Beng belies Musa’s charges PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 11:32

By SHEILA COVARRUBIAS

Mayor Beng Climaco on Tuesday sought to clarify issues related to the representation of the indigenous peoples in the City Council.

Mayor Climaco said when she received the letter of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) regional director pertaining to the removal of Ismael Musa as the representative of the IPs in the City Council, she forwarded the same various offices including the Sangguniang Panlungsod for “information and appropriate action.”

“As to the allegation that the same constitutes an election offense, I believe that Mr. Musa is mistaken,” the mayor declared stressing that what is prohibited during election period is the suspension of elective local officials and not appointed officials.

She continued: “Mr. Musa was not suspended, he is being removed by the Council of Elders for loss of confidence. Furthermore, he is not at all an ELECTIVE LOCAL OFFICIAL. He was not elected directly by the people through regular elections, but  selected by the Council of Elders to represent the IPs in the Sanggunian”.

The mayor issued the statement, as Musa on Monday formally filed before the Commission on Elections a complaint alleging that she conspired with Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde to remove him as member of the City Council.

During her regular Monday press briefing in City Hall, the mayor said she has evidences to prove that she merely transmitted the NCIP letter to the vice mayor for information and appropriate action contrary to what Musa claimed. — Sheila Covarrubias