Mercy vows independent City Council’s PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 13 April 2013 11:18

United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) mayoralty hopeful Mercy Arquiza on Friday vowed to bring independence to the Sangguniang Panglungsod (City Council) if elected.

“I would like to make a dream come true, our team will work hard to have an independent, strong, unified and hardworking legislative council,” Arquiza said in an ambush interview.

“I will stand up to the people’s need not to the wishes of the mayor because if you will give blanket authority to him/her, a system of check and balance will no longer exist to maintain good public service,” she added.

Contrary to Mayor Celso Lobregat’s statement that the City Council is not a “rubber stamp” legislative body, Arquiza said the mayor is deceiving the public because for the past many years he has been dictating his “bow-wow” councilors.

Lobregat stressed that “no rubber stamp City Council will be given the Award of Excellence in the entire country” as what it did to the Zamboanga City Council.

But Arquiza said the mayor enjoys the support of majority thus, the City Council has become ever more a rubber stamp local legislative body.

“The bow-wow wow councilors would always vote unanimously in accordance with the mayor wishes,” said Arquiza.

According to Arquiza, once in power as vice mayor she will not allow the City Council to be dictated upon because it is a government of people that belongs to the different sectors of society.

“No one should be dictated by any particular sector. Kung mayron tayong independent, strong, unified City Council we will have a check and balance system,” Arquiza said. “Check and balance is vital in local government as in national government,” Arquiza said.

Meanwhile, Arquiza pledged to donate her salary to community improvement projects if elected, saying that most of neighborhoods have been left out of some incumbent officials.

Arquiza, the lead convenor of the Zamboangueños for the Transformation of Zamboanga (ZTZ), has mounted a door-to-door campaign to challenge incumbent re-electionist Vice Mayor Ituralde and former councilor Luis Climaco.

She often tells people of her slogan “Para El Cambio Y Para El Vale Vida”.