At around 2:12 p.m. or 12 minutes after the start of the regular session of the Davao del Norte Sangguniang Panlalawigan Monday afternoon, Board Member Roy Catalan was seen skipping the session.
He went out in haste while talking with someone in his cellphone, and off- he vanished as soon as his government-issued pickup car fetched him at the center door of the SP Legislative Building in Capitol.
He skipped after his name was called in the roll call made by the SP secretary Dean Castillo.
This reporter tried to contact Catalan’s legislative staffer in his office to know the reason of the board member’s skipping of the session but its door was locked.
His staffer went with him.
Catalan has been observed to be doing that for several times already since he assumed post in July 1, 2016.
Under the SP’s internal rules of procedure, an SP member can excused himself from ongoing session on valid grounds after a nod of the vice governor.
Catalan is a political liason officer of 2nd District Cong. Tonyboy Floirendo, while Allan Lagumbay is the acting chief of staff of the congressman, said a personnel of the Igacos congressional extension office.
The congressman has a running bad rift with 1st District Cong. and Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. (mindanaosunchronicle.com/Cha Monforte)