Iturralde eager to play role as SP’s tie-breaker PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 11:35

By VIC LARATO

Acting Mayor Cesar Iturralde, who has just been reelected vice mayor for the third and last term, was looking forward with excitement to exercising one of his functions as presiding officer of the Sangguniang Panlungsod—a tie-breaker.

Iturralde was confident that the new composition of the local legislative body, having 9 members in each bloc (LP and LDP), will give him the opportunity to exercise a provision of the Local Government Code, which states “As presiding officer, the vice mayor can vote only to break a tie.”

“Alegre kita si sosede se kay desde antes kere gayod kita al tene el opportunidad para man break el tie,” Iturralde said, short of saying that he never had such opportunity during his past two terms (six years) as he belonged then to the ruling LDP bloc.

“This time, I can see an opportunity to exercise such provision of the Local Government Code, giving the presiding officer the power to vote on measures in case of a tie,” said Iturralde, now an LP member.

He also said the incoming City Council is very dynamic as he expects the members belonging to both LP and LDP blocs will engage in more debates on issues at hand.

“Debate has always been the character of any legislature. The more debates we have, the better decision can be made,” the vice mayor explained.

Meanwhile, Iturralde said the majority bloc has yet to elect the incoming majority floor leader even as it was earlier reported that Councilor Rodolfo Bayot of LP, being the No. 1 councilor in District 2, has been eyed for the position.— Vic Larato