Suspension of MisOr budget: ‘Anti-people, ill-advised’

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By Cris Diaz, Mindanao Daily News Online
July 8, 2020

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MISAMIS Oriental--Provincial Governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano of Misamis Oriental on Saturday described the court order suspending the disbursement of the province’s approved 2020 budget as “anti-people” and “ill-advised.”

Emano expressed the fear that the delivery of basic services is endangered following a court order restraining the provincial government to disburse the approved 2020 Budget effective Monday.

A regional trial court in Cagayan De Oro City issued a 20-day temporary restraining order (TRO) prohibiting the provincial government from disbursing the approved 2020 Budget Ordinance effective June 29, 2020.

The governor said that the TRO was “inappropriate and unfair” at the time when the country in general, and the provincial government in particular, is waging a war against the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are saddened by the issuance of the TRO when the provincial COVID Inter-Agency Task Force is fighting an unseen enemy that requires enormous financial logistics,” Emano said in a statement.

He said that the effect of the prohibition of the disbursement of the 2020 budget is now crippling some vital services of the province.

 

Emano cited the medical needs of patients confined at the eight provincial hospitals and the maintenance and security of “COVID-19 patients in isolation units” in several towns.

Emano accused the political opposition of “adding insult to injury” at the time when the people of Misamis Oriental are suffering as the country battles a nationwide health emergency to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said that the political opposition led by Vice Governor Jeremy Pelaez filed a petition for the issuance of the temporary restraining order (TRO) on the ground that the 2020 Budget Ordinance was “not posted as required by law for its effectivity.”


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