Newly-installed Davao City vice mayor Bernard Al-ag has expressed his commitment to continue all the programs of resigned Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte when he took his oath as Davao City vice mayor on Wednesday afternoon before Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.
Al-ag said continuing the programs of the resigned vice mayor will be his first commitment.
He said he will continue to retain the name of the media forum Pulong-Pulong ni Pulong which is held every Tuesday, preceding the start of the City Council regular session.
“Expect a strong support from the City Council to all the programs of the Mayor Sara Duterte through legislative measure,” Al-ag said after the oath-taking
He also vowed “to engage more with the public by giving easy access to the information of the city council and strengthen our online presence.”
Al-ag said that he is ready to work and to make sure that the City Council will do its mandate.
He said that he will meet with the staff of then vice mayor Paolo Duterte and discuss where they will be assigned.
Councilor Al-ag succeeded the position as vice mayor by virtue of Section 44 of R.A. 7160 (Local Government Code of 1991) that spells out the rule on succession.
He garnered the highest number of votes for city councilors in the 2016 election, thus enabling him to succeed the vice mayoral post.
Meanwhile, members of Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod, have yet to decide whom they would pick to replace the vacated position in city councilor due to the succession.
“My post as a city councilor will remain vacant until there will be a new councilor that will be appointed by the President,” Al-ag said.
Al-ag also noted that replacing a councilor is not a first time incident in Davao City. He cited the untimely death of Leonardo Avila III who was replaced by his wife Lori Avila.
The party will recommend to President Duterte its choice as the new city councilor.