City Council sitting on IP rep issue?


The city council of Puerto Princesa continues to “sit” on the issue on who will represent the indigenous people at the city council.


This developed as the city council received on Tuesday two letters from other IP groups.


The letter of Ricardo Pandino of the City Tribal Foundation dated November 20, 2014 endorsing Primo Loreno as IP representative to the SP.


Another letter dated December 5, 2014 from Roberto Cursod endorsing Nieves Salunday Loreno as IP representative.


Earlier, the National Commission on Indigenous People regional office issued a certificate of affirmation to Loreno replacing his late brother Florencio to the city council as IP mandatory representative.


The certificate was signed by NCIP regional director Ruben Bastero on June 4.


The certificate comes on the heels of the conflict between the Loreno clan matriarch Nieves who will not give way to Primo to sit as IP representative to the city council.


The endorsement of Loreno comes after a meeting last March 30 among tribal leaders of the Tagbanua, Batak, Cuyunon and the Loreno clan.


Vice Mayor Luis Marcaida III has referred the letters to the Committee on Indigenous and Cultural Communities for action.

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