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Kid Peña feels ‘vindicated’ as Makati mayor. Here’s why

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A sudden leadership change in the middle of the year didn’t stop the Makati City government from posting a nine percent increase in total revenue for the year 2015.

According to a Manila Bulletin report, Makati–now under Acting Mayor Kid Peña–amassed P14 billion in total earnings last year. In fact, the Liberal Party (LP) politiko went as far to say that the development was a “vindication” of his leadership.

“For the past six months, we have put in place much-needed reforms intended to curb corruption and safeguard the city’s resources against abuse and misuse. We have established a transparent bidding process to ensure that our constituents and all target beneficiaries receive the best quality of services we can afford,” he said.

Peña took over the helm in the wealthy city on July 1, 2015, replacing Mayor Junjun Binay who was earlier suspended by the Office of the Ombudsman over the alleged overpriced construction of the Makati Science High School building.

Mayor Binay is the son of Vice President Jejomar Binay, leader of the opposition party, United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).

“The city government under the new Makati administration is deeply grateful for the tangible support and confidence shown by the city’s foremost development partner, its thriving business community. We also feel vindicated by the increase in new investments and improved business retention in the city, proving our detractors and the doomsayers wrong,” Peña said.

Makati is home to the country’s central business district. (Randy K. Ortega)