Mayor expects smooth legislative proceedings PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 23 August 2016 13:59

By VIC LARATO

Now that the sectoral representation issue in the City Council has been resolved, Mayor Beng Climaco on Monday expressed optimism that the local legislative body will have smooth proceedings for the good and welfare of the city.

This developed after the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 12 Judge Gregorio dela Peña III issued an order, paving the way for Tunkuh  Hanapi to officially take a seat as Indigenous People (IP) representative to  the city council replacing Ismael Musa.

“We hope the City Council will now have smooth proceedings and be able to act on important legislative measures to support the local government,” Climaco said during the press briefing in City Hall yesterday morning.

The mayor said there were some executive measures that have been pending due to the absence of a council representative, prompting the Sangguniang Panlungsod to convene as a committee of the whole.

Atty. Sam Mariano, assistant city legal officer, explained that Judge dela Peña’s order last Friday disposed of three issues: first, the lifting of the temporary restraining order that prevented Hanapi to take a seat in the council last week; 2nd, the denial of preliminary injunction, and; third, the dismissal of the main case for lack of jurisdiction.

Atty. Mariano said by operation of law Hanapi can now take his IP seat in the City Council, and it will augur well for smooth and peaceful transition from Musa to Hanapi.— (Vic Larato)