By Chito Chavez
Incoming Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte asserted she never took a single centavo of the people’s money during her three term tenure as vice-mayor.
Vowing to buckle down to work when she assumes her post on June 30, Belmonte said her first order of the day will be to rid city hall of corrupt personnel.
Belmonte guaranteed to prove her cynics wrong assuring the housecleaning of dishonest, unprincipled, immoral and corrupt will continue until not a single one of them is left at city hall.
She also cited the importance of attaining a transparent government, pledging to uphold accountability and openness in all business transactions at city hall.
To achieve this, Belmonte said government documents and all the city’s undertakings will be made accessible to the public in a bid to create a good feedback mechanism.
“I will fight for our city to achieve good governance,” said Belmonte.
Belmonte said her sterling track record and performance as a leader were proven through the programs and ordinances she undertook in her three terms as vice mayor and presiding officer of the city council.
“I did not do anything wrong. You can easily check my track record to see if I have done something,” said Belmonte.
“The question is, what have you done? It’s easy to create platforms, it’s easy to say that these are what you will do, but how can we guarantee that you are capable of fulfilling those? For me, I am proud to say that my track record is impeccable,” she added.
To recall, Belmonte promised to stamp out corruption in Quezon City in accordance with the “Bantay Korapsyon” advocacy campaign of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).