Marañon mulls legal option vs SMPHI

Marañon mulls legal

option vs SMPHI

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Negros Occidental governor Alfredo Marañon yesterday said that the provincial government has not received yet an official copy of the Temporary Restraining Order issued by the Court of Appeals on the Capitol’s 7.7-hectare prime property it awarded to Ayala Land Inc.

The TRO was sought by SM Prime Holdings Inc. (SMPHI).

Marañon hinted that “a legal action against SMPHI is an option” for going to court after its failure to win the right to develop the property on lease and purchase mode.

When the provincial government receives the official copy of the TRO, he said he will direct the provincial lawyers to file a motion for reconsideration.

“That is the usual procedure,” he pointed point.

He claimed that in the absence of an official copy, the provincial government will continue with what they have to do as far as the Ayala Land deal is concerned, confirming further that the documents were already sent to COA Manila for approval. He clarified that the matter of COA review is procedural.

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Legal battle will delay Capitol-Ayala Land deal

Legal battle will delay

Capitol-Ayala Land deal

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – The implementation of Ayala Land development plan faces delay as a consequence of the Temporary Restraining Order issued by the Court of Appeals sought by SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SMPHI) and the subsequent legal battle that will ensue between SMPHI and the provincial government of Negros Occidental, according to Enrique Pinongan, provincial administrator.

Pinongan, however, that they consider the TRO issued by the CA Thursday as moot and academic as the Sangguniang Panlalawigan has already confirmed Wednesday the deal which is for the purchase and lease of the 7.7-hectare prime lot between the provincial government and Ayala Land.

He revealed that the provincial government has already forwarded via registered mail Thursday morning the documents pertinent to the said deal to the Commission on Audit in Manila for approval, prior to their receipt of the TRO.

He also said they have yet to receive a copy of the petition used as basis by SMPHI for the TRO for them to reply in 10 days time.

Pinongan said the provincial government is prepared for the legal battle against SMPHI.

“We believe we haven’t done anything wrong,” he pointed out.

Negros Occidental governor Alfredo Marañon earlier also declared that the transaction is already a done deal due to the approval of the SP.

Meanwhile, four business groups Thursday issued a joint statement congratulating and supporting the Negros Occidental provincial government for deciding to sell and lease out the Capitol’s 7.7-hectare property in Bacolod City.

SP confirmation railroaded?

SP confirmation railroaded?

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Was the approval of the deal between Ayala Land and the provincial government over the latter’s 7.7-hectare prime lot railroaded?

This question arose after provincial board member Patrick Lacson explained why he did not attend the SP deliberations on the Ayala Land deal despite the fact that he attended the caucus held in the morning of the same day, July 20, with Negros Occidental governor Alfredo Marañon and the members of the Committee on Awards and Disposal of Real Properties (CADRP) of which Lacson is a member.

Lacson pointed out that “this is not an issue about SM or Ayala but the way we treat investors, respect and care of the business sector in Negros Occidental.”

He added that “when SM cried foul, with their disbelief of the way things were done, the least we could have done, especially in the provincial board was to have given them time, transparency, a public hearing to know the situation because they deserve our utmost respect.”

He further pointed out that “Check and balance is the essence of our duty, but they, my colleagues felt they have to pass it ASAP, sure of the majority decision.”

Lacson added that he decided to stay away from the session to avoid grandstanding and creating tension in the Capitol.
“I am saddened by the SPs unanimous decision.  But as the TRO was granted, at least they might see point. I hope they are not the ones spreading the boycott SM messages,” Lacson said.

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Escalante City council condemns Querol over transfer of three cops

 

Escalante City council condemns

Querol over transfer of three cops

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – The city council of Escalante issued a resolution condemning C/Supt. Cipriano Querol, regional police director, over what they call as his “unreasonable, discourteous and illegal action” for re-assigning three police personnel in the city to Iloilo.

The resolution furnished to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Negros Occidental slammed Querol for the relief of SPO1s Angel Sinadjan, Rene Anida and Heracleo Canete from Escalante City Police Station to Iloilo effective June 8 without any coordination and courtesy accorded to Mayor Melecio Yap Jr.

There was also no due process to the affected police officers, the resolution stated.

The city council cited Section 62 of RA 8551, also known as the PNP Reform Law, that “ the power and operational supervision and control of the local chief executive over the PNP assigned in its territorial jurisdiction also means that he can direct the employment and deployment of units or PNP elements, through station commander, and that deployment, as defined by the National Police Commission, shall mean the orderly and organized physical movements of elements or units of the PNP within the province, city or municipality.”

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Cadiz resident faces attempted parricide

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