Mayor Jerry P. Treñas reiterated his defense why Iloilo City has to do away the hosting of the Peace Summit last December 10.
In an official statement issued on Saturday, Dec. 12, Treñas reiterated that a gathering of 1,000 is not allowed under the rules of the National Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) because the city is under the general community quarantine (GCQ).
The city mayor emphasized that IATF rules are implemented by the chairman, former general and now Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, former general and now Interior Secretary Ed Año and chief implementor former general Carlito Galvez.
It was Jeffrey Celiz, former Ilonggo activist and now “star witness” of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, who questioned the city’s wisdom and priority for not hosting the summit when the city can afford to conduct night market and other events.
Treñas rebutted that the night market is allowed by the Department of Trade and Industry under its rules to help revive the economy.
As a mayor, he added, he only follows the rules of the National IATF – no mass gatherings in places under GCQ.
“What is good for the gander should be good for the goose. Unless you will tell me there are no more rules except what you want to happen, then I cannot be mayor of that place since as a lawyer, I always follow the rules. Now you will ask me now, will you allow a mass gathering of 1,000 persons under a GCQ – my answer is the same – ‘No, sir,’” Treñas stressed.
Moreover, the city mayor also underscored that he has always respected the military as an institution.
He noted that he joined the Reserve Corps and underwent training when he was councilor and got in as first lieutenant.
He got promoted to major when he became mayor and finally promoted to lieutenant colonel when he became congressman.
He also went to further training but unfortunately did not finish it.
“I am ready to serve my country in anyway possible and even as a soldier in times of war. I have always respected the rule of law and the strict discipline in the military. Our city and our community will be a lot better if we follow the rule of law at all times,” Treñas added.
Meanwhile, Treñas thanked Lorenzana and Año for supporting the city’s stand./WDJ