Charter day bill hurdles second reading in Senate

BACOLOD City – House Bill 7044 declaring June 18 as Bacolod City’s Charter Day was passed on second reading in the Senate.

Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri announced the passage in his Facebook post: “A good day for Bacolod! We amended House Bill No. 7044, declaring June 18 as Bacolod City’s Charter Day, to recognize that the City’s inauguration will be commemorated every October 19, and the Masskara Festival every fourth Sunday of October.”

Zubiri’s chief of staff Jaimie Yulo confirmed the passage on Sept 6, 2018.

“After the approval on second reading, the bill will be up for the third and final reading, most probably on Monday,” Yulo said.

He added that Senate President Tito Sotto supported the bill.

Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia reiterated on Sept 3 that he is just trying to rectify the city’s Charter Day through a bill and it has nothing to do with politics.

This, after former Bacolod City mayor and Congressman Monico Puentevella said he expects the House bill seeking to move the city’s Charter Day from Oct 19 to Jun 18 to fail in the Senate.

“To start with this is a legal and historical matter, this is not about politics,” Leonardia stressed.

He cited Commonwealth Act no. 326 that created the city of Bacolod which stated that the Act shall take effect upon its approval on June 18, 1938.

The city has been celebrating its Charter Day every October 19.

“If it is a matter of logic and legal argument, we believe everything is on our side but may I also say that October 19 is a significant date when the Mayor was inaugurated but not for us to say that was the day the city was born,” Leonardia stressed.

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