Davao del Norte Vice Governor Alan “Aldo” Dujali said that the developing consensus of provincial board members is for FABC representative Miguel Niez to substantiate the Tadeco-BuCor Joint Venture Agreement with evidences.
In an interview, the vice governor said that Niez has to substantiate the JVA if he wanted a resolution from the province submitted to Congress.
Vice Gov. Dujali also said that Niez promised to bring his supporting documents to Tadeco-BuCor JVA this week before the committee of the whole would deliberate the matter.
Niez, provincial representative of the Federation of the Association of Barangay Councils, brought the JVA to the SP in his privilege speech during the session last week.
Niez, a former vice president of Tadeco, took the rostrum last week and lengthily voiced the merits of the JVA taking Tadeco’s position as he asked fellow board members for a resolution supporting it.
Niez apparently echoed the official position paper of Tadeco as published in national and local newspapers citing millions and billions of pesos of shares, taxes and economic contributions of the JVA and Tadeco, for which Niez has to substantiate now with documentary proofs and evidences.
He moved that his resolution be first referred to either the committee on laws or committee on agriculture.
But Board Member Roy Catalan opposed and wanted the matter referred to the committee of the whole.
Later, after a closed-door executive session, Niez withdrew his motion in favor to the committee of the whole, which is being presided by the vice governor.
Catalan is a political liaison officer of 2nd District Cong. Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo, Jr.
A reliable source from the camp of Speaker Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez said that the Speaker does not like the idea of provincial officials going to support the allegedly onerous JVA even while his cases against Floirendo were already filed at the Ombudsman and a joint committee in Congress is currently investigating the JVA deal, which he wants cancelled.
In separate interview, Niez said that he just made a privilege speech on the Tadeco-BuCor JVA and the matter is “now at the hands of the committee of the whole presided by the vice governor.” (mindanaosunchronicle.com/Cha Monforte)