MABOLO Barangay Captain Prisca Niña Mabatid will leave for a five-day trip to Australia by the end of the month, despite Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña refusing her request for permission to travel abroad.
Mabatid said she would continue her journey after she received the go signal from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
"(De) DILG said whether he (mayor Osmeña) approves of it or not (the request for permission to travel abroad), I can go as long as I spend on my trip." It's my right, " she.
She said the protocol was to ask permission from the mayor for her as a barangay official to travel abroad.
Osmeña posted on his Facebook page the letter from Mabatid mentioning her request for permission to travel to Australia by the end of August.
Osmeña rejected the request with a scrambled comment: "Denied, can not approve trip every month."
"Despite your drop-out, I have approved your first trip after the ABC elections, be the captain of Mabolo or be a tour guide, you can not be both," Osmeña said in the post.
But Mabatid said the mayor was only looking for reasons to damage her reputation since the election of the Barangay Councils Association (ABC).
Mabatid, former member of the Bando Osmeña Pundok Kauswagan (BO-PK), ran as independent for the ABC-Cebu City chairman during the ABC elections last month and lost the BO-PK bet, Kasambagan Barangay Captain Franklyn Ong.
Yesterday, Mabatid claimed that Osmeña had never asked for her explanation about the trip, nor that he had convinced her of this.
Mabatid's previous trip to the United Arab Emirates was for a pre-planned medical examination for the renewal of its visa for investors.
The journey was originally a week but was shortened to 3 days.
She said that her five-day trip to Australia this time would be for a personal reason.
During the interview yesterday, Mabatid accused the mayor of harassing her and taking revenge against her.
"I will never submit to a disrespectful mayor," she told Cebu Daily News in a text message.
Mabatid also claimed that despite her recent trip abroad she had not failed in her duties as a barangay captain and that her voters were satisfied with her services in Barangay Mabolo.
"He can not claim that I do not work as a barangay captain, only my constituents can do that," Mabatid said.
CDN tried to get Osmeña's side on Mabatid's allegations, but the mayor could not be reached for comment.
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