DAVAO City Council’s majority floor leader Bernard Al-ag will only sit as vice mayor if President Rodrigo Duterte accepts the resignation of his son Paolo Duterte as vice mayor.
Al-ag earned the most vote as councilor during the election and is the first person allowed by law to replace the vice mayor.
In an interview, he said he is still waiting on the decision of the chief executive.
“His (the vice mayor’s) resignation will only be effective upon the acceptance of the president. If after 15 days, we still won’t hear from him, then the resignation will take effect,” he furthered.
He added that the president can only do two things: to accept and reject the resignation.
“Let’s just wait,” he added.
Last December 25, the younger Duterte announced his resignation citing recent unfortunate events closely tied to his first marriage.
“These among others, include the maligning of my reputation in the recent name-dropping incident in the Bureau Customs smuggling case and the very public squabble with daughter,” he said referring to his daughter Isabelle with his first wife Lovelie Sangkola Sumera.
“The other person in this failed relationship is incorrigible and cannot be controlled. And I take full responsibility for all that has happened as a result of a wrong decision to marry at a very young age,” the vice mayor said.
The vice mayor recently had a squabble with Isabelle over the latter’s posts in her Facebook page accusing the vice mayor of beating a minor.
The relationship between father and daughter was strained that reportedly started when the vice mayor was angered by Isabelle’s choice to enter showbiz instead of finishing her studies.
Meanwhile, as to the direction now of the council, Al-ag said that councilors had a meeting after the vice mayor announced his resignation.
“We had a meeting together with the members of the council and then the instruction is we will do our business, as usual,” he said.
“Despite the resignation of the Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, we assure the public that there will be no disruption of service that will occur. The Sangguniang Panlungsod or your City Council will continue and fulfill its mandate as a government institution,” Al-agsaid.
Al-ag said that Sangguniang Panlungsod resumes office on Wednesday, December 27.
Meanwhile, based on reports, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said that the vice mayor will remain on leave until the President approves his resignation.
The mayor, who was present during the City Council special session on Monday, admitted the family, including President Duterte, is aware of the vice mayor’s decision to resign.
Duterte-Carpio said it was discussed the past weeks but that they left it up to the vice mayor “whatever makes him happy for his personal life.”
“Kung unsa iyang rason, nakasabot (Whatever his reason is, I understand),” she added.
"There are things beyond my control. It is not my life. I can only be here for my brother to support him," she added.
The mayor said she understands the vice mayor in emphasizing “delicadeza and honor”.
Duterte-Carpio’s office will take in the staff of the vice mayor.
President Duterte's advice
President Rodrigo Duterte for his part said that his son had already consulted him the night before and he told him to do what he thinks is right.
“Nagtanong siya kagabi doon kami nagkita-kita kami doon sa magkapatid, si mayor pati siya, habang naghihitay kami ng balita tinanong nya ako. Sabi ko sa kanya, ikaw you are in the position to do what is right, kung ano lang ang tama sa iyo gawin mo,” he told the media last December 25, 2017. (KVC/With reports from JCR/PNA)