Mayor hits lawmaker on Bacolod's charter day

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

BACOLOD City Mayor Evelio R. Leonardia made his official stand on the privilege speech delivered last May 8 by city lone district Representative Anthony Golez relative to the Charter Day celebration of Bacolod City.

He lectured Golez, through the media, on the salient points of the laws covering the city's Charter Day, particularly on Republic Act (RA) 326 and RA 7724.

In his speech, Golez questioned the city's celebration of its charter day as he stated that RA 7724 clearly states that Bacolod celebrates its Charter Day on October and not June.


Leonardia showed the copy of RA 7724, an act declaring October 19 of every year as special non-working public holiday in the City of Bacolod.

"This clearly states that October 19 was declared under this law as a special non-working public holiday in the City of Bacolod," he said.

Even in the first section of the said law, it states that October 19 is the Charter Day anniversary of the City of Bacolod and its celebration is highlighted with the staging of the MassKara Festival.

Section 2 states that October 19 of every year is hereby declared a special non working public holiday in the city.

RA 326 was the law that created the City of Bacolod and was approved on June 18, 1938. Section VIII, Article 54 of the Act.

Leonardia said per information from former Councilor Jocelle Batapa-Sigue, the first national assembly of the Philippines, the Legislature of the Commonwealth of the Philippines was from November 25, 1935 to August 15, 1938.

Leonardia mentioned thrice in his speech that he is against the two fiestas in Bacolod in June and on October.

"The fiesta that we are celebrating is MassKara Festival, thus I am declaring him as anti-MassKara. He even spoke before the Bacolod Cultural society and he said that MassKara is not culture. The problem is our congressman is not from Bacolod. He cannot understand what is happening in the city because, if he is a child, he is only three years old now. Let us forgive him if he could not understand the culture in Bacolod," he said.

Golez also said he may not be a lawyer or a legal expert but it is pretty elementary that he is aware of it.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on May 15, 2012.

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