(Metro News) Ombudsman dismisses case vs. Lim, Moreno on Pandacan oil depot operation

March 18, 2010 10:14 pm 

MANILA, March 18 — The Office of the Ombudsman has dismissed the complaint filed against Manila Mayor Alfredo S. Lim and Vice Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso in connection with the passage and subsequent approval of City Ordinance 8187 allowing the continued operation of certain industries in Manila, including the oil depots in Pandacan.

The dismissal was contained in a four-page decision of the Office of the Ombudsman, penned by Graft Investigation and Prosecution Officer II Alteza Anoso. It was approved by Ombudsman Ma. Merceditas Gutierrez upon the recommendation of acting Assistant Ombudsman Mary Susan Guillermo and Officer-in-Charge Director Aleu Amante.

Although the order dismissing the complaint was issued on October 27, last year, it was received by Lim’s office only last Monday.

The complaint was filed by a group claiming to be advocates for environmental and social justice. Among the complainants is a candidate for councilor under the ticket of former Environment Secretary Lito Atienza, who is running for Manila's mayoralty post in the May 10 elections.

Mayor Lim welcomed the dismissal of the complaint, saying he had no doubt from the very beginning that it was merely politically-motivated and would be junked.

For his part, Moreno said the complaint was lodged against them only for the purpose of serving the political interests of those rivaling Lim and him.

“The principal complaint claims the presence of the oil depots poses danger to the lives of Pandacan residents. However, when that complainant ran for councilor in Pandacan in 2007, using the issue of his opposition to the oil depots operation as his battle cry, he did not only lose but fared very, very poorly, a proof that the residents want the depots to stay,” Moreno stressed.

Moreno particularly cited the hundreds of thousands of residents who stand to lose their jobs and the millions of pesos of city revenues which will also be lost if the oil depots and the other industries covered by the ordinance are driven out of Manila. (PNA) scs/JES

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