THE administration bloc of the Cebu Provincial Board (PB) yesterday created new committees and shot down amendments to the house rules proposed by the lone opposition ally Arleigh Sitoy.
The 14 allies of Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia also did not give Vice Gov. Gregorio Sanchez Jr. any committee.
Sanchez, the presiding officer, said he was disappointed because he was eyeing the Committee on budget and appropriation, so he could provide “check and balance” on the use of Capitol’s funds.
Sitoy was adamant in amending the house rules so he could propose the inclusion of a committee on rules and the naming of a minority leader, so he moved to amend the approved house rules, authored by PB Member Peter John Calderon.
But nobody seconded his motion.
“If nobody will second the motion, the motion will be killed,” Sanchez told reporters after the session.
Left with no choice, Sitoy moved for the inclusion of the minority leader position. The PB approved the move. However, no PB member was designated yesterday to hold this position.
“There is clearly a tyranny in numbers” Sitoy said in an interview after the session.
Sitoy questioned the resolution filed by Calderon, adopting the house rules, during the inaugural session since he claimed to have received two copies of the house rules. Calderon’s motion was deferred.
Yesterday, the administration bloc adopted Calderon’s motion.
Calderon said they can only include the creation of a committee on rules
if it will be properly defined.
PB Member Ian Caesar Geronimo Zambo said they should approve the house rules before they make the necessary amendments.
Sanchez said, in an interview after the session, that the committee on
rules is very important since it will determine the items for inclusion in the calendar of business of the PB session.
However, PB Member Agnes Magpale said the PB has ample time to finalize
the house rules since, under the law, it has 90 days to discuss it.
After adopting the house rules, the PB approved the naming of the majority floor leader and committee chairpersons, leaving Sanchez out.
In 2007, Sanchez was named head of the committee on public works, highways and infrastructure.
“Action speaks louder than voice. This is obvious. They are trying to emasculate the vice governor,” Sanchez said.
However, Sanchez and his ally, Sitoy, said the minority floor leader can look into the proposals of members of the majority bloc.
There are four members of the minority—Magpale and PB Member Jude Thadeus Sybico of Bakud, PB Member Sergio Restauro of Alayon and Sitoy of the Liberal Party.
Sitoy said the minority will be empowered if the other members will disassociate themselves from Garcia’s One Cebu Party.