Election for committee chairs on hold until after appointment of councilor James Cuenco

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The Cebu City Council decided to put on hold the election for new committee chairs and members until the official appointment of incoming Councilor James Cuenco.

In a press conference after the inaugural session on July 22, Vice Mayor Michael Rama said the council decided to wait for the appointment of Cuenco, who replaced his father, Antonio Cuenco.

The elder Cuenco succumbed to the coronavirus disease last June 27. (

“Our inaugural session was dedicated to former Congressman and Councilor Antonio Cuenco. It is only proper that we wait for Councilor James to sit in the council before we elect chairmen,” said Rama.

The vice mayor assured the public that the appointment is already awaiting the signature of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Rama personally asked Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu to hasten the process.

Secretary Eduardo Año of the Department of Interior and Local Government also assured Cebu City that the appointment will be signed in a few days.

He said the council should expect Cuenco to sit in the council by the next regular session on July 29.