaoshiung buses to ferry supporters to their proclamation rally in Plaza Independencia, Cebu City last Feb. 12.

“If he (Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama) can get away with that, that’s what he will (also) do on election day (to ferry voters to the precincts),” Rep. Tomas Osmeña of Cebu City’s south district said.

In a press conference yesterday morning, Osmeña provided reporters with a photocopy of a receipt issued by the City Treasurer’s Office (CTO) on the payment of the P10, 000 cash for the buses. But the receipt dated Feb. 11 did not specify how many buses were leased by UNA that was listed as the payor.

He said he also furnished the Commission on Elections with a copy of the receipt and a list of the plate numbers of the 19 Kaoshiung buses used during the UNA rally.

Osmeña said he had his supporters monitor and list down the buses.

Rama said in a separate interview that this should not be made an issue.

“The burial for beneficiaries is given free how much more those that were paid,” he said.

As a procedure, use of City Hall Kaoshiung buses is booked with the Barangays Affairs Unit.

Edgar Truimfo, officer-in-charge, said the charges are computed to include the distance of travel and the fuel rate.

He said a bus used in a beach party in Lapu Lapu City for example consumes about 30 liters of gasoline.

If computed using a P45 per liter cost of gasoline, user will be charged at least P1,350 for the bus rental.

Inter-city travel would consume less gasoline and may be charged only P700 to P800 pesos/

Use of buses in burials could be free of charge. But Osmeña said the P10, 000 rent was too small. “You can’t even rent a jeepney for P500.

In renting a bus, you have to pay for the fuel and the stipend of the driver,” he said.

The congressman said the under-charge on UNA’s use of City Hall buses was a form of “cheating.”

“But of course, he (Rama) does not have the moral ascendancy to realize that,” Osmeña said.

Rama said he has yet to see a copy of the letter which the Commission on Elections (Comelec) sent him asking for an explanation on the use of City Hall resources during the UNA rally.

But Rama said there is nothing to explain. Since he is the city mayor and since Vice President Jejomar Binay was in Cebu,

Rama said it cannot be avoided that the city government would help in preparing for his visit.

Rama clarified that UNA spent party funds in the rally including the bus rental.

Rama also hit the Liberal Party (LP) for its “maneuvers” which prevented UNA supporters from reaching Plaza Independencia. He said the Land Transportation Office (LTO) stranded vehicles used to ferry their supporters to the rally venue.

Osmeña said the LTO only apprehended one bus driver for traveling out of line.

He also challenged Rama to identify what violations the LTO and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) personnel committed in apprehending the vehicles.


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Tags: Politics , United Nationalist Alliance (UNA)


  • TEAM PNOY

    Tuwid na daan, VOTE 12-0 for TEAM PNoy!

  • calixto909

    Paying each bus with a pittance like 550 pesos a day is unacceptable to one’s mind not unless corruption of fund entered as the caused. The City of Cebu was short changed indiscriminately via that price set up. It’s technical malversation per se. To ferret out the truth and persecute the alleged culprits be penalized for the misdeeds, an audit be conducted instantly. Mayor Rama the principal figure of this anomalous transaction must be made accountable. Impunity must not again be made an excuse to release these accountable officials from their shenanigans for by doing so, then when will we ever put an end to corruption–the root of poverty as we all say.

  • entong238

    Dapat mainbestiga itong kakarampot na bayad sa hire ng bus kasi government buses are nagamit at dapat ang tamang hire ang maibayad hindi porke si Mayor Rama ang sponsor ng UNA at nandoon daw si Binay na vice president ay barya na lang ang upa ng mga buses. May ganoon ba na patakaran? Dapat magbayad ng tama kahit sino sa gobyierno, to set an example wika nga nila kahit ikaw ang presidente.o Janitor.

    Dahil pala kasama si Binay ay kung pwede ay libre na ang paggamit sa buses ng gobyierno. OMG di mas lalong kawawa ang mga Pilipino pag naging presidente na siya. Dapaty nating bigyan ng leksiyon ang UNA kung ganoon. Zero vote ibigay natin sa kanila

    • akongednamzug

      Sa palagay ko ay ito ang magiging sagot ng 3 hari sa mababang bayad sa mga bus.
      “Paano niyong masasabi na kaming tatlo ay nagnakaw sa kaban ng bayan, me hindi nga namin mabayaran ng tamang halaga ang aming pag-upa sa mga bus.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QXRY5FFJHVBW2THD226CSOAXVA JanB

    Like I said before, UNA is and will be first Action & Reaction is TAKIPAN!!! DYAN sila mangungUNA…Anyone as Public official work in hidings transaction…works with CHEAT & DECEIT…Watch out for if they are elected more of this will surely come… Yong Leader lang Nila convicted PLUNDERER (biggest magnanakaw) at tanungin mo, SIYA AY HINDI magnanakaw…

    The THREE (3) KINGS of UNA are the 3 KING MOBSTER!!! ALA…Hari ng TONDO, AKIN ang MAKATI @ SA YOU and NORTE kasama Port Irene on illigal Entry ! Parang Pilikula!!!       

  • kilabot

    osmeña, rama, mga gamit na basahan na ang mga ito; 
    pumili na ng bago ang mga cebuano; 
    maraming magagaling dyan; 
    di ba bay?



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