Legal action on Cabatangan property under study — Beng PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 11:43

Mayor Beng Climaco said Monday the city government of Zamboanga is keeping its stand to acquire the Cabatangan property from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) through the intercession of the national government as the law requires, and that the City Legal Office is studying a legal action on the matter.

“We are studying the matter and we were given until Dec. 15,” Climaco told the press briefing Monday when asked whether or not the city government will file a mandamus case against the ARMM to acquire its property in Barangay Cabatangan.

Climaco said the city government will do all efforts through back-channeling to include using all the resources that government has to realize the acquisition of the Cabatangan property, even as she stressed that under the Organic Act that created the ARMM all cities and localities have the right to acquire and purchase the properties of the autonomous region.

“We are following what the law says. If the negotiations will fail, I still have faith. For as long as the law is there, then we will continue our claim to purchase the Cabatangan property,” the lady chief executive said, adding that she had spoken the matter to ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman.

“I told him even before he was governor. I said I want Cabatangan. Unfortunately, no response from him until now,” Climaco said.

The mayor was also banking on the assistance of both the city’s congresspersons, Rep. Celso Lobregat of District 1 and Rep. Lilia Nuño of District 2, who are rallying behind the city’s stand on the Cabatangan property issue.

Also to be acquired are properties under the Southern Philippines Development Authority (SPDA), which will eventually form part of the Bangsamoro once the proposed law (HB 4994) is approved.

Climaco said the Mindanao Development Authority had interposed no objection to the city’s intention to acquire the SPDA properties in Zamboanga to be used in the rehabilitation of the families affected by the September 2013 siege. — Vic Larato