Domogan denies blocking Sinot in council
MAYOR Maurico Domogan quashed speculation he has a hand in the non-assumption of Roger Sinot as Indigenous People Mandatory Representative [IPMR] in the city council.
Domogan said there is also no truth in talks a majority of council members is opposing the embattled IPMR’s assumption because of ethic affiliations.
“This is an unfair accusation.”
The chief executive said the section process of Sinot must be looked into as well as his qualifications to sit as the IP representative of the entire city.
“The procedure in the selection should be
studied, is he a representative of the IP’s, we are not talking about just one tribe,” Domogan said.
Domogan also cited budgetary considerations as well as man power and office space to be considered for the inclusion of an IPMR in city hall.
Last year, over 300 gathered at the Avong Ibaloi Heritage Garden at Burnham Park, Friday for the selection of vacancy of the IPMR facilitated by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP).
Domogan has been firm in his stand that the process of selection has excluded other Indigenous Peoples confining the voting and selection to the Ibaloi group.
Recently, Ibaloi elders have endorsed Roger Sinot to the city council in a bid to assert his selection as Indigenous Peoples Representative.
The bid of Roger Sinot to occupy the IPMR seat in the local council was backed by Isabelo Cosalan Sr. Council of Elders of the Baguio Ancestral Land Claimnants, Evelyn Miranda, President of the Metro Baguio Tribal Elders and Leaders Assembly [MBTELA] with members Kathleen Okubo and Bong Suello who implored to allow Sinot to take his place in the august body.
The local council advised the elders to get the certificate of affirmation from the NCIP to finally fill the seat of IPMR for the city, the body declined to swear in Sinot without the papers.