By J. Jala | 07:38 PM June 30, 2022

Gov. Erico Aristotle “Aris” Aumentado on Thursday’s inauguration has vowed to help end ‘culture of corruption’ in the provincial government.

“Corrupt practices that laid to waste our meager resources and deprived hungry mouths of food or ailing bodies with relief are not mine to forgive or forget. It is the entire Boholano people that is wronged; it is they who cry out for redress. Let justice be done though the heavens fall,” Aumentado said as he took his oath on Thursday, June 30.

He said there will be no more” Ivans” in the Capitol.

“We are not out witch-hunting; we are on a clean-up drive. There will be no more bypassing of the normal bidding procedures. There will be no more transactions done by or coursed through people who have no official functions in the Capitol. There will be no more “Ivans”, ” he said.

“Ivan” is the alleged “tong” collector at the provincial Capitol.

 “We may be able to unmask the face or faces of that notorious “Ivan” or not but we will make sure that our dealings will be transparent and above-board. We owe this to our fellow Boholanos. And I personally owe this to my late father who had served his people with no stain of corruption,” said Aumentado.

After the inauguration, he signed four executive ordinances including an office for Governance Accountability and Review. This body shall look into the reported questionable deals of the past administration in the procurement process, in securing contracts and in obtaining loans. 

Aumentado said the office will be headed by former Cabinet Secretary Jun Evasco.

“It is quite lamentable that Boholano businessmen are not able to do business in the Capitol because of heavy obstacles like the reported huge kickbacks. It is non-Boholanos who are benefitting from this rotten system,” he said.

Aumentado became the 27th governor of Bohol.

He took his oath before Supreme Court Associate Justice Henri Jean Paul B. Inting. Vice Governor Dionisio Victor Balite and members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan; Representatives Edgar M. Chatto, Kristine Alexie Tutor and Maria Vanessa Aumentado also took their oaths.

By Bohol Island News

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