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City Council won’t investigate Ocon – VM Uy


* Publisher says Mindanao Daily News won't take sides 

THE City Council of Cagayan de Oro will not initiate any probe against Councilor Zaldy Ocon after a video purportedly showing him shouting invectives against former Mayor Reuben Canoy surfaced online.

In an interview after their last session for the 18th batch of councilors whose three-year-term ends by the end of the month, Vice Mayor Rainier Joaquin Uy said that even though he is Ocon’s direct supervisor, they (city councilors) are already responsible enough to act as elected officials.

Ocon will sit beginning next month on the next 19th batch of councilors for another three years after he was reelected – along with Uy and most of their colleagues.
During their last session last Monday (June 10), Councilor Teodulfo Lao said that the City Council does not have any authority to investigate one of their own, pointing out that the alleged incident does not fall under any possible violation of the Local Government Code.

Outgoing Councilor Leon Gan attempted to butt in and said that the City Council can initiate a probe based on its house rules so that Ocon could air his side.
He did not push his opinion though thus there was no more action on the matter.
Before Lao stood on the floor, Ocon made a lengthy remark about his version on what transpired last Friday when the purported video was recorded.

According to Ocon, he was treating his RMN reporters to breakfast at VIP Hotel when Canoy chanced upon him. VIP Hotel is a Canoy-owned family business; so is RMN. Ocon is the program director of RMN’s flagship station DXCC which is based here in Cagayan de Oro City.

Ocon claimed that the wheelchair-bound former mayor was already shouting at him for not airing his ten-minute daily program Perspective that Friday morning. 

“Iya ko gipakaulawan in public nga pwede ra man unta to nga iya ko hunghongan. Mao tung tungod sa akong frustration, nakapamalikas ko pero dili to puntarya kang Mayor Reuben Canoy, pahungaw to nako sa akong kaugalingon,” he said, adding that Canoy has always been his mentor in the broadcasting industry in Cagayan de Oro.

Ocon admitted that he did not air Canoy’s long-running canned program because there was an ongoing breaking news coverage at the time – the arrest of a Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental councilor due to illegal firearms possession.

He said that as program director, he weighed that the breaking news coverage must be prioritized over Canoy’s opinionated show which could be aired anytime.
This apparently ticked Canoy and the incident ensued.


Councilor Ocon claimed the video posted on Facebook was allegedly spliced as it only showed him berating the city's former mayor but not the whole story how the commotion started. "Ang tumoy lang sa video maoy ilang gibalik-balik ug wala ang kinatibuk-an aron masayran sa tanan ngano naingon adto ko. Where is justice? Councilor asked, adding that he was condemned by over 70,000 people all over the world because of the spliced video.

At the Cagayan de Oro Press Club, president Jesus Salloman called for Ocon’s ouster as councilor and a subsequent recall election. Canoy is a member of the club. So is Ocon until he gave up his membership a few months back.

In his statement, Salloman said Ocon’s act is of a bastard and uneducated public official. 
Salloman rallied all Cagayanons to start a signature campaign for Ocon’s ouster.


Meanwhile, Mindanao Daily Publisher Dante M. Sudaria said the paper will not take sides on the issues involving City Councilor Ocon and the recent ouster move of the Cagayan de Oro Press Club.

Mindanao Daily, Publisher Sudaria said, will stand independently, will remain impartial and will not take sides on the issue. The paper's mission is to report the news that happens and not to be part of any political move in any circumstances. The paper remains to be the agent of news as a member of the press.

"As a member of COPC, I respect the statement of COPC Officials in calling for the ouster of Kagawad Ocon. However, Mindanao Daily and its sister publications BusinessWeek Mindanao and Cagayan de Oro Times will stand independently and will not take sides," the papers' publisher pointed out. 


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