Do­mo­gan de­nies block­ing Sinot in coun­cil

Sun.Star Baguio - - Front Page - Maria Elena Cata­jan Sun*Star Re­porter

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.

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