Capitol expects ruling of SM case by October-A A +A
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon, Jr. said the Capitol is expecting the court to finally decide on October the case for certiorari filed by SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SMPHI) against the Provincial Government, arising from the lease and sale of the province’s 7.7-hectare properties.
The governor made the statement after being informed by lawyer Mary Ann Lamis of the Provincial Legal Office that SMPHI had rested its case, which means it will no longer present any evidence or witnesses.
Lamis, who represents members of the Provincial Bids and Disposal of government properties, said that SMPHI was expected to present another witness, but it failed, and instead rested its case.
The company has not also presented its rebuttal evidence, Lamis added.
Regional Trial Court Branch 50 Judge Estefanio Libutan had given SMPHI and the province 30 days, or until October 16, to submit their respective memorandum where the parties are expected to set out their respective theories and issues of the case.
The court is then expected to come out with a decision. SMPHI filed the special civil action against the Provincial Committee on Awards and Disposal of government properties. It alleged that the committee committed grave abuse of discretion for the rejection of the bid of SMPHI, which the company claimed to have won the second bidding held last July 7, 2011.
The bidding was for the lease and purchase of the 7.7-hectare Capitol properties at the back of the old Provincial Capitol Building.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 17, 2013.