Judge to replace Quitain at City Council?-A A +A
Friday, September 6, 2013
NAMES of two Regional Trial Court (RTC) judges have circulated as among those being considered to replace City Councilor Melchor Quitain when he announced his resignation from the City Council to assume the post as city administrator.
Quitain's resignation takes effect on September 9.
He said Tuesday that Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is considering at least three personalities, but he refused to identify them.
But two RTC judges are reportedly among those who are being considered to replace him: RTC executive judge and Branch 12 presiding Judge Pelagio Paguican and RTC Branch 15 presiding Judge Ridgway Tanjili.
Neither would confirm nor deny such report.
When asked for comments, Paguican said he has no idea as to where the information comes from.
"In the first place, wala koy kalibutan ana nga istorya. Secondly, lisud mubalhin ang incumbent judge from judiciary to executive kay dapat man mi mag resign sa among position bago mubalhin didto (I have no idea about it. Second, it is not that easy for an incumbent judge to transfer from judiciary to executive because we have to resign from our present position before moving out)," he said.
He said the retiring age of a judge is 70, he is still 58-year-old. It is hard for a judge to transfer to a different office as this will forfeit retirement benefits.
"Walay benefits makuha sa Supreme Court (SC) kung sayo mag hawa (Early retirement gets no benefits from the SC)," Paguican said.
Paguican also said to leave his post as a judge in the RTC-Davao City will definitely affect the cases filed before the court he handles since the SC would take them two to three years before it can appoint another.
Tanjili, on the other hand, echoes the same conviction with Paguican.
"Dili man ta makasulti kay wala may offer. Kung naa, huna-hunaon sa nato (We cannot tell since there is no offer yet. If there is, we'll think about it)," Tanjili said.
If indeed there is such an offer, he said, he would only decide once it is officially offered.
"Lisud kaayo mulukso ka dayon, unya ato pa gyud dayon nang timbang-timbangun. Interest sa tao ang involved diha (It's not easy to move out instantly, we have to balance it first as this concerns public interest)," Tanjili said.
"Kung preparado ka, maybe. Pero kung di paka prepared yet for that, hunahunaon sa na nimo (If you are prepared, you might accept it. But if you're not, you have to think about it)," he said.
Quitain said the mayor has not yet given him assignments as the city administrator.
However, he personally plans to meet all the department heads of the executive branch.
"I already know what to do. My first agenda is just to talk to the heads of the departments, get feedback from them," Quitain said. "Tell me your problems and we will see how we can solve that problem."
As of now, he said, he concerns more on where his more or less 20 employees/personnel go next after he moves out from the City Council.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 07, 2013.