Recall petition against Lamitan vice mayor filed PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 23 February 2012 14:15

LAMITAN CITY — Forty three barangay chairmen and their followers trooped yesterday to the office of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) here to file a petition for recall against Vice Mayor Arleigh W. Eisma.

The group was led by Bulanting Chairman Asbi Ramirez Alkie and Association of Barangay  Council President and Councilor Mannan Sumampil. They formally submitted the petition to Comelec Election Officer  Wilfredo L. Daraug.

The group said they filed the petition for recall of votes against Eisma because he has always been contradicting the plans and projects of Mayor Roderick H. Furigay that are all geared to  fasttrack development and progress in the city.

Recently, Eisma together with Councilors Jessica E. Flores, Roy M. Mateo, Donel M. Ramos, Vistahan M. Andong, Tito Q. Ramos and Jaime Ortega voted against a resolution in the City Council that would have granted Mayor Furigay the authority to enter into a loan agreement with Land Bank amounting to P 300 million for the construction of an infirmary hospital and several other projects that will benefit the people of Lamitan.

Chairman Alkie told newsmen that they have lost trust and confidence on Vice Mayor Eisma and the six councilors because the construction of the infirmary hospital is very important for both Christians and Muslims in Lamitan. considering Zamboanga City is far from the city. 

The other projects include farm-to-market roads, Madrasa and Madaris (For the education of the people) and the construction of coastal roads and acquisition of vehicles for the barangay officials.

Alkie said the city can afford to pay the P300 million loan because of its  sufficient Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA)  and its revenue collection.

Furigay thanked the 43 barangay chairmen and their followers for the support given to him.       He said that all the projects were intended for the benefit and welfare of the people.

Furigay said the construction of the infirmary hospitalis necessary because  ARMM (Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao) Officer-in-Charge Gov. Mujiv Hataman and Congressman Jim Saliman have pledged to provide the hospital equipment in addition to the an assistance from the USAID.

“Once the building is constructed.  We have nothing to worry on expenses for the equipment because Gov. Hataman, Rep. Saliman and the USAID have pledged to provide the equipment.           Comelec Officer Wilfredo Daraug said  the petition for recall of votes against Vice Mayor Eisma is the first case in Basilan. — Allen Abastillas