La Trinidad IP rep steps down

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OUT­GO­ING La Trinidad In­dige­nous Peo­ples Manda­tory Rep­re­sen­ta­tive (IPMR) Marcelo Abela said he is will­ing to va­cate his post de­spite his pe­ti­tions against his suc­ces­sor, Pen­don Thomp­son.

Abella’s three-year term ended Oc­to­ber 8 in ac­cor­dance with the cer­tifi­cate of af­fir­ma­tion by Na­tional Com­mis­sion on In­dige­nous Peo­ples (NCIP).

The spat be­tween the two IP lead­ers have left the lo­cal coun­cil ap­pre­hen­sive “We were afraid on what may hap­pen, we were afraid that there would be no peaceful tran­si­tion,” Coun­cilor Nestor Fong­wan Jr said.

Thomp­son has yet to take over in the reg­u­lar lo­cal coun­cil ses­sion as he awaits for the NCIP to re-

lease the cer­tifi­cate of af­fir­ma­tion.

La Trinidad In­dige­nous Peo­ple Or­ga­ni­za­tion (LTIPO) ad­viser Ricto Alawas with elders have asked Abela to with­draw his pe­ti­tion against Thomp­son for the ben­e­fit of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

Abela, how­ever, stands firm “I wrote the di­rec­tor be­cause it seems that I was never con­sulted when they con­ducted that se­lec­tion even prior to that one.”

Abela also re­minded the coun­cil he has not fully re­ceived salaries due him for 2014 and the en­tire 2015 “This mat­ter has been re­ferred sev­eral times to some com­mit­tees of the SB but there is no tan­gi­ble or ac­cept­able re­port that ever came out up to this date, so that the is­sue is still hang­ing and un­re­solved.”

Vice-Mayor Joey Mar­rero said Thomp­son can­not as­sume his po­si­tion be­cause of the lack of doc­u­ments although they have al­lowed him to sit-in at the of­fice to fa­mil­iar­ize him­self with the leg­isla­tive pro­cesses.

Mar­rero said the cus­tom­ary prac­tice of ‘tong­ton­gan’ will be ap­plied in a bid to set­tle the im­passe.

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