No show of SP majority councilors slammed

By November 20, 2022Top Stories


ALL seven councilors of Dagupan City belonging to the majority members of the Dagupan Sangguniang Panlungsod decided to abandon their regular session last Tuesday for a chance to attend the 87th founding anniversary celebration of the Office of the Vice President in Manila on November 15, on the invitation of former Mayor Brian Lim, representing the OVP in Dagupan City.

Among those in the business agenda calendared to be discussed upon in last week’s regular session were:

  • To act on the resolution authorizing Mayor Belen Fernandez to select the five-hectare retention areas from the 9 hectares bought by the Dagupan City government in 2002 in Barangays Awai and Bolo, San Jacinto given the deadline set by the Department of Agrarian Reform.
  • To pass approval on the barangay budget of Pogo Grande.
  • To discuss and approve the report of the Finance, Budget and Appropriations Committee on the proposed Supplemental Budget and Supplemental Annual Investment Plan.
  • To discuss concerns of the Dagupan Police Station.

As a result of the no-show of the seven councilors (Librada Reyna-Macalanda, Alvin Coquia, Marilou Fernandez, Celia Lim, Alipio Serafin Fernandez, Redford Erfe-Mejia and Irene Lim Acosta), Vice Mayor Bryan Kua, the presiding officer, adjourned the session on the determination of the city secretary that there was no quorum.

Only Councilors Michael Fernandez, Jeslito Seen, Dennis Canto. Liga ng mga Barangay president Marcelino Fernandez Joshua Bugayong, chairman of the Sangguniang Kabataan Federation, and Vice Mayor Kua  answered the roll call made twice by acting-SP Secretary Ria Manuel.

Minority Leader Fernandez slammed the absence of the majority members as another machination to derail the social programs of the Belen Fernandez administration, providing solutions to the problems created by the Brian Lim administration, among them  the unresolved onerous purchase of the farmland in San Jacinto by the administration of former Mayor Benjamin Lim in 2002.

Fernandez questioned the propriety and decorum of the seven councilors choosing to attend a social gathering instead of performing their sworn duties and responsibilities as prescribed in Republic Act 9165 or the Local Government Code, basically to pass resolutions and ordinances. (Leonardo Micua)

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