Committees for minority dads, uncertain – Itu PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 11:18

Re-elected Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde yesterday expressed uncertainty over expectations of the new Council minority of being extended privileges, similar to those of administration councilors, under Mayor Beng Climaco-Salazar’s helm.

This, following hopes of newly-elected and re-elected opposition councilors, consistently aired over media interviews that Mayor-elect Climaco-Salazar will have a different style in dealing with the Council minority.

Iturralde, who ran as Climaco-Salazar’s running mate during the just-concluded elections saidthat while re-organization is inevitable in the incoming City Council, such matter will be a subject of an executive meeting of the majority party members. “We still have to tackle it in a caucus,” said Iturralde.

Amidst uncertainties on committee chairmanships for minority councilors, Iturralde said “theoretically, these opposition councilors have a mandate to fulfill, and that is to fiscalize the administration. If all of them will respectively, chair council committees, that will make them inutile in doing what is supposed to be expected of them, which is to fiscalize”.

Iturralde advised minority councilors not to expect too much stressing that such a matter has to be discussed by the majority party. “I am nobody in the party, but I know, that matters like this one, although put into discussion in a caucus, will not be easy to get a nod of party members.”

Meanwhile, the vice mayor also clarified, that the so-called ‘blanket authority’ granted to Mayor Lobregat, as a way of implementing generic projects, will not carry over up to Climaco-Salazar’s mayorship.

Iturralde said, that such authority is only limited to the sitting mayor as it was enacted, “meaning, Mayor Climaco-Salazar can likewise request the same from Sangguniang Panlungsod, should she too, so wishes”. — Philip Abuy