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GenSan politikos clash over city transport woes

General Santos City Councilors Froebel Kan Balleque and Dominador Lagare, Jr. on Tuesday locked horns on the controversial ordinance regulating the operation of motorized tricycle-for-hire in the city.

During the city council’s regular session, Balleque in response to the clarifications sought by the City Public Safety Office (PSO) regarding some controversial provisions of Ordinance No. 31, Series of 2023, accused Lagare of “stubbornly’ refusing to understand the spirit of the measure.

“One cannot see an obvious thing, if he stubbornly refuses to see it. Madam Chair, this, in a nutshell, is the explanation why Kagawad Lagare deliberately raised questions via the Q&A in a certain session of ours, relative to the Revised Motorized Tricycle for Hire Franchising Guidelines Ordinance,” Balleque started his privilege hour.

Balleque also accused Lagare of trying to discredit his name by misleading the public regarding the passage of the ordinance.

“I’m taking the cudgel to answer the said questions. Pinapalabas ni Kagawad Lagare, paulit-ulit na ako lang ang gumawa ng Revised Guidelines. Paulit-ulit, ‘Balleque Ordinance’ para masira ako,” the lawmaker stressed.

“Umayos ka Kagawad Lagare, por pabor lang.”

In response, Lagare immediately took exception to Balleque’s statement.

“Madame President, there should be no threat in the Sangguniang Panlungsod. Umayos ka? Ikaw ang umayos diyan!”

Lagare also reminded Balleque that he cannot play innocent on the issue since he was among the authors of the ordinance.

“Kasama ang pangalan mo diyan eh. Don’t wash your hands. You tell the public that you are the author of Ordinance No. 31,” Lagare stressed.

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