City mulls mandamus case to get Cabatangan land PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 04 June 2015 09:09

By VIC LARATO

The city government of Zamboanga through the City Legal Office is keen on filing a mandamus case and other legal remedies or reliefs that would compel the national government to execute and implement the provisions of RA 9054 or the expanded Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Law in its desire to recover the Cabatangan properties from ARMM.

Former trial court judge now City Legal Officer Jesus Carbon Jr., however, said such legal action can only proceed if Mayor Beng Climaco and the Sangguniang Panlungsod would give the go signal for the filing of the case.

“But, the case for mandamus is not an easy one because we will be filing the case against the Office of the President and DBM,” Carbon said during the press briefing Monday in City Hall.

“So we are researching now, awaiting the go signal of the city mayor and the City Council. We might file the case for mandamus but there is no assurance that the case will succeed,” Carbon said, stressing that the filing of a case for mandamus can only be resorted to if and when negotiations on the matter would fail.

Under RA 9054 or the expanded ARMM law, the national government through the Office of the President is mandated to take possession of or buy the properties occupied and owned by the ARMM in non-ARMM areas like Zamboanga City and sell the same to the host local government units.

Meanwhile, the existing ARMM stands to be abolished once the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is approved, which, according to observers, would make even more difficult for the city of Zamboanga to take back the Cabatangan properties. — Vic Larato