In a video that went viral in social media, Tagoloan Mayor Gomer Sabio is seen confronting a village staff at the Barangay Hall of Barangay Sta. Ana in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental for requiring an endorsement from another local official even though a payment has already been made for the burial of a family member of one of his constituents.
In an interview today by a local radio station, the female staff in the video said the endorsement has long been a policy prior to any burial at the Public Cemetery to verify if the deceased is really from Tagoloan. She said the endorsement may come from the mayor, vice mayor, barangay captain or even a kagawad.
However, in a separate interview also by the same radio station, Mayor Sabio clarified that he confronted the female staff because she did not initially inform the family that an endorsement is required. Accordingly, she only advised the family to pay the burial fee at the Municipal Hall. So when the family returned to the barangay hall and presented the receipt, they were again required for such endorsement. Mayor Sabio said this is in violation of the ease of doing business policy of the government. “Dili pabalik-balikon“, he added. The family wanted the body to be buried on Monday and the incident occurred around 3:00pm Friday, February 14 and there’s no office on weekends so the family might not get the endorsement in time.
Watch the video below.
It is public knowledge that Mayor Sabio and the municipal vice mayor are on opposite political sides.