Questions raised over close door confirmation hearing of Sorsogon City Administrator

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(From L-R) Vice Mayor Ma. Charo Dichoso, Atty. Cesar Balmaceda (Nominee for City Administrator) and Councilor Joven Laura, Chairman Committee on Good Government. BICOLTODAY.COM PHOTO / Facebook Photo
(From L-R) Vice Mayor Ma. Charo Dichoso, Atty. Cesar Balmaceda (Nominee for City Administrator) and Councilor Joven Laura, Chairman Committee on Good Government. BICOLTODAY.COM PHOTO / Facebook Photo

Marginal Note
Felix ‘Boy’ Espineda, Jr.
BicolToday.com

Whoever is the nominee for a position of trust and confidence carries a responsibility not only to the appointing authority but to the general public. Maybe this is the intention of Section 16 of RA 7160 when the framers labeled it as “general welfare clause”. For its intent, the concurring authority may confirm or bypass a nominee for reasons that are not in accord with the principled position on line. It is always done in public for not only because there are grandstanders but the public ought to know the character of the person and how best he would deal with the task repose in the position.

Doing it close door can be done if the information to be divulged will undermine national security or in similar vein that the interest of the general public is at risk but never should it close its doors when the position involves the City Administrator. Taking it close door is one for the books.

Why close door gives me reason to think that horse trading between the council and the city leadership is an agenda, that there will be an offer hard to refuse beneficial to the interest of the collegial body handing the hearing perhaps. Or maybe the will to suppress information to benefit one patron is weighted heavily against the desire of the eighty thousand plus voters who gave their mandate expecting that they should be circumspect in their official actions. Reading simply circumspection is a way to be transparent.

I can deduce that subject is too hot to handle reason why the committee made it a point to do it as a committee of the whole, for a bypass by a negative committee report will put the appointing authority in a rough ride in administering city hall. If it is a political ploy because of the number games in the city council, then, the nominee will have to duck and parry every conceivable question that may include his stint as a provincial administrator. It will further rock the bottom of the city council for politics is a game that makes one insane. The option of the appointing authority is to issue an ad interim appointment, again subject to the same weighty discourse. It chicken out a person, especially if the nominee is perceive as unfit in a different light. If the nominee failed the needle eye of the collegial body, then the lead committee can wash its hands without a rinse of soap.

Wise move or whimsical, intelligent or downright independence may define the game.

But derailing the nomination because of political intramural is as odious as shit stored in the freezers of egotism, this is not a far scenario for one has the liberty to withdraw his nomination to plug the hole of authority and spare further the appointing authority for at the other end the beholders has the authority to flush him down the drain without regard to where he might end.

Don’t be puzzled here, this can be the scenario anytime when the nominee for City Administrator of Sorsogon City pass the needle eye of the fifth City Council who may act as if the old Senate of Rome.

[BicolToday.com/17July2013]

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