MARCAIDA BACK IN CITY LEG­IS­LA­TURE

Palawan Daily News - - Front Page - By Kia Jo­hanna Lamo

Vice Mayor Luis Marcaida III is back as head of the Puerto Princesa City leg­is­la­ture, Oc­to­ber 8, 2018 af­ter the court re­leased him on bail.

He paid a visit to City Coun­cil Sec­re­tary, Atty. Philip Jerome Hi­lario, as he came back to his of­fice af­ter a year and a month of ab­sence.

VM Marcaida also said that he will re-as­sume as the pre­sid­ing of­fi­cer of the city coun­cil as it is in­cluded in his du­ties as the vice mayor. “Alam na­man natin na pre­sid­ing of­fi­cer ng Sang­gu­ni­ang Pan­lung­sod, kailan­gan natin gam­panan ang tungkulin na ‘yan.

Oth­er­wise I will be marked as ab­sent by the sec­re­tary dahil hindi na ako nakaku­long. Un­like dati na nakaku­long ako, may le­gal rea­sons, pero ngayon na naka-tem­po­rary bail tayo at tayo ay nasa labas, obli­gasyon ko na umat­tend ng ses­sion,” he said.

Marcaida also said that there will be no chaos be­tween him and the mayor Lu­cilo Bay­ron’s camp as he said that they have dif­fer­ent jobs and func­tions.

He added that he wanted to fo­cus only on his job af­ter be­ing ab­sent for more than a year.

“Sa ngayon, naka-fo­cus ako sa tra­baho muna kasi namiss ko yung tra­baho talaga. Wala na­man sig­urong magig­ing prob­lema kasi nasa ex­ec­u­tive si Mayor nasa leg­isla­tive ako, magkaiba kami ng tra­baho,” said Marcaida.

The vice mayor also said that it is guar­an­teed that he will per­form his du­ties as the vice mayor of the city, also promis­ing the peo­ple of Puerto Princesa that he will not bring chaos to the city. “Makakaasa sila na hindi

ako ay tu­tu­pad pa rin sa tungkulin ko bi­lang vice mayor, makakaasa silang walang masamang tina­pay na mang­ga­gal­ing sa akin, hindi ako magig­ing sanhi ng kag­u­luhan,” the vice mayor fur­ther said.

He said he learned the virtue of hu­mil­ity while in­car­cer­ated, and stated fur­ther that he be­lieves in the power of jus­tice in the coun­try. “Alam niyo, isa sa mga natu­tu­nan ko sa city jail, dati na­man tay­ong hum­ble eh, dati na­man tay­ong mapg­pakum­baba pero nung puma­sok ako sa city jail, mas lalo akong nag­ing mas ma­pag­pakum­baba eh.

Baga­mat vice mayor ako ng Puerto Princesa, pa­pa­sok ko ng city jail maram­ing vice mayor doon marami, merong mayor dun, marami kaya kailan­gan mo sumunod sa mga patakaran na pina­p­atu­pad ng bawat dorm at may patakarang pina­susunod ang BJMP, kaya isa sa mga natu­tu­nan ko doon, ay hu­mil­ity. May ka­song ki­naka­harap at pat­u­loy pa rin yan pero nanini­wala pa rin ako sa hus­tisya dito sa at­ing bansa,” he averted.

How­ever, around 10AM, on the same day, as the city’s reg­u­lar ses­sion be­gan, Marcaida’s as­sump­tion as the pre­sid­ing of­fi­cer sparked dis­cus­sion as coun­cilors ex­pressed their sen­ti­ments about Marcaida’s as­sump­tion. Coun­cilor Ne­sario Awat said that there is no le­gal ob­sta­cle to Marcaida’s as­sump­tion as pre­sid­ing of­fi­cer of the au­gust body as he said that it is given that Marcaida is the Vice mayor. “The pres­ence of VM Marcaida, he can now pre­side as the pre­sid­ing of­fi­cer of this coun­cil there will be no le­gal ob­sta­cle for him to pre­side, con­sid­er­ing that he is the vice mayor, “Awat ex­plained.

Nancy Socrates, act­ing vice mayor ex­plained dur­ing the ses­sion that she is only in the “act­ing ca­pac­ity” as the vice mayor dur­ing Marcaida’s ab­sence and has only been given the power to per­form what­ever the vice mayor does.

She clar­i­fied that she is not a full-fledge vice mayor and now that Marcaida is back in coun­cil, he can sit as the vice mayor al­ready. “The let­ter from the DILG al­lowed me ex­er­cise the power to ap­point, and dis­miss, ba­si­cally ev­ery­thing that the vice mayor does. But, that does not mean that I am a full-fledge vice mayor. Pi­naya­gan ako na gawin la­hat ng gi­na­gawa ng vice mayor pero ako ay still in an act­ing ca­pac­ity,” said Socrates.

Marcaida sat as the pre­sid­ing of­fi­cer and an­nounced that he is only as­sum­ing the post of vice mayor and not as the city mayor can­not per­fom both du­ties.

“Now that I am as­sum­ing the po­si­tion of vice mayor, I can not as­sume as the mayor of Puerto Princesa and at the same time as­sume the po­si­tion of vice mayor… If ever I as­sume to­day, I will as­sume as the pre­sid­ing of­fi­cer of the coun­cil that claims that I am as­sum­ing as the vice mayor or Puerto Princesa,” said Marcaida.

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