Opposition bloc to continue ‘fiscalizer’ role in Rama admin, says dad

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A MEMBER of the Cebu City Council’s opposition bloc vowed to remain critical of the administration of Mayor Michael Rama, particularly on programs and projects promoted by his allies.

Cebu City Councilor Nestor Archival, who currently serves as minority floor leader, told reporters Tuesday, June 21, 2022, that despite lacking the numbers to hold a majority, their obligation to “check and balance” the programs and projects of Rama’s administration will remain.

“Being part of the minority, ang amoa gyud gi tan-aw is kinahanglan ta mo fiscalize. The more we will look into the projects nga angayan gyud tan-awon,” said Archival.

(We will have to fiscalize. The more we will look into the projects that really need our attention.)

Archival is a member of the opposition Bando Osmeña Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK).

During the May 9, 2022 elections, only four BOPK councilors namely Archival, incumbent Councilor Joy Augustus Young, newcomers Jose Abellanosa and returnee Mary Ann de los Santos were able to secure seats in the 19-member City Council.

Carbon Market deal

One project that they vowed to continue fiscalizing is the ongoing modernization of the Carbon Public Market.

Archival admitted that despite what they have done to question the city’s deal to modernize the Carbon Public Market, their opposition was overruled due to the majority’s numbers in the council.

Yet, Archival said, the opposition must express its concerns to find out if the project or program is for the greater good.

“Sometimes kung unsa imong i-sulti, tungod lagi kay sila ang majority, murag ma die out because of the votes,” Archival added.

The veteran city councilor said he and his fellow opposition bloc members were not expecting any committee chairmanships, especially since majority of Rama’s allies held the majority in the City Council.

“I do not really know. I cannot expect that. I just want to be able to always make suggestions the moment there are things that reach the City Council,” he said.

United

But Archival added that despite having fewer numbers, the minority bloc remains united.

Aside from Archival, Young, Abellanosa and de los Santos, ex-officio members Jessica Resch, who heads the city’s Sangguniang Kabataan Federation, and Association of Barangay Councils President Franklyn Ong are allied with BOPK.

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