Terminal operator submits payment documents

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014


THE Northbound Terminal operator alleged of failing to obtain building permit submitted Monday evidence that he has compiled with the law.

Crispin Chua forwarded folders of documents to Bacolod City Councilor Jose Carlos Lopez, chairman of the transportation committee, that include proofs of payment of his taxes worth more than P127,000 last January 22 as assessed by the City Assessor’s Office, his payment of more or less P20,000 to the City Planning and Development Office Zoning Section last January 8, and P59, 085.72 for his 2013 business permit.

Chua showed to reporters the three sets of filed documents.

“I have submitted the documents which were requested during the conduct of the public hearing recently,” he said.

The Office of the Building Official had earlier reported that Chua committed several violations in the operation of the north terminal.

Under the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) Chua signed with the city government, the second party (referring to him) will construct a terminal which will pass the standards of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

“I have attached the memorandum circular of LTFRB dated 2008 which include the putting up of roofs, chairs, comfort room, closed circuit television cameras, concrete pavement, among others which have been complied,” Chua said.

As to the capitalization of P7 million, Chua said he also put in the documents that he has spent almost P10 million for the terminal, over by P3 million in the actual cost as stipulated under the MOA.

“My contract with the city shows I am the sole operator and not a franchisee. Under the 1987 Constitution, Article 3 states that, ‘No law impairing the obligation of contract shall be passed.’ Also that what is not included in the law is excluded,” he said.

In relation to the charging of toll fee raised by Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr. that needs the permission of the City Council, Chua said that under the MOA, it is clearly stated that “Any increase imposed on the toll fees needs the SP approval.”

“But in my case, I have not imposed a single increase in my three years of operation. It means that, I have not violated this provision,” he added.

Chua also responded to Gamboa’s statement that within 120 days from signing of the MOA, he should start the north terminal operation.

“I did a research on this. Since the year 2010 was an election year, the Sanggunian wrote the Commission on Elections on May 25, 2010 asking the Comelec for a legal opinion,” he said.

The SP asked if the MOA signed between him and former mayor Evelio Leonardia was included in the 45-day election ban. The Comelec replied it was not included in the banning, Chua said.

On June 2, 2010, the SP held a session and passed a resolution, authorizing Leonardia then to sign the MOA.

“How can he say that I have violated the 120-day period when they have not yet granted the mayor the authority to sign the MOA with me? On June 16, 2010, they held another session where the Council passed another resolution, ratifying the MOA signed by myself and Mayor Leonardia,” Chua said.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on February 04, 2014.

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