Council’s minority backs Moreno’s move to file suit

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

THE pro-administration councilors said they will support Mayor Oscar Moreno should he decide to file legal action against the City Council’s majority bloc for modifying some parts of the Annual Investment Plan (AIP), which approved last Monday, July 21.

“Our role from the minority bloc is support the mayor in whatever program he proposes because we believe the programs are all for the benefit of the people in the city,” Councilor Teodulfo Lao of the minority said Wednesday.

The issue sparked between the two factions at the City Council when the minority opposed the modifications in the AIP prior to its approval.


The AIP was drafted by the City Development Council (CDC) chaired by Moreno, the head of the executive branch.

In the Philippine Constitution, two governing bodies -- the executive and the legislative -- are expected to function separately, Lao said.

“That was clearly a violation that they have committed. They are violating the constitution itself already,” he said.

Lao reiterated what he cited in Monday’s session where he presented a similar situation of a mayor in Iloilo City who addressed the problem in the role of the legislative and the executive to the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

During the session, councilor Ramon Tabor and Alden Bacal refuted it saying "they do not rely on ‘mere opinions.’"

“We are just following rules here. We do not depend on hearsays lang, we must follow the rules,” Bacal said Tuesday.

Lao said his bloc has been thinking of filing a case, but they have to seek advice from DILG first before taking any concrete action.

“We have to be careful on this one, so we must think on this one thoroughly,” he said.

At present, the mayor has remained mum on the AIP controversy.

Bacal, however, said he is not afraid when things will get worse or will get to the higher authorities.

“Bisag asa pa mi muabot, I can look you in the eye and tell you that everything is just been followed according to the rule,” he said.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on July 26, 2014.

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