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Thursday, 05 February 2015 13:49

Ousted as chairman of a powerful committee in the City Council, District 2 Councilor Roel “Elong” Natividadon Tuesday appealed to  concerned government agencies to name names and provide evidence on those persons involved in smuggling activities in the city.

“Este dia, ta llama yo con todo agencia de govierno que ase el propio investigacion y si quien tiene el culpa. Debe impone el pesao pena del lei,” (Today, I’m calling on all government agencies to conduct proper investigation and impose heavy penalty as provided by law), said Natividad in his privilege speech during Tuesday’s regular session of the Council.

Natividad who was implicated in smuggling activities was stripped off positions during last week’s regular session — As chairman of the City Council’s Committee on Peace and Order and as majority floor leader.

“Ta apela yo si quien-quien estos mga persona embuelto na mal actividades de smuggling aqui na ciudad, debe imprenta na publico y ase sale evidencia, kay estos mga personas amo el embuelto na mal trabajo,” (I’m appealing for those who are involved in the smuggling activities in the city and face the public with evidence as they are involved in the illegal activities), Natividad said.

The alderman from Tetuan said despite his ouster from the powerful positions, he will still support the city government’s programs under the leadership of Mayor Beng Climaco-Salazar on security, health and education (SHE).

“As a city councilor, I will continue to do what is best for the people of Zamboanga through legislative action,” Natividad emphasized.

He also thanked District 1 Councilor Rudy Bayot and other councilors including Rommel Agan, Mel Sadain, Kim Elago and Josephine Pareja for not signing the manifesto that led to his ouster in the powerful committee of the City Council.

Natividad said he will devote his time as chairman of the City Council’s Committee on Youth and Sports and other activities for the benefit of all sectors in the city.

Meanwhile, following the privilege speech of Natividad, the Council unanimously approved a resolution requesting the “National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to conduct an in-depth investigation among city officials of the Local Government (LGU), police, military, Bureau of Customs (BOC), Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), Philippine Coast Guard, Maritime and all national agencies situated in the city that have something to do with the entry and exit of any commodities through the local port”.

“This is in order to once and for all clarify and make known to the public the continuing and pestering issue of smuggling activities happening in the city of Zamboanga,” Sadain said as the proponent of the resolution. — Monch L. Follosco