Gavinas out before SP approval of state ofcalamityMEASURE

jan 13-19, 2011

Lagunzad tags, jokes Talaingod resolution as “fake”

By Cha Monforte

Two Gavinas, mother and son, of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Davao del Norte skipped last Monday’s session at the peak of the jovial deliberation of the measure declaring a state of calamity in the province.

Their going out lost two good votes and appeared to have treated insignificant the pending measure.

When the voting on the measure was over, what was net were 9 “yes” votes, just enough to have 2/3 votes of the 13-member provincial board to make the declaration valid and legal.

There were remaining 10 SP members  during the time of the voting on the measure that had been debated on plenary and suspended rules on so happy mood by several boardmembers.

But Boardmember  Ely Dacalus of Panabo abstained from voting, while Boardmember Janet Gavina and PCL representative Janrey Gavina separately went out  as the boardmembers were discussing the measure while among them were visibly on the streak of laughing out loud and of cracking jokes to each other.

Presiding Vice Governor Victorio “Baby” Suaybaguio Jr  visibly subdued himself not to join the happy mood in steering the session.

Resolution 021 declaring the state of calamity in Davao del Norte province was filed to the SP in view of the devastation wrought by the recent flood due to continuous heavy rains in the first week of January which hit 6 local government units, three of which – Sto. Tomas, New Corella and Talaingod were earlier declared by their respective legislative councils to be under the state of calamity.

Boardmember Raymond Joey Millan had asked for copies of the LGU ordinances declaring the state of emergency causing a lengthy recess and – delay of the approval of the provincial measure. 

He said the original resolutions of the LGUs were needed as requirement for the approval of the provincial measure.

Boardmember Antonio Lagunzad happily tagged the Talaingod resolution, which was unsigned, as “this might be fake”. 

Boardmember Dacalus said that the resolutions should be in the SP possession as “we might be violating our own rules and procedures.”

The provincial measure was put under the unassigned business so it could pass the requirements of second and third readings.

Only the New Corella resolution was reportedly received to be in order.

Lagunzad though backtracked from his earlier statement saying, “I was only making a joke.”

The Sto. Tomas resolution was not seen but floorleader Boardmember Daniel Lu attested that there was such resolution.

On Lu’s verbal attestation, the provincial measure declaring the province under the state of calamity was approved anyway.

After the session, in an interview SP secretary Dennis Dean Castillo said that the two Gavinas went out as they have “official business” to attend to. He said he was earlier informed by them, “they have official call” showing his cellphone to the Valley & City Chronicle.

But other sources said that the Gavinas might have walked out to snub Boardmember Lu’s bid to put his hometown Sto. Tomas under the state of calamity because the Gavinas obtained “small number of votes” from the town during the last May 2010 elections. (cha monforte)

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