Liberal partymates in power grab for Arquiza seat PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 20 February 2017 12:02

by Liza Jocson


At least two persons allied with the local Liberal party are reportedly aiming for the council seat of Teodyver Arquiza, who is rumored to be resigning from his post to confront his legal battle.

In an interview with E-media, former Councilor Roel “Elong” Natividad has admitted his desire to occupy Arquiza’s seat once the latter resigns from the City Council.

Natividad has cited at least two provisions in the Local Government Code providing the guidelines for choosing a successor of a council member who resigns from his post.

Natividad said that he should be considered as the most likely successor for Arquiza’s seat based on Local Government Code provisions on Succession and Appointment.

Natividad landed on the ninth spot for the 2nd District council slate in the 2016 Presidential and Local elections.  Arquiza landed in the number eight spot.

During the interview however, Natividad revealed that there is another candidate aiming for Arquiza’s post, thus posing a hindrance to his objective.

Let’s wait and see, Natividad said in Chavacano, seemingly daring his opponent to challenge his plan.

“.. cay tiene seguridad,”  was Natividad’s cryptic statement.

Natividad refused to identify his opponent for the seat he thinks would be left vacant by Arquiza.

During the 2013 elections, Natividad was the only councilor who joined Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco- Salazar in the local Liberal party.

Natividad continued running under the Liberal party until the 2016 elections, also the year when former partymates Congressman Celso Lobregat and Mayor Climaco- Salazar parted ways.

Natividad is banking on his party affiliation in his plan to be appointed the successor to the seat to be left by Arquiza.

Meanwhile, Councilor Teodyver Arquiza is still under suspension based on another order issued by Judge Grace Bernardo of the Regional Trial Court.

The suspension order was issued barely a week after the Councilor finished a previous suspension term, issued by Judge Gregorio dela Peña. (Liza Jocson)