Paliwanag ng Valenzuela bibigyan ng daan
Sa nasabing column na may pamagat na “SK Seminar ng Valenzuela sa Baguio inuman pala” ay ating binigyang-pansin ang mga miyembro ng SK ng lungsod ng Valenzuela na nag-iinuman sa loob ng Hotel Henrico.
Base sa mga ipinadalang litrato sa inyong lingkod ay kitang kita ang grupo ng mga kabataan na nag-iinuman sa loob ng isang silid, hindi po ako taga-Valenzuela at wala akong kilalang opisyal diyan sa nasabing lungsod.
Ang pinupunto rito ng Lily’s Files ay hindi upang siraan ang SK ng Valenzuela City kundi upang ipaalam kay Valenzuela City Mayor Win Gatchalian at sa mga magulang ng mga SK na sa murang edad ng mga ito ay marunong na silang uminom ng alak at sinamantala nila ang nasabing seminar kahit na sabihing nag-blow out lang sa panalo sa basketball, dahil kahit saan mo tingnan ay inuman pa rin ito ng mga kabataan.
Katulad din po ng ating nakagawian ay ilalathala natin ng buom-buo ang panig o reaction ng Pamahalaang Lungsod ng Valenzuela, dahil karapatan din nilang mailahad ang kanilang panig at kayo na po ang bahalang humusga.
In stark contrast to your aforesaid report, records show that the Valenzuela City Government did not spend a single centavo in the May 25-27, 2012 “Capability Building and Personality Development Seminar” of the youth of Barangay T. de Leon, Valenzuela City.
Besides, let it be emphasized that as per the Certification dated 20 September 2012, issued by Ms. Daisy Eslaban, City Director, Department of Interior and Local Government, only the Sangguniang Kabataan of Barangay Gen. T. de Leon, this city conducted at seminar at Hotel Henrico, Baguio City on May 25-27, 2012.
Anent the alleged inaction of Hon. Mayor Gatchalian on this subject “inuman issue”, records have it that as early as 7 May 2012, the Mayor issued a memorandum, addressed to all Department Heads of Valenzuela City reiterating the warning of the Office of the Ombudsman and the Civil Service Commission against drinking sprees during team building activities.
In the said memorandum, the mayor advised all Department Heads of the City of the “no drinking policy” during team-building activities.
The said memorandum speaks for itself.
The mayor just learned of the alleged “inuman” issue when his attention was called about your article.
Thus, he asked the undersigned to require the concerned Kabataang Barangay Officials to explain their side on the issue.
In a letter dated 20 Sept. 2012, the officers of the Kabataang Barangay of Barangay Gen. T. de Leon, belied most of your material allegations in your article.
They admitted though that the “basketball players” of their barangay who won two consecutive times celebrated their victory and had a drinking spree in their room at Hotel Henrico.
They, however, readily apologized for having tolerated the same.
We do appreciate your concern on “inuman” during seminars, but the same should not serve as an excuse for an irresponsible and unbalanced reporting.
This is most especially so because the other innocent Sangguniang Kabataan of the other 31 barangays of Valenzuela City were all put into bad light because of your fabricated report.
Any journalist worth his salt, ought to verify any information before even attempting to publish the same.
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