Saturday, January 10, 2009

01-10-09: Power Restored After Councilor Jocelle Batapa-Sigue Asked for Bishop Compromise

BACOLOD, PHILIPPINES - Councilor Jocelle Batapa-Sigue, chairperson of the Committee on Communications and Energy, said she asked Bacolod Bishop Vicente Navarra to mediate between the city and CENECO.

Bacolod City Mayor Evelio "Bing" Leonardia met with CENECO president Vicente Sabornay in a closed door meeting and the power was restored shortly after both sides agreed to pay delinquencies.

Taxpayers demand no more hidden and private deals
Preferably, these type of meetings should be public with the press able to observe.

Most democracies and local government entities around the world have "sunshine" ordinances or sunshine laws that require public access to all agreements and meetings of public officials acting on behalf of its taxpayers. In the end, its the taxpayers that has to pay for all of this mess.

How many more "closed door meetings" and "compromises" are being done under the Leonardia administration that the public does not know about where taxpayer money is pledged or agreed on?

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