PANGLAO, BOHOL – No one really thought spreading “humor” could be a bad thing. Or is it?
Well, not exactly. A sloppily made memo by the sitting mayor of Panglao town tagged spreading “humor” as an infraction that cost the local assistant market administrator his job.
Looking at the memo, Panglao town mayor Pedro Fuertes may be referring to rumor, instead of humor, in the latest viral topic that inadvertently made guffaw a notorious thing.
Fuertes showed assistant market administrator Marcos Guirit the door by ordering his dismissal in a memo. The memo was circulated in social media, and became a hot topic among netizens particularly Boholanos and carried the topic offline.
The memorandum letter attracted public scorn and sheepish cackle.
Fuertes inherited the mayoral post from dismissed Panglao Mayor Leonila Montero went on a dismissal rage and cited in his letter why Guirit had to go from his post.
“It has been observed that panic has also been spread by scrupulous persons who are allied to the dismissed mayor of Panglao in the sense that these scrupulous persons are employees at present of the municipality are no longer obeying the orders and requests of Municipal Mayor Fuertes. Well, let it be,” Fuertes, in his memo, said.
“Not to obey the orders and requests of the mayor – is INSUBORDINATION,” Fuertes also said in the memo.
The mayor went on to cite another reason for Guirit’sremoval from the post: “To spread humor to let other employees not to obey – is ECONOMIC SABOTAGE.”
Google’s own dictionary defined scrupulous as “diligent and extremely attentive to details.”
The sitting mayor also used the wrong pronoun in reference to the dismissed lady mayor of Panglao by using “his” instead of “her.”
The memo circulated on Tuesday online after it was leaked to the public, attracted myriad reactions, and discussions among netizens, and Boholanos who are offline.
Economic sabotage is a serious charge and can emanate from various offenses such as price manipulation, smuggling, hoarding, and profiteering, especially when the value reaches P50 million or more.
Such charge may also include large-scale illegal recruitment, infringement of internationally known trade names, and trademarks, unfair trade practices, dollar-salting, dollar black marketing, and mere possession and manufacture of documents, stickers, and plates of the Land Transportation Office.
Republic Act 10845 signed by former President Aquino also defined large-scale agricultural smuggling as economic sabotage.
Any fraudulent scheme, like the infamous Ponzi scheme, or pyramid-type get-rich-quick investments and similar operations such as large-scale estafa are generally considered to be economic sabotage, as these events may pose a severe threat to the stability of the country’s economy.
ON A CLEANSING MODE
This is not the first time Fuertes issued a dismissal memo in an apparent attempt to cleanse his administration with key officials associated with Montero.
Back in February, while still the acting town mayor, Fuertes issued dismissal memos to two Montero administration stalwarts, Arthur Bagcat and Danilo Reyes.
Bagcat was removed as the head of the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office and Executive Assistant for Engineering.
Reyes, on the other hand, was removed as the executive assistant on transportation.
Both were terminated at the end of February.
Bagcat was accused by Fuertes of “rampant extortion” of money from owners of building or those who are installing fences. The mayor also accused Fuertes of penalizing those who violated the setbacks allegedly without issuing receipts.
Reyes was accused by Fuertes for the alleged mishandling of the registration of the town’s vehicles. The town mayor accused Reyes for being “ineffective” in the supervision of the Auxiliary Police and allegedly failed in putting order in the traffic especially in the Alona Area.
Reyes was also accused of issuing business permits for the banca operators in Panglao, despite the absence of a certificate from the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina).
Other charges against Reyes were the alleged anchoring of the bancas in the white sand beach, and the alleged failure of the implementation of the ARS for snorkeling activities.