Monico Puentevella

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Monico Puentevella
Mayor of Bacolod
In office
June 30, 2013 – June 30, 2016
Preceded by Evelio Leonardia
Succeeded by Evelio Leonardia
Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from Bacolod's Lone District
In office
June 30, 2001 – June 30, 2010
Preceded by Juan Nuega Orola, Jr.
Succeeded by Anthony Golez, Jr.
Personal details
Born Monico Ogtong Puentevella
(1946-07-02) July 2, 1946 (age 70)
Manila, Philippines
Political party National Unity Party (2015-present)
Spouse(s) Josefa Alunan
Alma mater University of St. La Salle

Monico O. Puentevella (born 2 July 1946 in Manila, Philippines) is a Filipino politician. Formerly a member of Lakas-Kampi-CMD, he was elected to three terms as a member of the House of Representatives of the Philippines, representing the Legislative district of Bacolod City. He was first elected to Congress in 2001, and was re-elected in 2004 and 2007. He was also the mayor of Bacolod from 2013-2016. He finished both his elementary and secondary education at the De La Salle Bacolod in 1962 and 1965, respectively. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science degree from De La Salle University Manila in 1960. He furtherly pursued Professional Management Development Program study at the Asian Institute of Management in 1994.[citation needed]

Media career[edit]

Puentevella had been a contributing writer for Manila Bulletin newspaper and Sports Weekly Magazine and Program host for West Negros Radio Station in 1967.[citation needed] He also became part of the television world when he hosted "Monico and Friends" and "Awit ng Tanghalan" in ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation, and "Monico" (he also produced) in RPN TV 8.

Sports career[edit]

Prior to his election to Congress, Puentevella served as a Commissioner of the Philippine Sports Commission from 1996 to 2001.[1]

Puentevella served as the president of the Philippine Weightlifting Association (PWA) until 2013, when he resigned from the post upon becoming mayor of Bacolod. He then held the title president emeritus after his resignation until he was re-elected again to the post in October 2016. He succeeded Roger Dullano, who irrevocably resigned to went to the United States due to concerns related to Dullano's family.[1]

Political career[edit]

'Newks’ as he is fondly called by his contemporaries is not new to public service as he had represented the Lone District of Bacolod in Congress from 2001 to 2010. As a three-term Congressman, Mayor Monico authored thirteen National Laws including the Quarantine Act of 2004, the Cheaper Medicines Law, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines Law and the Alternative Fuel Act of 2004, among others. He also helped authored and co-authored at least 586 house bills and resolutions of Local and National importance. Mayor Monico’s name is also synonymous with sports; the former De La Salle Manila stalwart was once voted Chairman of the Philippine Olympic Committee, Commissioner of the Philippine Sports Commission and the current Marketing and Television Committee Director of the Federation International de Football Association (FIFA).

Helping him in his administration will be a consortium of past, present and future "servant-leaders" of the City that follows Mayor Puentevella’ s philosophy to "work as a team and succeed as one." In as such, Bacolod is assured that she is in good hands, ready and willing to upraise her name as one of the prime cities and the top tourist hub of the country.[2]

Mayor of Bacolod[edit]

He was elected as mayor of Bacolod City in 2013.

In 2015, Puentevella was suspended for 90-days which started on November 16 and was charged with violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act (Republic Act 3019) for the alleged overpriced purchase of IT packages worth P26 million using his Priority Development Assistance Funds when he was congressman from 2002 to 2007. These IT packages were for public elementary and secondary schools in Bacolod. Also charged with Puentevella were the late Victorino Tirol, former Department of Education Western Visayas director; and Merryland Publishing chairman Jessie Garcia, supplier of the IT packages. Puentevella denied the accusations and questioned the validity of the information filed against him, however he willfully accepted the suspension with no reported hesitation. As a result, while Puentevella served his suspension, Bacolod Vice Mayor Greg Gasataya sat as acting mayor and Councilor El Cid Familiaran as vice mayor.[3]

The Sandiganbayan’s 90-day preventive suspension of Puentevella over graft charges ended on February 14, 2016 and Puentevella was able to return to his previous post as Bacolod City Mayor. Puentevella ran for Mayoralty re-election on the 2016 Philippine local elections but lost to Evelio "Bing" Leonardia.[4]

It was reported on June 23, 2016 that the Ombudsman ordered a one-month suspension against Puentevella due to failure to immediately suspend two Bacolod City building officials. In July 2014, the Ombudsman ordered the suspension of two building officials after finding them guilty of "conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service". Puentevella received a directive from the Ombudsman calling for the implementation of the suspension but issued a reply that the officials concerned are to be suspended in January 1, 2015 citing the unilateral move as in line with "the spirit of Christmas". The Ombudsman emphasized on its ruling suspending Puentevella that the earlier suspension order is "immediately effective and executory" and that "there is nothing vague or ambiguous with this wording". The Ombudsman also said that Puentevella has no authority to move the suspension to a different date. Puentevella said that the one-month suspension is "moot and academic" since he is already stepping down from his post as mayor eight days from the date of the report.[5]

Other involvements[edit]

Monico also worked as company officer for IPC-Sugar Trading Co., Philsugar, Sugar Planters, RH Fabricators and Designs Inc., and JOSMON Management Co. Inc. He also was an employee at Philippine National Bank.

In 1994, he became the President of Cebu Rolling Hills Memorial Chapels and Rolling Hills Foundation.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Doble, Henry (1 November 2016). "Puentevella re-elected PH weightlifting president". Sun Star Bacolod. Retrieved 1 November 2016. 
  2. ^ "Bacolod City Officials". www.bacolodcity.gov.ph. Retrieved 2016-04-26. 
  3. ^ Bacolod mayor suspended for 90 days over computer deal for schools – Inquirer.
  4. ^ Monico celebrates end of 90-day suspension – Panay News.
  5. ^ Masculino, Glazyl (23 June 2016). "Bacolod mayor: 1-month suspension 'moot and academic'". Sun Star Bacolod. Retrieved 1 November 2016.