Mayor Ace Jello C. Concepcion and Vice Mayor Angelito S. Rubia of Mariveles, issued a joint statement on Wednesday, July 12, 2023, to clarify rumors circulating online of a conflict between them over the issue of granting business permits.
In their statement, they said that they believe in a democratic governance where opinions and views of everyone are welcome and respected. They admitted that they had different opinions on the matter, but they resolved and discussed it in a peaceful and respectful manner, setting aside their personal views and choosing the legal and proper way. They said that they are faithful to their sworn duties according to the Constitution of the Philippines and the Local Government Code of 1991. They also said that they follow the Revenue Code passed by their Municipal Council as their standard for giving business permits for many years. They assured that the whole local government is united and cooperative in promoting the welfare of every family and the town of Mariveles. They asked the public not to believe the negative and destructive statements that are spreading online. Instead, they asked for prayers and support to strengthen their bond and service to their town.
Lastly, they said that they will conduct an investigation on the sources of the false and damaging information. They said that they will give a chance to those people to correct their statements. Both officials thanked everyone and wished for the prosperity and blessing of the town of Mariveles. The statement was signed by both Mayor Concepcion and Vice Mayor Rubia.