Minority dads: Will they join or not Sunday’s oath taking? PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 June 2013 11:41

Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde yesterday expressed optimism that newly-elected and re-elected minority councilors would join the ranks of other elected administration officials on Sunday’s (June 30) oath taking ceremonies at the Centro Latino Convention Center at Paseo del Mar complex.

As City Council’s presiding officer, Iturralde believes that there is no reason for the minority councilors not to attend said occasion, “because that is the day, wherein we (elected officials), can declare to our constituents, that we are willing to serve them, for the next three years”.

The vice mayor’s pronouncement came amid rumors that some minority councilors still maintain reservations, whether to attend or not such activity, especially, when outgoing Mayor and 1st district Congressman-elect Celso Lobregat, their known political nemesis, would be among the elected officials to take his oath there.

“There will be no politics in there. It’s going to be a solemn occasion between the elected officials and the public who elected us, and to whom we have to declare our commitment to serve,” Iturralde explained, during yesterday’s “Zamboanga, Tiempo Ya!” radio program, over RPN-Zamboanga.

While Iturralde clarifies that it is not his office, but those of the Human Resource and City Mayor’s sending the invitations, he still hopes that all minority dads will come and join them in such symbolic ceremonies.

“Whatever happens, we will respect their (minority councilors) decision, as we are in a democratic country,” the city council’s presiding officer narrated.

Meanwhile, Apart from District 2 re-elected Councilor Rommel Agan, the other remaining minority councilors showed some positive signs of gracing said affair on Sunday, as it represents their pending commitment to support the incoming administration of Mayor Ma Isabelle ‘Beng’ Climaco-Salazar.

Agan, who too, pledges support for Climaco-Salazar’s incoming leadership, said that he is still studying his options whether to go or not to go, citing as main reason that it is not the occasion, but the signing of the oath of office which matters most for an elected official like him.

Claiming to have been personally invited thru a text message by the lady mayor last Wednesday night, Agan said, he still have two days to think whether or not to join Sunday’s oath taking ceremonies. — Philip Abuy