Alayon councilors fail to overturn JVR’s veto

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Saturday, January 4, 2014


ALAYON Party councilors failed yesterday to override Talisay City Mayor Johnny de los Reyes’ veto against a job-order quota.

Councilors allied with Alayon Party did not get the two-thirds vote to upset the mayor’s opposition to the provision in the 2014 annual budget ordinance, which enables councilors to hire 50 contractual employees each.

Eight members of the City Council are needed to override the mayor’s veto but there are only seven Alayon Party councilors, even if they maintain the majority in the legislative body.

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Three councilors of the Liberal Party (LP), the mayor’s allies, voted to keep the veto.

Talisay City Councilor Aldin Diaz, also an LP member, abstained from voting during the special session yesterday even after learning that de los Reyes had plans to cut his job-order employees to 20 from 50.

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Diaz told reporters that he “can still trust” the mayor to keep his promise to allow each councilor to hire 50 job-order workers. But he said that if the mayor will not fulfill the promise, he will leave LP.

Councilor Socrates Fernandez, also former mayor and a member of Alayon Party, accused de los Reyes of flipflopping.

“While the saliva in his mouth has yet to dry, he (de los Reyes) changes his mind,” Fernandez said in a privilege speech.

Talisay City Councilor Valeriano Ylanan, another ally of de los Reyes, said the power of giving job-order employee quotas to city councilors is the mayor’s prerogative.

Ylanan reminded Fernandez that when he (Fernandez) was mayor, opposition councilors were only allowed to hire three to five job-order employees.

The City Council approved the mayor’s proposed annual budget of P630 million this year and inserted a provision in the budget ordinance allowing job-order quotas for councilors.

De los Reyes said the quota would be detrimental to the City’s coffers.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 04, 2014.

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