THE Local Government Code must be protected against encroachment of politicians in changing the rules of local government units, said Iloilo Representative Jerry P. Treñas.

Treñas admitted he is referring to the status of 16 municipalities who wanted to become cities prodded by their local political leaders who wanted to dishonor the provisions of the Constitution and the Local Government Code.

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Treñas said the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) is out to protect the law and will let no one insult the integrity of the local government code by railroading their small municipalities to become cities.

The LCP filed cases against the upgrading of 16 new cities in the 14th Congress and until now, these new cities are unrecognized and placed under reconsideration until the cases filed are resolved by the courts.

Treñas, former LCP president and chairman, is being groomed to head the chairmanship of the House of Representatives committee on local government.

He said that unfortunately, the 16 municipalities failed to accomplish the needed requirements to become a city such as population and income. Their becoming a city would further diminish the priority development assistance fund or pork barrel of the existing 115 cities. (Lydia C. Pendon)