BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – Among the many things the planned Truth Commission can do is look at existing City Hall contracts with private firms, a member of the probe body planned by incoming Bacolod City Mayor Albee Benitez.
Lawyer Romeo Carlos Ting, city legal officer designate of Benitez, told DNX the specifics will be spelled out by Benitez himself as he assumes office noontime of 30 June 2022 and issues an executive order creating the Commission.
Details about the commission remain scant and even Ting admitted that what he knows so far are: he and a former State auditor will be members of it, and contracts between City Hall and private firms will be among the documents the Commission will subject to review and investigation.
He added the parameters of their investigation will also be based on audit reports of the Commission on Audit.
This means the Commission will have to review the reports of the State agency before they draw up the parameters as to how many transactions they will have to work back on and under whose administration.
Outgoing Mayor Evelio Leonardia had served as chief executive for two recent three-year terms (2016-2019 and 2019-2022) after he defeated Monico Puentevella in 2016 when he (Leonardia) ran for mayor after becoming congressman in 2013.
He also served as mayor for four previous terms (1995-1998, 2004-2007, 2007-2010, 2010-2013) making him the longest-serving chief executive here.