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Filipino netizens are very disappointed on why millions of people voted for incompetent people. It seems that you only need a good choreographer and the bread to run a nationwide campaign rather than excel in oratory and talk about their platforms. We really don’t know if these candidates who were born with a silver spoon can really manage to lead and do something that can change the landscape of their constituents.
Most of them really failed miserably. If you were a public servant and failed to do any productive ideas, it’s the people who lose and their future becomes uncertain. With that, here are the 5 worst Philippine mayors.
5.) Jose “Nonong” Ricafrente (Rosario, Cavite)
In office: 1992-1998; 2007-present
The Rosario, Cavite funds dwindled down because of his unnecessary projects, like repainting the whole town from blue to ugly green, hiring lazy people as metro aids, and a videoke in the middle of the plaza.
4.) Jejomar “Jojo” Binay (Makati, National Capital Region)
In office: 1986-1987; 1988-1998; 2001-2010
Makati City is the business capital of the Philippines and with the large tax it collects, it is very surprising to see roads with potholes and still they cannot give solution to the flooding problems. Business only thrives within the business district and private sectors are the only ones who strive to beautify the nation’s financial city.
He released 230 million-peso worth television infomercials from 2009-2013 using the Makati Foundation Day funds, printed comics for his vice-presidential campaign amounting to fifteen million pesos, awarded security and maintenance services to sons-in-law, seven (and counting) rest houses obtained during his term as mayor, and other allegations
With him as the current Vice-President, son succeeding him as the mayor, and a daughter just elected as a senator, we can clearly say that the voters had just created a new dynasty.
3.) Joey Marquez (Paranaque City, National Capital Region)
In office: 1995-2004
Newsbreak counted at least 28 such cases filed against Marquez from 1992 to 2003. This makes him the only mayor of his time to have been slapped with charges of graft and abuse of power practically every year in his 11 years as a public official. Marquez was vice mayor from 1992 to 1995. He was elected mayor in 1995 and has since been reelected twice.
COA’s annual reports from the time he became mayor in 1995 show that Marquez may have mismanaged Parañaque’s financial resources. Each year is marked by findings of unaccounted disbursements, disallowed expenses, and unremitted collections. And each year, COA’s warning went unheeded as the problems remained unchecked and the amount of money involved only got bigger.
Roads with potholes and garbage was usual everywhere. Wooden fences were installed in middle islands instead of fences made from steel. It was during his time when you can see Paranaque with dark and gloomy street at night during the Christmas season. Christmas decors were scarce or if not missing. If there were in fact decors, you can be sure that it was cheaply made and is rather tasteless.
2.) Jessie Castillo (Bacoor, Cavite)
In office: 1998-2007
With insensitivity to resolve the waste disposal that made Bacoor looked like an extension of Smokey Mountain and traffic situation worsened that could have been prevented if only he had a political will. Taxpayer’s point him as using their money to install huge billboards with 1/4 of it allocated only for his face! They blamed him on using it for personal uses rather than having their roads renovated and to create new livelihood programs. He even had the guts to run for congress during the 2004 elections!
He made the headlines on 2007 after ordering the closure of the local police headquarters and confiscating all of their dilapidated vehicles and radio equipments. Because of his actions on February 7, the National Police Commission (NaPolcom) ascrapped Castillo’s operational and supervisory control over the local police force and was charged of sedition, grave coercion, graft and corruption, abuse of authority and violation of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for government officials and employee.
Mareng Winnie Monsod, on her radio program, received a text message regarding how Jessie managed Bacoor. “If only we have the right to impeach mayors, we would’ve impeached Bacoor Mayor Jessie Castillo due to his incompetence!”
1.) Mayor Vicente “Dongkoy” Emano (Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental)
In office: 1998-2007; 2010-2013
-Constantly evades criticism by passing the blame onto his opponents and anyone who looks at him funny, believing that ALL acts against him are “politically motivated”. Yes, even if it’s just an accident or from angry citizens, he would still moan on his radio show that his political opponents are after him.
-Allowed street vendors to do whatever they please (loiter around busy streets 24/7 and litter), and even had them notify him whenever someone wants them off the streets.
-Uses black propaganda to gather support (once had his supporters post in public a news article on a political opponent, and then blow it out of proportion on his radio show that it’s the worst thing his opponent has ever done).
-Constantly “absent” from court hearings (read: ignores any summoning by the court) to hear any testimony from him.
-Destroyed an important dig site by building a bridge on it.
-Fired employees who do not agree with him in the slightest or who is discovered to be a supporter of his political opponents.
-Was responsible for the many deaths of Sendong due to ignoring past weather predictions and refused to evict homeless from danger-zones.
-Believes that a terrorist attack is only considered as such if it involved more than 5 people killed.
-After Typhoon Pablo in 2012, he refused to accept a death of a citizen (who died DURING the typhoon) in order to take the credit of making the city “casualty-free”.
-Is actively involved in illegal mining, which is also responsible for the Sendong flood.
-He ordered the painting of major constructions like fly-overs and bridges in purple (which is his favorite color; purple symbolizes royalty and arrogance. A fitting description) in order to maintain the illusion that he is still “in charge”.
-He is a heavy smoker, constantly violating the “no smoking” rules anywhere, even in city hall.
-Ordered to dump all bodies of the Sendong victims at a landfill because “There is no other place for them”.
-Transformed Cagayan de Oro from City of Golden Friendship into City of Barney and Friends by painting the whole city purple.
He paid the price on 2013 after losing to his challenger, former Misamis Oriental Gov. Oscar Moreno by a margin of 17,000 votes. To add insult to injury, he even lost in his own polling precinct – Gusa Elementary School. Dongkoy respected the outcome by telling ABS-CBN news that the people have spoken and there is nothing to do but to respect their voices.
And just like the typical election-novela, Vicente Emano filed an election protest 12 days after the election! And his reason? ““Kung ako lang ang masunod dili naman lang ko anang protesta-protesta pero ang mga tawo nga ania uban kanako mao ang nag-aghat nga magprotesta gayud (If I could have my way I don’t want to file a protest but the people who are with me are the ones who have convinced me to do this)”
(Updated on November 9, 2014. First published on May 13, 2013)
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