Councilor seeks clarification from NHCP

BACOLOD City Councilor Carlos Jose Lopez has sought clarification from National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) Chairperson Serena Diokno whether she indeed issued an order to demolish the replica of the Bacolod City Government situated at the city's public plaza.

He said there have been reports that her office issued a directive to demolish the said structure as claimed by Mayor Monico Puentevella.

"It is clear to me that the letter, which came from your office, only makes suggestion on the preservation of the plaza without mention of the demolition of the replica," Lopez said in his communication to Diokno.

Lopez also texted Architect Rey Lita and spoke to Architect Benjamin Empleo for clarification on this matter, and Empleo made it clear that it has never been the policy of their office to demolish existing structures.

They both said there was no such order was given, the councilor said.

Lita said it was the mayor who wrote a letter requesting for the demolition.

Lopez, in his letter to Diokno, added that to set the record straight and to avoid further confusion, "I would like to request for a reply from your office stating your directive. Likewise, I hope that you can furnish us a copy of the communication between the mayor and your office."

Lopez authored the Bacolod City Public Plaza Beautification Ordinance and to support such ordinance, he is also proposing another measure passed on second reading that seeks to preserve the public plaza as a historical landmark to be declared by the NHCP.


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