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House panel endorses amendments to Valenzuela City charter to clarify succession of power in case of vacancy

By Billy Begas

The House Committee on Local Government has endorsed for plenary approval the proposal seeking to provide a clear succession of power in case a vacancy occurs in the position of mayor or vice mayor in Valenzuela City.

A Committee report 174 and a copy of House Bill 6157 were transmitted to the plenary by the committee led by Valenzuela Rep. Rex Gatchalian.

Under the measure, in case a permanent vacancy occurs in the position of mayor the vice mayor will succeed as the mayor.

If a vacancy occurs in the position of vice mayor, the highest ranking Sangguniang Panlungsod member will succeed.

If there is a tie in the highest number of votes garnered in the recent election of the Sangguniang Panlungsod members, there will be a drawing of lots to determine the winner.

The successors shall serve only for the unexpired terms of their predecessors.