Davao de Oro Governor Jayvee Tyron Uy slammed as lies allegations peddled by critics that his Capitol bought millions of pesos’ worth of over-priced Chinese-made heavy equipment.
But taking the disinformation in stride, the mild-mannered Uy dished out his irritation with a joke.
I may have Chinese in my blood but I love Japanese, he told radio anchor Joseph Libunao of Tagum City-based FM radio station RPFM99.9 yesterday morning, May 18.
Uy is the son of veteran politician former governor now Provincial Board member Arturo “Chiongkee” Uy, who traces his roots to early Chinese inhabitants of Davao de Oro, formerly Compostela Valley.
The young Uy admitted his province bought a number of heavy equipment. They were Japanese but not Chinese, he said.
Uy said transparency has always been the hallmark of his, and his father’s, governance and assured the equipment purchase was above board.
He dared the critics to visit the provincial motor pool to establish if the equipment were Chinese. He said that ever since his province had been buying the tested Isuzu brands of heavy equipment, and never Chinese-made.
Uy dismissed the allegations as early smear bombs related to the May 2022 election.
The young Uy is seeking reelection and reports have it that 2nd District Rep. Peter Ruel Gonzaga his contesting his third and last term.
Apart from the alleged anomalous equipment purchase, Uy is also accused by broadcasters as being probed for corruption over P666 million fund for road building, repair and construction.
The Commission on Audit denies that charges have been filed against Uy and Captol officials.
Most of the smear missiles hurled against Uy come from FM radio brodcasters Roel Sembrano, Ka Mario, dodong david and Edward Macapili of Infinite Radio in Tagum City; and Jongjong Suyco, Bobby Largo, Bogart Salyot, dodong david, and Emy Horio of Power Radio 94.7 in Davao City. The broadcasters are said to be part of the propaganda machine of a member of the House of Representatives, according to sources.