BACOLOD City – Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia reiterated on Sept 3, 2018that 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.
“Who is he to say that?” Leonardia said.
The bill is already up for second reading in the Senate, Leonardia said.
“To start with, this is a legal and historical matter, this is not about politics,” Leonardia added.
He cited Commonwealth Act No. 326, or The Charter of Bacolod as a City, which was approved on June 18, 1938.
The charter states that “The city government provided for in this charter shall be organized immediately after the appointment and qualification of the city mayor, and the appointment and induction into office of the members of the city council.”
Bacolod City has been celebrating its charter every 19th of October.
“We have been doing this for almost 80 years, shall we continue with what we know is wrong?” Leonardia asked.
He added that the bill in the House of Representatives was passed for approval by former president now House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Leonardia cited the case of Dagupan, which was created through Republic Act no. 170 and approved on June 20, 1947.
Dagupan is celebrating its Charter Day every June 20.
“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 said.