NEGROS ORIENTAL – Not-so-bitter political rivals have crossed paths again. The incumbent governor who is preventively suspended by the graft court for 90 short days or three long months gladly turned over the capitol reigns to his Vice Governor, Doc Mark, who promised to keep his word to “honor the status quo” and will not make big ripples as he takes over the capitol leadership effective October 18 until January 17 next year.
In short, it will be a well-earned Christmas break for Gov. Roel Degamo even as he will face the graft court in the P140M mobilization typhoon Sendong anomaly in the next 90 days and beyond.
On the other hand, Doc Mark, as he prefers to be addressed (not OIC Gov. or Acting Gov.), will be busy managing the capitol affairs even as he plans to poke his radars on how things are doing at the following:
– Provincial Hospital where there are millions of unpaid medical bills purchased by government in a local drug store allegedly owned by a politician’s family;
– The transport of 164 Bilibid-bound prisoners to unclog the provincial jail’s 200-capacity compound currently occupied by 400 detainees awaiting their trials;
– The status of a number of quarry-grantees whether their status are on-track in payment of taxes and fees;
– And the fate of hundreds of job orders who collect their salary in the middle and the end of the month.
“I will not make major changes. I will not rock the boat. I will just look into the status of these matters and report it to the people,” said Doc Mac in a CHRONICLE interview.
Maybe we will wait for the governor’s return and recommend solutions to these nagging problems at the capitol.
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