Thursday, July 4, 2013

Ecija mayor’s resignation joke scares wits out of subordinates

PALAYAN CITY, Nueva Ecija – “If you have fears that I will fire you, then forget it. I’m just waiting for your resignation.”
          With this one-liner, neophyte Mayor Adrianne Mae Cuevas gave department heads of the city government here a big scare as she outlined her priority agenda in the first 100 days of her fledgling administration.
          In her first meeting with the various department heads at City Hall here Tuesday, Cuevas, who won by landslide over former three-term congressman Pacifico Fajardo, asked her official family not to judge her for being testy, outspoken and frank.
          “Give me the benefit of the doubt,” she told over a dozen department heads as she presided over the meeting.
          The feisty Cuevas continuously ribbed some of the department heads, including one believed to be fiercely loyal to her rival. She also took a dig at the chief of the city’s emergency hospital, likening the facility into a Christmas light that occasionally closes and opens.
          Then in a one-liner that nearly made everybody fell off their seats, Cuevas blurted out : “if you have fears that I will fire you, don’t worry, I am waiting for you to resign.”
          Her statement came like a bombshell to her audience who fell silent.
          But Cuevas later clarified that there would be no reorganization of City Hall personnel. She said, however, that officials whose contracts are co-terminus with their appointing authority and casuals will have to go.
          As to the firing of some of the department heads, she said she has not issued an official statement nor instruction to this effect, hinting her one-liner issued earlier was just a joke.

          “Of course, there will be a performance audit of the various department heads but remove them? I won’t do it,” she said. (Manny Galvez)      


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