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Amores claims mayor told dep’t heads to skip 2022 budget delibs

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Lapu-Lapu City Councilor Rico Amores accused Mayor Junard Chan of ordering his department heads not to attend City Council sessions for the deliberation of the city’s 2022 annual budget.

In an interview with SunStar Cebu, Amores said they have not yet approved the city’s proposed budget amounting to around P3 billion because, for seven consecutive sessions, no department heads attended to explain the Annual Investment Plan (AIP).

According to the councilor, they received a memorandum from Chan last week which prohibited department heads from attending the City Council’s session without the latter’s approval. (https://bit.ly/3269e7A)

He and other council members could not approve the budget without the presence of the department heads to explain the AIP, added Amores.

He raised the possibility of a reenacted budget in 2022 if the executive department refuses to cooperate with them.

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