THE city council’s committee on laws and rules on Wednesday rejected opposition Councilor Zaldy Ocon’s proposal to declare Mayor Vicente Emano persona non grata.
Ocon’s proposal was thrown out despite the documents he brought with him to support the proposal before the committee chaired by Emano ally Councilor Mary-anne Enteria. The committee’s members include councilors Edgardo Cabanlas, Reynaldo Advincula and Jerico Goldmar Ebabacol, all closely identified with the mayor.
The committee declared the proposed resolution to be baseless.
The rejection would mean the proposal would not be endorsed by the committee for discussion in the plenary.
Cabanlas said the proposed resolution was unfair to Emano.
It was impossible because Emano is the city’s chief executive. "We can’t declare him (Emano) persona non grata because he has the immunity as ambassador of this city," Cabanlas said.
"How can we declare the chief executive persona non grata?" Enteria said.
Advincula said Ocon’s proposal was "unfair" to Cagayanons who voted to make Emano their mayor.
Ocon lashed at the committee, saying its members only showed the extent by which they were willing to defend Emano.
Without elaborating, he said the committee on rules ‘‘exploited the rules.’’
He said the move to reject his proposal was without basis.
Ocon said he would prusue a signature campaign in the city so the public would declare Emano persona non grata.
His proposal stemmed from Emano’s memorandum that prevented city hall’s department heads and employees from appearing in investigations without his green light. Ocon has long been accusing Emano of keeping the public in the dark in regard to city hall’s finances and multimillion-peso transactions.
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