By Elmer James Bandol
LEGAZPI CITY (24-Jan-12) – It was about time for lunch today when all Board Members, present during the 73rd regular session of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Albay at the provincial capitol here, were given the penultimate aide memoire by Vice-Gov. Harold O. Imperial that benefits will be suspended for those who will be always late, absent and non-partakers to discussions.
The capitol wall clock hit 12:25 PM when Imperial, as presiding officer, told his last piece: “If this behaviour continues, I have the option to exercise my power to sanction those concerned in accordance with law, privileges and benefits may be suspended”.
Imperial’s computer generated message read at the closing of the session came as surprise after the committee reports and other matters were presented and discussed by the attending Board Members who used power point presentation as “paperless” method in action.
The reminder to his fellow capitol legislators came to heels following the failed regular session last Jan. 17, 2012, whereby only seven Board Members were present and the presider has to suspend it shortly to accommodate late comers, however, the said session was finally adjourned for lack of quorum.
He told them: “For the past months, it has been noted that several members of this august body have habitually failed to come on time and some even failed to appear at all during our regular sessions”.
“One of the main duties, as member of this august body, is not only attendance to sessions but also active participation in our intellectual discussions as we pass important and useful legislation”, Imperial ardently said.
He also insisted to keep their oath not only to the Sanggunian but also to the people of Albay who believed, as elected officials, who will serve as their own voice in the government. “ I enjoin everyone, to regularly participate in this essential mandate”, he added.
According to Imperial, the wrong behaviour showed by the legislators has affected the performance of the Sanggunian as a collegial body and will embarrassed the hard working Gov. Joey S. Salceda who showed dedication to his duty as chief executive.
He also said his message will not chastise anyone except to remind them to act according to the dictate of their conscience, learn to accept criticisms and use them as good examples to their constituents. BicolToday.com