MAYOR Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar was happy to note that majority of the present members of the city council are supportive of the programs of the Zamboanga City Government under her administration.
This, as Salazar has welcomed what she termed as “diverse voices” in the local legislature.
Salazar noted for the first session of the city council last week “so far, the evaluation that they have is that majority are in support of our programs.”
“But we really welcome diverse voices in the City Council because that is real democracy in action,” the mayor said.
She added that under her administration, the local legislative body will remain an independent collegiate body following the laws, rules and regulations, and internal rules and procedures of the Council for them (the members) to collectively agree, disagree and jointly be able to decide according to their votes (on issues presented before them).
Salazar assured that “there will be no more blanket authority of the mayor” under her administration.
When asked if she welcomes fiscalizers in the city council, Salazar said, “Definitely, because my father (former vice mayor) told me to be honest and become a fiscalizer. That is why the people of Zamboanga with the grace of God have given me this opportunity - to be elected mayor for three terms.” (Bong Garcia/SunStar Philippines)