Vice guv fires back at critics questioning integrity of Aklan SP

PHOTO CAPTION: Aklan vice-governor Reynaldo Quimpo is not backing down against criticisms casting doubts on the Sangguniang Panlalawigan’s honor./iNEWS

KALIBO, Aklan– Aklan vice-governor Reynaldo Quimpo is hitting back at the critics who had questioned the role of Aklan Sangguniang Panlalawigan members, in particular at some individuals who assailed their authority, integrity, and competence to review municipal ordinances.

Quimpo dismissed the judgments accusing the Aklan SP of delaying tactics in reviewing the ordinance ratifying the loan borrowings of LGU Kalibo with a government bank as “completely baseless”.

“This is the first time since 2016, when I assumed office as vice-governor, that some sectors are questioning how we tackled the Kalibo ordinance. When we asked for supporting documents from LGU Kalibo, some sectors took a defensive stance, and questioned our actions,” he said.

The vice-governor stressed critics sorely missed the point why the Aklan SP requires local government units to submit supporting documents of their approved ordinances and resolutions.

“We have the obligation to ask for documents from local government units, not only LGU Kalibo, to guide the board members in their review. There was no delay; we are on time. The due diligence of Aklan SP seeks for sufficient information for review within the 30 days period after receiving copies of approved ordinances,” he added.

Last April 20, 2021, the Aklan SP received a copy of Ordinance No. 2021-031, which was subsequently calendared during the regular session on April 26, 2021.

Thereafter, the joint committees of laws and appropriations conducted committee hearings on May 3, 11, and 14.

Last Friday, the joint committees declared the ordinance valid but excluded the P60.876 million package to purchase the proposed relocation site with an area of 5,359 square meters from the P691.322 million loan borrowings.

“Why include the government loan package this year to purchase the lot when a deed of absolute sale was already executed in 2020? This is supposed to be a 2020 transaction of Kalibo and should have been obligated last year,” the vice governor said.

The majority of the members of the Sangguniang Bayan revoked on April 14, 2021, through Resolution No. 2021-676 the authority given to Mayor Emerson Lachica to sign a deed of sale for the purchase of the lot as a temporary relocation site for Kalibo public market vendors.

Lachica admitted in his veto reply to Sangguniang Bayan on April 23, 2021, that he signed a deed of absolute sale on January 27, 2020, to purchase the lot in Brgy. Andagaw.

WHERE IS THE DEED OF ABSOLUTE SALE?

For her part, Kalibo vice mayor Cynthia Dela Cruz has asked the mayor to furnish the Sangguniang Bayan with copies of the deed of absolute sale.

A legislative council resolution was also passed on May 3, 2021, asking Mayor Lachica for a deed of sale executed between him and the seller of the Andagaw property.

“The council is now in quandary as to how the deed of absolute sale has been perfected and executed since the budget for the payment of the lot will obviously come from the Term Loan Agreements,” the resolution read. (Boy Ryan Zabal/iNEWS-Aklan/Boracay Bureau)

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