DAVAO CITY’S Legal Office noted flaws in the disqualification process of the indigenous people (IP) representative in the city council, and said the mayor’s office “is abstaining from participating and supporting in the second selection process.” The selection of Cherry Ann Ortiz-Codilla of the Bagobo Klata group as the IP mandatory representative has been questioned over her ancestry. Ms. Codilla has filed a case in court. Osmundo P. Villanueva Jr., acting head of the City Legal Office, said the local administration is abstaining from the discussions of the nomination “in deference to the rule on subjudice.” In an opinion dated May 22, Mr. Villanueva did say that “we also find serious procedural and substantial flaws in the manner by which the process of disqualification was accomplished not to mention the attendant blunders committed in the selection process.” He also recommended that the court case be resolved first before another selection process is undertaken. — Carmelito Q. Francisco