Gam­boa ex­plains stand on P2.52-B bud­get

Sun Star Bacolod - - Top Stories - BY CARLA N. CAÑET

BA­COLOD City Coun­cilor Wilson Gam­boa, Jr. yes­ter­day ex­plained why he ab­stained from vot­ing in the P2.52 bil­lion gen­eral fund bud­get of Ba­colod City for 2019.

He de­scribed the pas­sage of the said bud­get on De­cem­ber 3 as plagued with unan­swered ques­tions and a dis­play of dis­honor to the Sang­gu­ni­ang Pan­lung­sod’s in­ter­nal rules, thus, he ab­stained from vot­ing for its pas­sage.

Gam­boa was the lone mem­ber of the coun­cil who “ab­stained” from vot­ing while 11 Coun­cilors voted in fa­vor of its ap­proval

Coun­cilors Clau­dio Puentevella and Ri­cardo Tan were not able to cast their vote be­cause they were on of­fi­cial leave.

He stressed that the SP agenda for the Novem­ber 26, 2018 reg­u­lar ses­sion which in­cluded the 2019 Gen­eral Fund Bud­get was re­ceived by his of­fice at 2:30 pm or 30 min­utes be­fore the 3 pm sched­uled ses­sion.

This is against the SP in­ter­nal rules, he said.

This was the rea­son why Coun­cilors Puentevella and Dindo Ramos went on fist fight last Septem­ber 12 as the ma­jor­ity of the SP mem­bers failed to fol­low the in­ter­nal rules for as long as it will work in their fa­vor, he said.

“I man­i­fested a neg­a­tive vote when the SP passed the bud­get on sec­ond read­ing last Novem­ber 26 be­cause I was not able to par­tic­i­pate in the dis­cus­sion. I like­wise pleaded for an ex­ten­sion

of the dis­cus­sion on sec­ond read­ing as I will be clar­i­fy­ing on some of the items...but they never heeded my call,” he said.

Gam­boa re­it­er­ated it is im­por­tant for the coun­cilors to ex­er­cise their par­lia­men­tary rights to ask ques­tions and be clar­i­fied as this will lead them to the right and wise de­ci­sion in the ap­proval of the 2019 bud­get.

He also said it is in­cum­bent and im­per­a­tive on him as a city coun­cilor to be care­ful, pru­dent and wise be­cause “we are just mere stew­ard of the peo­ple’s money which were en­trusted to us by the peo­ple of Ba­colod.”*

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