Councilor: City can try ‘own style’ in Bredco case-A A +A
Monday, August 26, 2013
THE incumbent administration can look into other means in dealing with the Bacolod Real Estate Development Corporation (Bredco) regarding the issue on the operation and management of the Bacolod City port, Councilor Archie Baribar said.
"The important thing here is for the city and Bredco to keep on talking whether it would mean talking in court or talking with an amicable settlement,” Baribar said.
His statement stemmed from the victory of Bredco against the City Government, headed by former Mayor Evelio Leonardia, following a court ruling nullifying the city’s takeover attempt on the port’s operation and management.
“We have to take things on a particular context that this is a new administration. If we want to make a difference, then it should be outside of the parameters set forth by the old one," Baribar pointed out.
He added that the past administration was acting in favor of the city.
"So if that definition of what is favorable to the city will not work at that time, then we will have to re-work it. This is not a question of going against Bredco. It is a question of going for the City of Bacolod," he said.
Baribar also said he will be very glad if he will be given the privilege to sit as a member of the Renegotiating Team to be created by Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella.
"My recommendation will be for the interest of Bacolod City which is for the greater benefit of Bacolod City. It would mean a lot from the reconsideration to the size of lands that we could get,” Baribar said.
No official receipt yet
Meanwhile, Vice Mayor Greg Gasataya said they have not officially received the copy of the decision of the court.
"As vice mayor, I don't want to preempt the decision of the City Council as a collegial body. I will only preside and wait for their collective stand on the matter," he said.
Gasataya, however, said he is amenable to increasing the P800,000 port fees to give what is due to the city.
Councilor Caesar Distrito, for his part, said as chairman of the City Council Committee on Laws, he will study the decision and present to the council as a collegial body, what is good for the city.
It would be better for the city pursue the case in court, he said.
"We can do both -- renegotiation and at the same time pursue the case in court with the filing of a motion for reconsideration. If the renegotiation becomes favorable, we can have the case dismissed as the law says that all civil cases can be withdrawn as any stage even if it is on appeal or even if there is a final decision."
Distrito also reminded everyone that in making decision such as that, it is the entire city officials including the City Council that should be involved on what actions to take."
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 27, 2013.