Monday, June 22, 2009

Emano-Unabia tandem in Misor for 2010?

Executive Editor

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – A top official of Padayon Pilipino has confirmed to a national broadsheet reporter, in an exclusive interview, that he is considering of running for vice governor in tandem with Cagayan de Oro City vice mayor Vicente Emano, who is reportedly eyeing again a seat as governor of the province.

Emano and Unabia is expected to battle it out in the gubernatorial and vice-gubernatorial race with former allies and incumbent governor of the province Oscar Moreno and his vice governor Norris Babierra.

Meanwhile, it was also learned that incumbent Gingoog mayor Ruthie de Lara Guingona is also eyeing for a congressional seat in the first district of the province.

De lara is also expected to battle it out with Moreno’s brother, Onyok Moreno, who is reportedly going for his first appearance in politics. Other aspirants in the second district include Lawyer Karen Lagbas, daughter of the late Congressman Danilo Lagbas and Moreno’s close ally, contractor Jimmy Caiña.

The next elections, according to political analysts in the province and observers would be an epic battle of former members of Padayon Pilipino. Moreno and some members of Padayon Pilipino coalition has already severed ties with Emano, it was learned.

In Gingoog City, provincial board member Wayne Militante is also going for the mayoralty position. Militante is now in his third and final term as member of the provincial board.

Emano’s ally, provincial board member Jeremy Pelaez who is also in his last term, is running for mayor in Medina reportedly against a Moreno’s candidate.

Jobert Pamisa, who is now identified with Emano is also eyeing for his second term against the former mayor, Intot Puertas, it was learned.

However, there are also suspicions that this is only a ploy of vice mayor Emano since the election is still very far and many developments could still happen. Emano, according to critics, is noted to be mislead his rivals in politics. In fact, in the last elections, top officials of the opposition, were having a puzzle what position was Emano's final decision to run. At the last minute they found out it was to be a vice mayor and it was already too late for the opposition to regroup to give the political honcho a close battle.


Editorial: What's A Mayor to Do?
Monday, July 13, 2009

JUST over a month ago, the City Government’s executive branch made a big fuss by penalizing 70 employees in various offices for being late, absent or remiss in their duties.
On Tuesday, July 14, its legislative branch will have seen the 100th time its head, the vice mayor, absents himself to dodge his duty as its regular chairman/presiding officer.
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Since he is also the city’s second highest official, it would be interesting how the administration handles a high-ranking recidivist and habitual slacker.
It would also be instructive to see how a Mayor who prides himself in being a lawyer and constitutionalist enforces checks-and-balances between executive and legislative.
If the city council is remiss in disciplining a ranking member, what does a mayor do to check his misbehavior and restore balance to legislative processes? Should he nudge the Councilors into imposing sanctions so the miscreant will act responsibly?
Or does parliamentary courtesy inhibit him from checking his vice mayor’s wrongdoing? Surely he knows about his dereliction, leaving a co-equal branch of government leaderless.
One hundred absences out of 102 sessions amount to an absentee record of 99.9%. How would this record play to the 70 employees earlier penalized for lesser offenses? And how justify to the people?
Vice Mayor Vicente Y. Emano’s near-perfect dropout record means he hasn’t contributed an iota of thought, idea or wisdom to the collegial process of deliberating upon legislative motions or ordinances – as he was elected to do. And, let’s face it, it also means he is dishonest and an opportunist.
First, he sought election to a post whose primary duty he did not intend to perform. . Second, he publicly swore to perform it faithfully, then violated it at least 100 times.
Third, he concocts a patently false alibi to excuse his absence -- citing “official business of equal importance” that no one believes. Fourth, he collects full pay, allowances and benefits for tasks outside his job description, such as holding court in radio stations and rushing where breaking news enable him to grandstand and upstage the mayor.
Fifth, he abuses official privilege and misuses public facilities and personnel for year-round politicking and party recruitment seminars. And sixth, despite clear intent never to perform his presiding duty, he retains the position – preventing it from becoming vacant so that a qualified and honest person can assume it on a regular basis.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on July 13, 2009.

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