Talisay City council still holds sessions

Posted on April 23, 2010

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INCUMBENT Talisay City Vice Mayor Alan Bucao has denied allegations that some members of the city council were no longer attending the council’s regular sessions because of their busy campaign schedules.

But Bucao clarified in an interview that the city council only hold sessions when the order of business is approved by the majority.

“We can’t entertain an order of business without the approval of the majority,” Bucao told the Cebu Daily News in a telephone interview.

But he added that in accordance with the law, the council is still obliged to hold a session at least once a week.

Bucao said that some councilors still attend sessions despite being tired and exhausted from their campaigns.

Talisay city councilor Denis Basilote who’s running for reelection said that despite their busy campaign schedules, they haven’t cancelled any regular session of the council.

“It never happened that we have to cancel a session or intentionally not hold any at all,” said Basilote in Cebuano.

During the council’s last session, Basilote said two important ordinances were discussed with representatives from the various sectors concerned attending.

Both Bucao and Basilote are running for re-election under the Alayon- Nacionalista Party (NP) slate of 1st District Rep. Eduardo Gullas.

Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 7 Legal Officer Atty. Danilo Almendras has reminded incumbent officials who are running for reelection especially those in the city council to continue holding their regular session.

Almendras said that under the Local Government Code, it is mandatory for the city council to hold a session at least once a week. /INTERN CARMEL LOUISE MANTUS