14 BOPK dads may face lawsuit-A A +A
Sunday, October 13, 2013
PUNTA Princesa Barangay Captain Jose Navarro plans to file charges before the Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas against 14 Cebu City councilors.
They reportedly supported the passage of an ordinance allowing the Punta Princesa Manggahan Homeowners’ Association (PPMHOAI) to manage the covered court in Sitio Manggahan.
The councilors belong to the Bando Osmeña Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK), while Navarro belongs to Team Rama.
“It is the property of the government, the barangay should manage it,” he told Sun.Star Cebu.
Navarro believed that as barangay officials, they should be the ones to manage the property and not Alejandro Tabelino, head of PPMHOAI.
Section 4 of the approved ordinance states that the president of PPMHOAI will manage the affairs and activities held at the Sitio Manggahan covered court. He will also act as the caretaker and administrator of the property.
During the final deliberation of the ordinance, four allies of Rama voted against its passage but they were outnumbered.
Councilor Eugenio Gabuya Jr. said he welcomes Navarro’s move.
“It’s his right to do so,” he said.
Gabuya was one of the proponents of the ordinance along with Councilor Gerardo Carillo.
Gabuya said they were only doing that they thought was right.
He said the ordinance is meant to put to rest the matter of managing the covered court.
In 2009, the council passed a resolution approving the appointment of Tabelino as administrator of the covered court, he said.
Recently, Mayor Michael Rama signed an executive order directing the homeowners to voluntarily give up the management of the property.
Gabuya said that resulted in confusion.
He questioned why the barangay is only reacting to the matter now. “They should have brought it up four years ago,” he said.
Navarro is scheduled to submit his complaint next week.
Rama had also expressed his objection against the ordinance.
He said he will veto it once he gets a copy.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 13, 2013.