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Commentary: Lamppost issue has become an election agenda

Cebu City (10 April) -- The lamppost controversy has become an election agenda as a congressional aspirant bared his willingness to pursue the case to nail those involved in the alleged overpricing of the lampposts and streetlights used during the 12th Asean Summit.

Luigi Quisumbing, a Lakas party member running for Cebu's 6th District in this morning's 888 News Forum at the Marco Polo Hotel said the public have the right to demand for an accounting of all government projects as these are people's money collected in the form of taxes.

Quisumbing, a provincial board member who is seeking a higher elective post against incumbent Rep. Nerissa Soon-Ruiz, stated his abhorrence against traditional politics as he described his brand of leadership as 'pure service' without the potential of falling into corruption.

In Cebu, a contested hot seat is Mandaue City 's mayoralty race which turned into an interesting plot with the preventive suspension of the current mayor for the lamppost issue. There are three mayoralty aspirants in Mandaue City which falls under the 6th District.

Another politically attention-grabbing fight is the 6th District congressional contest where both Quisumbing and Soon-Ruiz are facing it off. Both Quisumbing and Soon-Ruiz are allies of the President as well as the three other candidates for the Mandaue mayoralty position.

Quisumbing, a scion of the well-known business clan who owns Norkis Company, said he wants to bring back investors confidence in Mandaue City being the industrial hub in the province. The 6th District also encompassed Lapulapu City and the towns of Cordova and Consolacion.

The congressional aspirant added he wants to regain the glory of Mandaue City as the industrial center in Cebu which suffered a bad image when the shabu laboratory was discovered in late 2004 and now with the lamppost issue. Quisumbing revealed that his family owes a lot to the residents of Mandaue City as the family-owned Norkis firm started its operation in the city over 40 years ago employing about 5T employees and which has now 300 branches nationwide, this is learned.

Employment is one of the priority thrusts of the 27-year old Quisumbing who believes that coming from a business-oriented background gives him an advantage of understanding the issues of the business sector and to be able to give them the support it needs from the government side, not only locally but in the national level as well, according to Quisumbing. (PIA-Cebu/FCR) [top]

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