I will not continue Bredco battle: Newks-A A +A
Monday, August 26, 2013
BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella said he is not amenable to continue the legal battle between the local government unit and the Bacolod Real Estate Development Corporation (Bredco).
"By the time the court decides the case with finality, I might already be lying at Rolling Hills," said the mayor on the earlier challenge of local officials for him to fight the case up to the Supreme Court.
The Regional Trial Court had earlier decided against the city in its controversial takeover ordinance, or an attempt to take over port operation and management at Bredco.
The takeover attempt took place when Puentevella was the lone district representative.
On continuing the case, Puentevella said: “Such idea is impractical as it will again entail time before the city could enjoy what she deserves. If everything can just be resolved amicably, why go to court? Going to court is okay if one is left with no option, but, we still have other peaceful means (through a renegotiation), why go to court? He said he can just go to his Uncle Sam (Atty. Simplicio Palanca), president of Bredco and tell the position of the city several concerns.”
"I cannot anymore be forceful on this matter because the city must live to its identity as a business-friendly city. Their past conflict between him and his Uncle Sam is a thing of the past. My detractors should have thanked me for doing it because it has generated taxes for the city when Bredco paid their taxes," he said.
The policy of his administration is to be business-friendly with everybody, Puentevella said.
"You use the court to file charges against anybody. How long and how many years will that last? It will reach the Supreme Court. I may not even be mayor when the decision comes out. And probably by that time, I will be retired and probably at the Rolling Hills. So better that if I could convince my good friend Mr. Palanca to cooperate by increasing the package for Bacolod, I am sure that will be a better approach,” he added.
He wants to talk to Palanca to give the city more remuneration out of the P800,000 annual port fees and additional hectare of properties. He also respected the past administration when they filed a case against Bredco.
But the outcome is the city lost in the court battle and he sympathized with them, the current mayor said. Several lawyers will be joining him when he starts renegotiating with Bredco, Puentevella said.
Meanwhile, the mayor said he knows what to do when he initiates the renegotiation with Bredco.
Councilor Caesar Distrito should have kept his comments to himself as it is already given that before he can start the renegotiation, he must pass through the City Council for their authority, Puentevella said of Districto’s statement for the mayor to secure authority.
That's commonsense, he said.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 26, 2013.