While we have yet to receive copies of the case filed with the Office of the Ombudsman by the Provincial Treasurer Manuel Leycano, we will assuredly respond to all these charges at the right motivation time and at the proper forum.
However, it is regrettable the Provincial Treasurer Leycano would resort now to the filing of this case in order to cover up for his inadequacies in the performance of his duties and functions as provincial treasurer. As early as February of this year, he has been the subject of a joint complaint filed by the Department Heads of the Provincial Government and a resolution of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan for his non-performance of his responsibilities as Provincial Treasurer. This has prompted the Provincial Government through the Office of the Governor to petition the Department of Finance to relieve and replace Mr. Leycano as Provincial Treasurer of Laguna. The said petition is now being acted upon by the Department of Finance.
It is likewise lamentable that these rehashed charges dating back as far as year 2000 are being resurfaced as this time when local elections are fast approaching. This leads us to suspect political and personal vendetta as he motivation behind these charges.
These accusations will not in any way diminish the exemplary performance of Governor Lazaro’s administration that has been validated by the constituents of Laguna with a very recent survey dated March 2009 that showed a highly satisfied rating of 83%.
We assure the people of the province of Laguna that these will in no way affect the delivery of services that they deserve especially during times of grave economic crisis. The Provincial Government of Laguna continues to move forward. (Release through PIO Cris Sanji)