Councilor quits from all committee posts

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

COUNCILOR Joanne Bonguyan tendered her resignation from all the standing committees from which she was elected in the 17th City Council of Davao.

Thus, there are already two councilors who no longer handle any single committee in the local lawmaking body - Councilors Bonguyan and Diosdado Mahipus Sr.

Bonguyan was the chairperson for committee on information and communication technology, vice-chairperson for committee on social services, and a member of the committees on women, children and family relations, youth and sports, and publication.


Floor leader Councilor Tomas Monteverde IV announced the resignation of Bonguyan during the approval of items on suspended rules of the regular session Tuesday morning.

The reason of her resignation, though, was not stated in the letter, Monteverde told reporters in an interview.

He attempted to read the letter of resignation of Bonguyan during the session but Councilor Bonifacio Militar stopped him and stressed that there is no need to read the letter in public since it is basically addressed only to Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, who was on official business.

Monteverde, on the other hand, explained that he thought it appropriate to read the letter in order to fill up the vacancies.

The Council accepted Bonguyan’s resignation and later proceeded with the election.

"Kung naay vacancy, there is a need to fill it up," Monteverde said in an interview.

Hence, the new chairman for committee on information and communication is Councilor Nilo Abellera Jr., vice chairman for committee on social services is Councilor Leonardo Avila.

Elected member of committee on women, children and family relations is Mabel Sunga Acosta, for youth and sports is Edgar Ibuyan Sr., while for publication is Jimmy Dureza.

"You do not really need to be a chair or vice chair or a member of any committee to be a councilor kay as a city councilor man gud, you can stand during the session. You can deliberate and you can alter a proposed resolution. Dili na kinahanglan (It's not necessary)," Monteverde said.

Meanwhile, the media was restricted from having a copy of Bonguyan's letter.

Efforts to reach Bonguyan and get her official statement proved futile.

Bonguyan, during her first term as the city councilor and as chairperson for committee on ICT, authored an amended ordinance regulating the operation and services of Internet cafes in the city.

Under the amended ordinance, Internet cafes are required to secure a business permit and clearance required by the local government unit to operate.

The amended ordinance was approved on final reading on November 6, 2012.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on January 29, 2014.

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