32 RP councilors in
danger of losing seats
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – One
thorny issue relative to the High Court’s August 25, 2010 decision to
nullify the creation of some 16 cities in the country is the status of
two of the elected councilors in each city who were elected on May 10,
About 32 elected city
councilors are in danger of losing their seats as lawmakers after the
Supreme Court recently declared as unconstitutional the creation of 16
cities across the country.
In the case of Region
8, six councilors, two each from the cities of Baybay in Leyte,
Catbalogan in Samar and Borongan in Eastern Samar, may find themselves
out from their respective city councils because of the latest Supreme
eight councilors, while cities elect ten. The decision of the Supreme
Court came out nearly 9 weeks after the councilors have taken their
In a report, Baybay
City Mayor Carmen L. Cari blamed the Commission on Elections (Comelec)
central office in Manila for this problem.
Mayor Cari, a former
Leyte fifth district representative, and one of the principal authors
of the bill converting the 16 municipalities as new cities, said she
personally asked the opinion of the Comelec in Manila whether to have
only eight city councilors to be elected in the May 10 elections.
Ferdinand Rafanan, chief of the Legal Department of Comelec in
Intramuros, Manila insisted that it should be 10 councilors to be
elected since they are now cities.
Mayor Cari, it was
learned, had only 8 councilors in her slate when she filed her
Certificate of Candidacy. She had to look for two more candidates for
councilors when told that there must be ten councilors.
There are dissenting
opinions regarding the issue. Some opinion givers believe that since
the two have been given the mandate, they should stay.
Indeed, the 32
elected councilors from the 16 cities have not done anything wrong,
but the law is a law and it must always prevail.