Lumad rep to SP to take oath on April 27

VICE Mayor Bernard Al-ag announced that the newly selected Indigenous Peoples’ Mandatory Representative (IPMR) will take her oath of office on April 27.“We are now waiting for Councilor Bae Cherry Ann Ortiz-Codilla’s certificate of affirmation”, Al-ag said.

Al-ag added that “since her oath-taking is scheduled on April 27, I am expecting on May 8 she will already join our session.”

Codillia, a 31-year-old registered nurse and a member of Bagobo-Klata tribe, was elected as the new IPMR after she won in the selection process held at the Almacen compound in Catalunan Pequeño on April 12.

Codilla garnered 241 votes from 431 members of Talaukom or the tribe’s Council of Elders, while her other four competitors, Bae Jane Lopez-Banzon got 86 votes, Datu Camilo Bancas got 71, Datu Rosalito Anog received 33, and Datu Marcelino Betil got five votes.

The selection process, organized by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), was conducted based on their customary law where members of Talaukom placed their sticks on each of the Lob-bha (basket) bearing the pictures of the candidates.

Codilla replaced outgoing Halila Sudagar of the Kagan tribe whose term expired yesterday, April 18.

Al-ag, meanwhile, also said that they will give chairmanship on vacated committees for Councilor Carmelo Clarion on May. Clarion stepped into the vacated council seat left behind by Al-ag who succeeded as vice mayor after Paolo Duterte’s resignation last Dec. 25.

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