By: Dolly Yasa
BACOLOD City – Mayor Evelio Leonardia and the Lopez family agreed to let the court decide on the latter’s collection bid for the remaining P3.8-million balance of the city government in the purchase of the family lot being used as a sanitary landfill.
Leonardia said he met with the Lopez family and their lawyer Alex Abastillas last week and had an objective assessment of the situation regarding the Felisa property where the sanitary landfill was constructed.
Leonardia said the city made initial payments to the Lopez family in 2008. At that time the titles have yet to be submitted to the city. He explained the submission took so long, the titles being essential requirements for the parties to conclude the requirements, the mayor said.
Leonardia said "Cordially, we agreed that, if their course of action is to go to court, there is no problem with us.”
He added that they hope that the filing in court would “stabilize the situation and that will put us all in proper perspective.”
“Since we have our reasons and they have theirs, so let the court decide if it has to be that way,” he stressed.
The 7-hectare Hacienda Felisa property’s total cost is P23 million.
The Lopez family said that "based on the deed of conditional sale, Hacienda Felisa is still our family's property since the requirement of our agreement has not been fully complied with."