BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO
Winning candidates of Grupo Progreso led by Bacolod Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran took their oath of office yesterday before Regional Trial Court Judge Raymond Javier of Branch 52.
Joining Familiaran were re-elected Councilors Renecito Novero, Cindy Rojas, Em Ang and Israel Salanga.
All winning GP candidates served as frontliners in the fight against COVlD-19 and are on their third and last term except for Salanga who is serving his second term.
Familiaran yesterday said that as presiding officer, he sees no problem handling the Sangguiang Panlungsod since they are all responsible elected officials.
The SP will be there for any legislative measure needed by the executive branch, he said.
Familiaran said he has provided the SP members advanced copies of their existing internal rules for review. They are given 90 days to update it.
Novero, the current floor leader and the only lawyer in the incoming set of SP, said the committee assignments will depend on the majority members of the SP. However, he has no problem with that since he is a very cooperative person as long as the measures to be presented will be good for the people.
“But if l see anything legally or morally objectionable and not practical then l will most likely be against them. So, generally, l will go along with whatever is good and not support anything that is bad,” he said.
Novero recalled that when he was vice mayor in 2004 and they constituted the majority during the incumbency of Mayor Evelio Leonardia, they were gracious with the minority party members and gave them the committee assignments they wanted except for the Committee on Appropriations. He ran under former Luzviminda Valdez at that time.*