Capi­tol of­fi­cials bicker over par­lia­men­tary pro­ce­dure

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - News - By Al­wen Salir­ing

The Misamis Ori­en­tal pro­vin­cial board is propos­ing, through a res­o­lu­tion, to au­tho­rize Govenor Yevgeny Emano to ne­go­ti­ate with gov­ern­ment banks for pos­si­ble loan agree­ments as the capi­tol claims it is al­lowed to bor­row as much as P2.4 bil­lion.

But, prior to re­fer­ring the res­o­lu­tion to the com­mit­tee on ways and means, some mem­bers of the leg­isla­tive body in­clud­ing pre­sid­ing of­fi­cer vice gover­nor Joey Pe­laez were fig­ured in heated ar­gu­ments on par­lia­men­tary pro­ce­dure.

Board mem­ber Pres­i­dent Elipe said Pe­laez op­poses the res­o­lu­tion au­thored by Wyn Mil­i­tante be­cause the en­dorse­ment does not come from him and that the mat­ter was un­timely be­cause the elec­tions is ap­proach­ing.

“Dili niya (Pe­laez) aproba­han sa first read­ing kay ki­na­hanglan siya kuno maghimo sa re­fer­ral. I beg to dis­agree. Ikaduhang bikil dili siya mo­sugot kay apiki kuno sa pana­hon kay elec­tions,” Elipe said.

“Ang style man gud sa SP (Sang­gu­ni­ang Pan­lalaw­igan) kung naay su­lat or re­quest from the gover­nor it will go first to the vice gover­nor unya siya dayon mag-re­fer sa unsa nga com­mit­tee ang mo­tuki,” he added.

Elipe said he has no prob­lem with Pe­laz re­fer­ring mat­ters to com­mit­tees but he also em­pha­sized that any mem­ber of the board could still raise a res­o­lu­tion and have it ap­proved in the first read­ing.

He said it ap­pears to him that the pre­sid­ing of­fi­cer wants to “kill” the res­o­lu­tion be­fore it could be sub­jected to dis­cus­sions and de­lib­er­a­tions in the sec­ond read­ing.

Elipe ex­plained that res­o­lu­tions sub­ject for ap­proval in the first read­ing only in­clude read­ing of the ti­tle. Dis­cus­sions will only hap­pen in the sec­ond and third read­ing un­til the body de­cides to ap­prove or deny the res­o­lu­tion.

“It is the right of any mem­ber. I don’t want the vice gover­nor to tram­ple the right of board Mil­i­tante and he has to act on the mo­tion,” Elipe said.

“His authority to re­fer the mat­ter to com­mit­tees is not ab­so­lute kay any­body for that mat­ter has the right to come up with a res­o­lu­tion and have it ap­proved for the first read­ing dili lang kana ex­clu­sive sa vice gover­nor lang,” he added.

The res­o­lu­tion is now re­ferred to the fi­nance com­mit­tee af­ter the body di­vided the house and vote.

Elipe claimed that the re­quest of the ex­ec­u­tive branch was submitted to

the of­fice of the vice gover­nor last April 2017, but it was not acted upon.

“That is why nag fol­low-up si board Mil­i­tante through this res­o­lu­tion,”he said.

Elipe re­it­er­ated that the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment is not bor­row­ing P2.4 bil­lion and he said Mil­i­tante’s res­o­lu­tion is only giv­ing the gover­nor the authority to ne­go­ti­ate with gov­ern­ment banks for a pos­si­ble loan deals since it has the ca­pac­ity to bor­row as much as P2.4 bil­lion.

He said the loan agree­ment will still go back to the pro­vin­cial board and this time projects and pro­grams are al­ready iden­ti­fied and in­cor­po­rated and it is up for ap­proval through an or­di­nance.

“Dili P2.4 bil­lion ang utan­gon. What the lo­cal fi­nance is say­ing is ang atong ca­pac­ity is P2.4 bil­lion but it doesn’t mean atong utan­gon is P2.4 bil­lion we are just es­tab­lish­ing the line,” Elipe said.

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