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DAVAO DEL NORTE: Santo Tomas Mayor Evangelista slams ‘backstabbing’ councilor Cocamas

Santo Tomas Mayor Ernesto Evangelista on Wednesday, November 24, ‘gatecrashed’ a committee hearing of the Sangguniang Bayan to confront a councilor he accused of backstabbing.

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The unvited Evangelista joned the hearing by the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources that stemmed from an earlier privilege speech at the SB by Councilor Cromwell Cocamas wherein he accused the Evangelista administration of ,among others, corruption in the collection of taxes from quarry operators.

Before facing off with Cocamas, Evangelista told the councilors that he is in the hearing to explain his side with some people, like Cocamas, backstabbing him by spreading misinformation.
Documents presented at the hearing would show that Cocamas lied about corruption by the Evangelista dministration in the quarry operations.
At the hearing, municipal treasurer Rosario Berenguel  informed that the share in taxes from quarrying of Santo Tomas muncipality in three years under Evangelista was nearly double compared to collections for the same number of years of the previous administration.
Documents from the Municipal Treasurer’s Office presented by Berenguel showed that collection from quarrying taxes from 2019 to 2021 (up to October) were as follows: 2019 – P278,000; 2020 – P425, 000; and 2021 – 467,000 or a total of P1,170,000.
Comparatively, collection from 2016 to 2018 were as follows: 2016 – P72,000; 2017 – P203,000; and 2018 – P384,000 or a total of P659,000 and about half the tax collected during the Evangelista administration that amounted to P1,170,000.
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Evangelista is seeking reelection in the 2022 polls, while Cocamas is running for vice mayor.
Municipal Administrator Atty. Elisa Evangelista-Lapina also attended th ehearing to respond to issues raised by Cocamas.
Recently in a Facebook post, Atty. Lapina warned Tomasinos, with the leection fever getting hot, of “fake news, fake accounts, fake intentions” aiming to discredit Mayor Evangelista.
Accordingly, Cocamas is a barking dog unleashed by his mayoral candidate Rolan Dejesica to hurl misinformation and black propaganda against Evangelista.
Even before my time, grabe ang anomalya diha sa quarry operation, Evanglista told the hearing after being acknowledged and allowed to participate in the proceeding.
To stop the anomalies, he said he was forced to create a special monitoring, outside of the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources AOffdce (MENRO), which was under his full control due whichput to an end the severe and numerous anomalies in the quarry operations.
To his face. Evangelista complained that Cocamas is making it appear that he has done nothing as a mayor.
He cited Cocamas’ privilege speech at the SB session on November 22, where he accused his administration of alleged anomalies not only in the quarry operation, but also in the use of the intelligence and peace and order funds.
Morag wala na koy nabuhat nga maayo, Evangelista said.
He said he has always been cooperative with members of the SB and even go down to their level to establish relations that would contibute to good public service. But still despite his efforts to achieve unity, Cocamas kept on attacking him personally.

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DAVAO DEL NORTE: SHOUTING MATCH HIGHLIGHTS SANTO TOMAS DADS’ PROBE INTO ALLEGED CORRUPTION IN QUARRY OPERATION

A brief shouting match on Wednesday, November 24, highlighted a hearing by a committee of the Santo Tomas Sangguniang Bayan (SB) on alleged corruption in the town’s quarry operation.

The verbal scuffle happened as Councilor Julie Mantequilla, chair of the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources who presided over the hearing, cut short Councilor Richard Languido in the middle of his speech and declared him “out of order” as Languido lambasted the Municipal Information Office (MIO) over a press release that he said insulted members of the SB. VIEW VIDEO

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Mantequilla interrupted Languido, pointing out that the councilor was straying out of the matter at hand that pertains to quarry operation.
Languido’s beef was over a press release by the MIO that he said disparaged the image of the members of the SB.
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The press release entitled “Soil Analaysis Laboratory or 8 Vehicles WorthP11.2 -M?”, was posted by MIO on Noember 17. The news item was the subject of a scathing privilege speech against MIO delivered by Councilor Cromwell Cocamas on November 22, Monday, as the SB tackled the 2022 annual budget.
It was also on that Monday that Cocamas called for a probe on alleged corruption in the operation of quarries for which the environment committee held on November 24, a hearing that led to the verbal clash between Languido, Cocamas and committee chair Mantequilla.
Mr. Languido, I would like to remind you that we are discussing Item number 3,” Mantequilla told Languido. The quarry operation was Item No.3 in the agenda of the commitee hearing.
But Languido dismissed the presiding offcer’s reminder, insisting that he has the right to say his piece.
“No, You are out of order! You are out of order, sir! I’m sorry,” Mantequillla, raising his voice, told Languido, who was forced to back off from continuing with his speech.
Minutes before Languido was censured for his disordely behavior, Mantequilla also cut off Cocamas who also scored MIO for the press release that he said insulted the members of the SB.
The press release pertained to an P11.2 million budgetary allocation in the P611 Million 2022 annual budget.
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The MIO presss release posed a question as to which project the budget would go: Cars for each member of the SB or a major agricultural project.
Cocamas said the MIO press release made it appear that the members of the SB are greedy and could use the fund to buy cars for themselves.
In assailing the MIO, Cocamas said he was reiterating his privilege speech at the SB session on November 22, Monday, where he lashed out at the press office.
He said he was asking why MIO is “victimizing” SB members with “insulting” press releases and posts in social media.
Like Languido, Mantequilla also stopped him from his attack on the MIO and to limit discussion on the subject of quarry operations.
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While the hearing ended without any finding on the alleged corruption in the operation of quarries as claimed by Cocamas , it was instead revealed that share of Santo Tomas muncipality increased tremendously during the administration of Mayor Ernesto Evangelista.

DAVAO DEL NORTE: Santo Tomas info officer, councilor lock horns over trolls in social media

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The Santo Tomas information officer slammed a member of the municipal council for accusing his office of using trolls to spread damaging posts in social media.

The Municipal Information Office takes strong exception to the insinuation of Councilor Cromwell Cocamas when he delivered his privilege speech during the Sangguniang Bayan session on Monday, November 22, said information officer Mart Sambalud in a statement,

In his speech Councilor Cocamas called out this representation and the MIO, in general, indirectly tagging us behind the malicious and fake social media accounts, said Sambalud. READ MORE

DAVAO DEL NORTE: SANTO TOMAS ADMINISTRATOR TO EXPOSE CORRUPTION IN QUARRY OPERATIONS

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In response to the challenge posed by Councilor Cromwell Cocamas, Municipal Administrator Atty. Elisa Evangelista will appear in a hearing by the Committee on Finance, Budget, and Appropriations, in relation to allege corruption in quarry operations in SantoTomas.

The committee chaired by Cromwell will hold the hearing on Wednesday, November 24.

We don’t condone corruption on quarry operations, said Atty. Evangelista. READ MORE