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  • Writer's pictureKristel Cawas-Baruzo

‘If elected, I shall summon the mayor for matters sensitive to the public’ - VM candidate Bal-o

Tabuk City, Kalinga - “Kayat ko nga ipaayab to a ni apo mayor, dagitoy maselan kuma nga diskutir na nga mang-apektar (wenno) dakkel ti apektar na iti publiko,” answered Tabuk City Vice Mayor-aspirant Attorney Dick Bal-o when a student asked him if he is willing to collaborate with the incoming elected chief executive regardless of personal differences.

The question came during the 2nd day of the Voter's Education and Media Forum conducted by the COMELEC and the City Public Information Office (CPIO) on April 06, 2022.

Bal-o said that in order to avoid doubt and misunderstanding, he shall summon the mayor to attend council meetings to discuss matters, especially concerns that have a great impact on the public.

“’Nu mabalin a ket umay ka ti mismo nga meetingan mi, ta idtoy tayo nga heart to heart nga tungtungen’ tapnu kasta ket maikkat ti suspetsa, maikkat dagiti haan tayo nga pagkikinnaawatan. Otherwise, dakami nga council to, dakamin (ti) mapan idiay office da tapnu dagiay haan mi nga ammo nga dapat nga i-klaro, ta (audible) wenno isaludsod mi,” Bal-o explained.

“Ket nu la ketdi masungbatan ket adda pagsabatan na nga talaga pagsayaatan iti publiko, ket apay ngay haan tayo nga agtinnulong,” he continued.

Both the City Executive and Legislative Department Head have had misunderstandings since 2019 that caused many issues and delays.

The question: “If you will win as Vice Mayor, are you willing to set aside personal issues, grudges, unfinished businesses to work with whoever will win as mayor and to prioritize the needs for development and improvement of the city than to pursue advancement in our political career? How will you help the city mayor?”

Bal-o said that being in the Tabuk Legislative for 12 years, his learning “a lot from the past administration ken daytoy madama nga administration” gives him confidence that he is capable of balancing the situation between public interest if he wins the May 09 polls.

He added that he shall try his best to coordinate and see to it that the programs of the executive are well-supported by the office of the city council.

“Ta ammo yo met, co-equal ken independent iti executive ken office of the city council nga haan na kayat nga saowen nga awan ti coordination. Dapat isu dayta diay kuna da nga kanayon nga adda ti consultation,” he said.

He made clear that the city council never wants to quarrel with the executive saying “partner dapat iti opisina ti mayor ti city council”.


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