By Rjhay E. Laurea
MANILA — A ranking Quezon City government official has dismissed allegations of some quarters of overpriced food packs distributed in December last year.
QC Legal Department head Atty. Paolo Casimiro said certain individuals are making assumptions again against the city government in a bitter manner while “advancing their political agenda.”
“As the election season intensifies, certain individuals are once again making false allegations against the Quezon City government, in a bitter attempt to advance their political agenda,” Casimiro said.
He questioned the timing of the group’s expose on alleged overpriced food packs bought by the city government last December 2022.
“Despite the fact that their previous allegations were proven to be false, they remain undeterred. This time, their propaganda involves the allegedly overpriced food packs that our LGU procured last December 2020,” he added.
He said that these people are consistent with their propaganda, they are once again using a receipt of an order made last year to add a thing of legitimacy to their wrong information.
Casimiro explained that every Christmas season, it is likely for the prices of food and grocery items to increase, and hence it was during the pandemic when the first holiday of Christmas occurred last year.
The price surge of all basic and essential goods was even more pronounced, according to him, and grocery shelves and stocks were also hard to find.
“Consistent with their modus operandi, they are once again using a purchase order made last December 2020 to add a tinge of legitimacy to their disinformation. Ironically, every Filipino knows that the prices of food and grocery items increase every Christmas season,” Casimiro emphasized.
He also said that the prices of those purchased items were not the same as this group’s reference. It was way higher.
He told these people to do research when making allegations since it is totally free.
Aside from this distorted comparison of prices, he said that it was obvious malice that their detractors purposely left out other items in their computation.
He said from 12 items, only 9 of them were included in their calculation of the official procurement.
Also consciously excluded are the indispensable packaging costs, the labor and logistical costs of handling, repacking and delivery, costs of warehousing, and the supplier’s taxes.
He said that it must be known that the Commission on Audit (CoA) has searched the accounts of the QC Government, including this transaction, and has recognized it with the highest rating.
He once again asked the same question they have fielded before: “Who do we believe? CoA or paid trolls?”
Casimiro didn’t mention the name of the group but obviously, he is referring to the group Malayang Quezon City headed by AnaKalusugan Party-list Representative Mike Defensor. (AI/MTVN)