Four city councilors of Manila on Sunday disowned a resolution passed by the council directing the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) to confer a doctorate degree on Vice Mayor Isko Moreno.
Councilors Arnold “Ali” Atienza, Niño de la Cruz, Josie Siscar and Rod Lacsamana said their names were listed as principal authors of the resolution without their consent and knowledge.
They said it is highly immoral for the council to give an honoris causa degree to Moreno when the vice mayor himself is the presiding officer of the council.
The councilors added that they had no idea that there was such a resolution and that they were not even informed about it even after its passage and the inclusion of their names.
Atienza said that he was absent during the March 13 session, during which the resolution was passed unanimously.
“Even if I were present, I would have opposed it because I know by conscience that he does not deserve it,” Atienza declared.
De la Cruz, though present at the start of the session, said he could not recall that a resolution was passed.
He said he left the hall to attend to important matters in his office only to learn later that he was among the principal authors.
Lacsamana said he was also not present in the said session. He asked, “So paano ako naisama ng mga loko na `yun sa resolution nila [so how was I included in their resolution]?”
Siscar, meanwhile, said she was surprised that her name was included as one of the principal authors since she had been absent for two days in a row.
Resolution 69 cited Moreno as a distinguished leader and a devoted public servant who has a vision for a glorious City of Manila.
PLM is owned and managed by Manila city hall. It is considered as one of the top universities in the country today.
The resolution enumerated Moreno’s achievements, including his participation in two fellowship programs in the United Kingdom and the United States (US), besides attending a leadership program also in the US.
“Whereas, the ambience of graduation rites is now felt all over the country and the time is ripe for a premier learning institution, the PLM, to give honor and recognition to a benevolent benefactor, a distinguished leader of the land, Vice Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso,” the resolution stated.
Atienza said more councilors are not aware that their names were included as principal authors, but would not dare speak up for fear of reprisal.