Editorial: Greater Interest-A A +A
Thursday, August 22, 2013
NOW that the Regional Trial Court (RTC) had ruled in favor of the Bacolod Real Estate Corporation on what has become as the controversial “Takeover Ordinance,” the issue between Bredco and the local government and its officials would, for now, be put to a rest.
Unless the city seriously considers the filing of a motion for reconsideration or any pleading that would effectively put on hold the finality of the RTC judgment, Bredco would surface as ultimate victor.
At least, as far as this particular case is concerned.
By this time, the lawyers of Bredco may be considering the filing of counter-suit, as is being indicated by media reports. The public, though, would rather leave this matter to the sound discretion of the private corporation whose interest, necessarily, was greatly affected by the attempt to take over the port operation.
Meanwhile, the administration of Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella had congratulated Bredco on the court victory, and in fact, intimated its reluctance in reconsidering the judgment, as the local chief executive himself had pointed out that he is in talking terms with the Bredco management.
What the new city administration is treading towards is the renegotiation as far as the port fees is concerned.
Puentevella had even vowed to give what is fair to the residents of Bacolod.
Does this mean he would come up, though not now, with a better case against Bredco, maybe as far as the issue on the contract between the entity and the city?
Will the new administration be altogether be subservient to Bredco?
Whatever plan the Renegotiation Team of Puentevella would be up to, it is hoped that it would be for the welfare and interest of the greater majority among Bacolodnons, not mere politics or lip service.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 22, 2013.