LAPU-LAPU City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan appealed to the City Council to support his programs just as six of the 14 councilors skipped his inauguration on Friday, July 05, 2019.
The 15th Sangguniang Panlungsod held its inaugural session first scheduled on Wednesday, July 3. Chan delivered his speech before an incomplete council.
Majority in the City Council belong to Team Deretso of former mayor and now Rep. Paz Radaza.
Six of the councilors from Team Deretso attended the inaugural session: Ricardo Amores, Gregorio Paquibot Jr., Efren Herrera, Marcial Ycong, Queenie Malingin-Amman and Alexander Gestopa Jr.
Those who were present in Chan’s Team Libre were Jan Vincent Dela Serna and Nelson Yap.
Those who were absent were Rex Mangubat, Rudy Potot, Flaviano Hiyas, Jose Dungog and the two ex-officio members Sangguniang Kabataan Federation President Laika Tampus and Association of Barangay Council President Eduardo Cuizon, all of Team Deretso.
During his 20-minute speech, Chan presented his 10-point program to the Council which he intends to implement within three years he is mayor.
He asked the Council to set aside politics, saying he needed their support to fulfill his campaign promise to Oponganons in the next three years.
Before the inaugural session, Chan had said that he received reports that the Deretso-allied councilors will boycott the inaugural session because of his plan to remove Radaza from occupying the office which her daughter Aileen previously occupied at the City Hall. Aileen was the congressional representative of the City then.
Meanwhile, those who failed to attend were able to send their letter to Vice Mayor Celedonio Sitoy informing him that the they could not attend the session because of previous commitments which they need to fulfill. Tampus, on one hand, is undergoing an on-the-job training.
The inaugural session was moved on Friday because of the rauckus caused by the “office wars” between Chan and Radaza, Amores said.
He said there is no truth to the mayor’s claim that their attendance at the inaugural session is in exchange of retaining Radaza’s office at the City Hall.
He also added their presence in the session had nothing to do with “party decision.” He said it was their obligation to those who voted for them during the recently concluded May 2019 midterm elections. (from GCM of SuperBalita Cebu/VLA)