FORMER Puerto Princesa City Mayor Edward Hagedorn yesterday dismissed the “ranting” of Mayor Lucilo Bayron linking him to a social media post by one of his supporters who averred that an appellate court ruling stopping the decision of the Ombudsman to dismiss him from office is “fake news.”
“For Mr. Bayron to insinuate that I have prior knowledge of or that I approved, the post on social media that got him agitated, that is the fake news,” Hagedorn said.
In a news article on Wednesday, Bayron also threatened to sue one Jose Mirasol, whom the mayor tagged as a ‘political adviser’ of Hagedorn, “and all others behind (the post).”
Mirasol, in his Facebook account last November 17, claimed that a ruling by the Court of Appeals last October 13, 2017, stopping the implementation of an earlier Ombudsman decision dismissing Bayron from office was “fake.”
The Ombudsman late last year had ordered the dismissal of Bayron and his perpetual disqualification to hold public office for grave misconduct and serious dishonesty.
“What people posts in their own social media account is their responsibility,” Hagedorn pointed out.
“And if Mr. Bayron was somehow offended by what he read on social media, it only shows the degree of his insecurity and paranoia.”
A recipient of numerous international awards and recognition for good governance and for his commitment to protect and preserve the environment and promote PPC as one of the most popular international havens for tourists during his term, Hagedorn said the people of PPC are less worried about the fate of Bayron than the “continued decline of their quality of life, business opportunities and rising crime.”
“If there is one thing that most people these days can agree on is that Mr. Bayron has so far given them fake development, fake progress and fake governance.
“These are evidenced by the proliferation of illegal drugs, vices and environmental destruction, that are now almost a daily occurrence in Puerto Princesa.
“Sadly, my beloved city is now in the process of early decay,” Hagedorn said.