Court resets hearing of SM vs Capitol case-A A +A
Monday, September 3, 2012
THE Regional Trial Court (RTC) resets the hearing of the case filed by SM Prime Holdings Inc. (SMPHI) against the land deal between the Provincial Government and Ayala Land Inc. to October 5, 2012.
Lawyer Vince Bayhon, lawyer for SMPHI, said the hearing was supposed to be scheduled last August 31, but was reset when lawyer Mary Ann Lamis requested for a reset, citing medical reasons.
Judge Estefanio Libutan of the RTC Branch 50 set the next hearing on November 9.
Bayhon said Mrs. Merlita Caellan of the Provincial Assessor's Office will present at the witness stand during the resumption of the hearing.
SMPHI filed the case against Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. and the members of the Provincial Award and Appraisals Committee for nullifying the July 7, 2011 bidding, which was held for the sale and purchase of the 7.7 hectare prime Provincial Government property within the Capitol area.
SMPHI asserts that it won in that bidding after tendering a higher bid than the other bidder (Ayala Land Inc.).
Bayhon meanwhile said that until now, they have not monitored any developments at the Commission on Audit (COA) pertaining to the contract submitted by the Capitol on its land deal with Ayala.
SMPHI has written COA about its pending case pertaining to the said properties of the Provincial Government. <>(Teresa D. Ellera)
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 03, 2012.