Davao Oriental town mayor smells politics on complaints

By Anthony S. Allada

Mayor William Duma-an of Caraga town in Davao Oriental described the alleged numerous complaints against him as simply political harassment.

This was Duma-an’s answer to speculations that he reportedly entered into anomalous transactions and irregularities during his incumbency as municipal mayor since he was elected in 2010.

The complaints already reached the attention of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) regional office which recommended before the Office of the Ombudsman for Mindanao the conduct of a thorough investigation against Duma-an.

DILG 11 regional director Francisco Jose confirmed that his office has already received numerous complaints against Dumaan over alleged anomalous transactions and irregularities and that he took cognizance of them by forwarding them to the Ombudsman.

Duma-an said he welcomed the investigation but he doubted if it could push through as they could present pieces of evidence in every transaction at his office.

He said that it was very clear that the motive was politically-motivated since his rival, former Mayor Alicia Mori, is planning for a comeback after he defeated her in the 2010 national and local elections.

It could have been Mori’s third and last term but Duma-an, a former municipal councilor, won over her by a margin of 1,580 only.

Duma-an was the only mayoral candidate in Davao Oriental under the Liberal Party (LP) and not allied with Governor Corazon Malanyaon and Rep. Nelson Dayanghirang.

“If they were really interested to pin me down, why coming out just now,” Duma-an said.

He said he has documents to prove that all transactions in the municipal hall are done legally and in due process.

Duma-an said those who signed the manifesto against him were identified to Mori and he could not question their loyalty for doing so.

Earlier, town employees signed a manifesto to express their dismay over the alleged irregularities perpetrated by the present administration of Dumaan.

“We, the employees of Caraga, Davao Oriental, wish to express our great dismay over the irregularities that are taking place in the LGU (Local Government Unit) transactions, among other things the non-remittance of our GSIS (Government Social and Insurance System) premiums, loan repayments, BIR withholding tax, housing amortization and other insurance coverage,” they said in the manifesto.

Another complaint stemmed from influencing as mayor to engage in anomalous transactions including the use of a P32-million fund to purchase infrastructure equipment without undergoing bidding process. (ASA)



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