No symbolic turnover of leadership in Paete due to conflict of schedule
Mutuk Bagabaldo was unable to turn over the symbolic key to the city to his successor and Paete’s new mayor Bokwet Cosico on the last day of his term.
In a Facebook post on Thursday, Bagabaldo said he received the key in 2013 and it symbolized the responsibilities he would have as local chief executive.
This year, he was unable to hand the key to Cosico as the latter was not at the turnover ceremony.
“Ngayong taon 2022 dahil hindi sumipot, di ko personal na maiaabot sa tamang pagkakataon na ibinigay ng batas ang simbolong SUSI sa papalit sa akin bilang Punong Bayan. May kautusan po na dapat sundin at ito naman talaga ang kalakaran noonpaman. Hanggang 12 noon ng June 30 po ang hangganan ng aking kapangyarihan bilang Mayor,” he said.
In his own Facebook page, Cosico gave advance notice that he would not be able to join the turnover ceremony set by Bagabaldo on June 30.
This was because he had already scheduled a mass and oath-taking on the same day and time, he said.
He said he earlier requested Bagabaldo for a meeting with the transition committee on June 21 so that documents could be turned over to him, but his request was not granted.
He only received the invitation for the turnover ceremony on June 27, he said.
“Ang turn over po ay mahabang proseso at maraming katanungan hindi po pwede na ito ay maganap lang sa loob ng 2 oras dahil marami po ako mga katanungan. Ang programa po sa June 30 ay hindi mababago sapagkat ako po ay naniniwala na ang Diyos higit sa lahat ang dapat natin unahin kaysa anupaman. Ito po ay kapaliwanagan lamang upang malaman ang katotohanan,” he said.
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