By Mortz C. Ortigoza
LINGAYEN – The president of the League of Barangays - Pangasinan Chapter in the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (provincial board) said that the leadership of national league of barangays will be the one to call an election for the presidency of the League of Barangay in the town of Binmaley.
|League’s president and ex-oficio Board Member |
Amado T. Espino III (extreme left).
League’s president and ex-oficio Board Member Amado T. Espino III cited his discussion with league’s counsel lawyer Nimrod Camba who told him that the provincial league waits for the imprimatur of the national league because the implementing body for the election in Binmaley would still be the provincial league.
The stand off of who would be the legitimate village league president in Binmaley ensued after acting Liga President lawyer Arsenio Merrera questioned the legality of the election for the presidency in November 9, 2013 of Balogo Barangay Chairman Douglas de los Angeles.
Merrera still seat as the ex-officio member of the Sangguniang Bayan (town council) after the national league revoked the election of delos Angeles and favored Merrera to act as hold-over president after the latter complained in Manila.
Merrera cited that delos Angeles could not be the lawful president even as he garnered majority of the votes of the 33 village chiefs in the town as he bypassed him as acting president to call for the meetings and the election proper in patent violation of the Code of the Liga ng Barangays. He said even the representatives from the Department of Education, DILG, Commission on Election, and the Non-Government Organization did not sign the election canvass after delos Angeles and officers win in that election.
Board Member Espino said that de los Angeles voted for the new set of the provincial league officials in December 18, 20913 held at the Pangasinan Training Center in Lingayen, Pangasinan.
Espino ran unopposed as president in that poll.
“Ang nangyari noon naka-boto si Douglas (de los Angeles) noong election after sa voting, nalaman natin na na revoked,” he stressed.
Before the advice from the national league how to handle the row in Binmaley, Espino said he and Camba considered the case there as mind-boggling.
Meanwhile, Espino met lately with the officials of the provincial league where they discussed the processes of the fund raising for burial and medical assistances of village officials in the towns in the huge province.
He said his administration will continue giving P20 thousand per burial as traditionally practiced by his predecessor now Bautista Mayor Amadeo Espino – his uncle.