City council adjourns 41st session due to no quorum

MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News/ 30 November) – After 20 minutes of
waiting for other City Council members to arrive during their 41st
regular session on Nov 29, City Vice Mayor  Victor P. Aldeguer
adjourned the session after the motion by Councilor Melchor P.
Maramara, due to lack of quorum.

Out of thirteen members, only six were present during the session in
the persons of councilors George D. Damasco, Sr., Roland F. Deticio,
Jose Medardo F. Estaniel, Mya Analene Rosos Tenorio, Melchor P.
Maramara and Vice Mayor Aldeguer as the presiding officer.

Absent during the session were councilors Anthony Canuto G. Barroso,
Bob T. Casanova, Mishelle Caren Castilla, Lorenzo L. Dinlayan, Jr.,
Perla E. Rubio, Jay Warren R. Pabillaran, and Fernando O. Melendez.
When asked about their whereabouts, only the staff of Councilor Perla
Rubio said that she is sick while other staff did not give any
statement regarding their councilor’s schedule.

Councilors Jay Warren R. Pabillaran and Fernando O. Melendez came ten
minutes after the adjournment.

In an interview, Pabillaran commented that sometimes other members of
the City Council should observe flexible consideration since it is
often unavoidable on his part not to entertain visiting constituents
who come from far-flung barangays.

Pabillaran further said that if his colleagues had been patient enough
to wait for another ten minutes, quorum should have been possible and
they could have had the whole day to deliberate.

Supposed agenda to be deliberated is the Mindanao Rural Development
Program-Community Fund for Agricultural Development Projects and the
Proposed Annual Budget for CY 2012, among others.

This is the second time that the SP session was being adjourned due to
lack of quorum. Quorum is met with the attendance of majority of the
city council members. (Erlow Talatala)

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