FRONTPAGE
Factions hold separate oaths


Unlike in 2013, provincial, city and municipal winning officials took their oaths of office in two major and separate events, Thursday, highlighting the seemingly irreconcilable fissures that divided Negros Oriental’s political leadership during the May 9 elections.

Re-elected Governor Roel Degamo and his allies mainly took their oaths of office before RTC Executive Judge Gerardo A. Paguio Jr. at the convention center while the camp of Vice Governor Mark Macias inaugurals were held at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan session hall before Judge Cenon Voltaire B. Repollo of RTC Branch 38.

The joint inauguration envisioned by the provincial government did not materialize, even if all 25 cities and towns were officially invited. Many of the other elected officials took their oaths ahead or separate of the Capitol event. SP members Kit Marc Adanza and Atty. Arturo Umbac have taken their oath before another magistrate but still showed up for Degamo.

Nevertheless, there was no doubt that it was Degamo’s moment amid the turbulent past weeks as he renewed his commitment to serve the poorest of the poor and the marginalized.

Degamo was joined by 44 allied mayors of Basay, Siaton, Dauin, San Jose, Pamplona, and Ayungon; the vice-mayors of Manjuyod and Bindoy and their councilors, showed up in the convention center to underscore their full support to the re-elected governor who was briefly unseated by the Ombudsman.

Meanwhile, Second District Congressman Chiquiting Sagarbarria, SP Members Mariant Villegas, Jessica Villanueva, Georgita Martinez, James Reyes, Nilo Sayson, Rommel Erames and Atty. Edmund Dy joined Macias in taking their oaths of office.

Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Ipe Remollo, Vice-Mayor Franklin Esmeña and the City Councilors took their oaths together at the city session hall.

Another oath taking ceremony took place in Bayawan City for the mayors, vice-mayors and councilors of the 3rd District led by Congressman Arnie Teves.

The absence of some prominent provincial and local officials was palpable that Atty. Umbac pleaded for unity and peace among all officials so that the administration’s effort to improve the quality of life in Negros Oriental will be within reach.


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