Mixed reactions on Aliping as LP chair

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014


INCUMBENT members of the Liberal Party (LP)-Baguio City expressed mixed reactions over the photo of the official designation of Representative Nicasio Aliping as chairman of the local party posted on Facebook last Friday.

The photo of the designation, dated September 1, 2013, was signed by LP acting president Joseph Abaya. The photo was posted by Aliping’s chief-of-staff Jojo Cabato.

Vice Mayor Edison Bilog, who saw the photo in a closed group in Facebook, had no reservations on the city representative’s chairmanship.

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“Kami’y mananatili sa Liberal Party at susuportahan namin yung appointment ng bagong chairman ng [LP] Baguio,” he said, while speaking on Marques Go’s behalf.

He added that although the official designation of the new chairman will make former chairman Go an ordinary member, the executive committee of the local chapter will still remain.

Councilor Isabelo Cosalan said he is still unsure whether Aliping's new role is official or not.

Although he said it was not a big deal to him when he came across it on Facebook, he wondered why there is still no formal notice from the LP national executive committee and from the congressman himself.

Councilor Faustino Olowan, vice chairman of the local chapter of the political party, was piqued by the designation, stressing he, along with the incumbent members, were not consulted.

“It is our belief that chairmanship should be discussed by the members,” he told Sun.Star Baguio.

He even contradicted the citation of the LP’s constitution and bylaws, which supposedly states the highest elected official from the party stands as the chairman.

“That is not provided for in the constitution and bylaws,” he claimed, but stressed he respects Aliping and his chairmanship.

“We have to give respect to that. Hindi namin sinasabi na peke [ung designation posted on FB]. Ang sinasabi po namin, kung totoo at siya nga, then he will have to call the shots, magmeeting po kami,” he said.

The three admitted they have yet to meet with the congressman.

They are still looking forward to having a party meeting as they believe it is the best way they can talk and settle their differences. (Giovani Joy Fontanilla)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on May 28, 2014.

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