By Billy Begas
The House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading the proposal amending the charter of Valenzuela City.
No one opposed the passage of House Bill 6157, which received 261 favorable votes.
The measure provides for the manner of determining the ranking of the members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod of the city for purposes of succession.
Under the bill, if a permanent vacancy occurs in the office of the mayor, the vice mayor shall become the city mayor.
If a permanent vacancy occurs in the office of city vice mayor, the highest ranking Sangguniang Panlungsod member, or in case of his permanent incapacity, the second highest ranking Sangguniang Panlungsod member shall become the city mayor or vice mayor, as the case may be.
Subsequent vacancies in the said officers shall be filled automatically by the other Sanggunian members according to their ranking based on the votes they garnered in the recent election.
A tie among the highest-ranking Sangguniang Panlungsod members shall be resolved by the drawing of lots.
The successor will serve only for the unexpired terms of their predecessor.
A permanent vacancy arises when an elective local official fills a higher vacant office, refuses to assume office, fails to qualify, dies, is removed from office, voluntarily resigns, or is otherwise permanently incapacitated to discharge the function of his office.