The dare to make a resolution for the provincial board to act was not accepted by a board member who made a privilege speech supporting President Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao.
The dare was hurled by Board Member Joey Millan to FABC representative Mike Niez, who upon suggestion of the former he was just expressing his support to the current martial than leading to make a motion for a resolution of the body supporting the martial law.
“It depends on this body as collegial body… I just avail of the privilege granted to us as provincial legislators,” Niez said.
He was as though seen dropping the proposal like a hot potato on the floor as he was literally making it a “laughing matter” when he was seen always smiling and laughing when he was interpellated by colleagues following his privilege speech on the Sangguniang Panlalawigan session Monday afternoon.
Interpellating board members except Board Member Alfredo “Ticque” De Veyra III gamely asked questions to Niez.
De Veyra seriously asked for clarification while Board Members Frank Remitar and Millan were seen chuckling in between their interpellations.
Remitar asked if drug pushers and druglords could be arrested without warrant of arrest during this time or those only charged with rebellion, Niez answered yes for the latter only.
Niez was rebutted by Millan, a lawyer, who said that he seemed to be contradictory in his written privilege speech vis-a-vis his answers to Remitar’s question.
He said he totally agreed with Niez that after martial law declaration the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus followed, while Niez was contradictory in saying there is “automatic suspension” of the writ if martial law is declared.
Niez two sessions ago made a privilege speech supporting the controversial Tadeco-BuCor Joint Venture Agreement resulting to the putting of the matter for hearing by the SP’s committee of the whole.
He was entasked to substantiate and produce documentary evidences his claim that the JVA is not disadvantageous to the government as propounded by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, who wants it cancelled.
Board Member Shirley Belen Aala presided the session as Vice Gov. Alan Dujali assumed as the acting governor in view of the absence of Gov. Anthony del Rosario.
Senior Board Member Rodolfo “Rodney” del Rosario, brother of the governor, was absent during the session as he is “travelling in Europe” after the board members attended their liga’s affair in Manila last week, Board Member Vicente “Enting” Eliot said in a chance interview. (mindanaosunchronicle.com/Cha Monforte)