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Salinas sits as LMP dad; Gonzaga, Pepito also in

by Rey Anthony Chiu

Tagbilaran City (19 February) -- Mayors witnessed the official changing of the guards of the strong League of Municipalities of the Philippines Bohol Chapter (LMP) Wednesday.

This as Jagna Mayor Exuperio Lloren bowed out to his executive vice president, Catigbian Mayor Roberto Salinas, more than a month after their term-sharing agreement ripened.

It may be recalled that the agreement, one not explicitly stated in the rule of laws, was what town executives used to settle a difficult poser for mayors the last time they were made to choose one between two practically excellent leaders for the local chapter.

The turn-over rite was also administered by Vice Governor Julius Caesar Herrera during the regular LMP meeting held at the Balay sa Humay Batuan, in Bohols third Congressional district.

Erstwhile league helmsman, Mayor Lloren has to enjoy a little more than a month of extended term; the league has set the formal turn over rites February 18, a month and 18 days after Lloren's term was deemed ended effective the last day of 2008.

Taking the wheel from the Jagna dad who has undeniably left trail of exemplary service is the no push-over Catigbian Mayor Roberto Salinas.

Salinas, who has proven himself as accomplished serviceman and retired officer of the country's navy however lives to prove he has the mettle to lead his equals in a province where the league commands respect and credibility.

But for him who has had a track record of treading the rigid life of command, responsibility and discipline as an officer of the country's naval forces, steering the league for him may not be that hard.

Despite these, in his acceptance message delivered before 39 mayors who attended the out of town gathering, Salinas admitted that it is not easy to lead people of [your] caliber.

"LMP Bohol is a respected organization among other groups in the country," he said.

"I can never do this job without your 100% support and cooperation" Salinas stressed as he echoed Lloren's admonition while relinquishing his seat.

Lloren earlier said he expected from the mayors the same cooperation accorded to him to be given to the incoming dad.

With the EVP post declared vacant, the mayors also elected Danao Mayor Thomas Louis Gonzaga, league's assistant secretary, as the new LMP EVP.

For the vacated Gonzaga's seat, the mayors also elected Batuan Mayor Gregoria Pepito. (PIA) [top]

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