Jollibee granted 7-day reprieve PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 September 2017 16:35

By BOB JALDON

Freemont Foods Corporation, the food company that owns and operates Jollibee, has been granted a seven-day reprieve from closing its outlet along La Purisima, corner P. Brillantes sts.

City Legal Officer Jesus Carbon yesterday said during the weekly City Hall press conference that the food giant was to have ceased operating its latest Zamboanga outlet yesterday, but was granted an extension of seven days to close shop.

Last August 14, Mayor Maria Isabelle G. Climaco-Salazar issued a notice to Freemont to voluntarily vacate the leased premises of the Puericulture Center and cease and close the restaurant (Jollibee) on or Before August 31.

The legal controversy arose on Sept. 29, 2016 when lawyer Abelardo A. Climaco, Jr. wrote the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel in Quezon city questioning the construction of the commercial building owned by Freemont on the Puericulture Center property which is owned by the Republic of the Philippines pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 211 issued by President Ramon Magsaysay on Feb. 26, 1955.

The mayor said that the contract of lease entered into between the Zamboanga Puericulture Center No. 144 and Freemont was “without the prior knowledge of the city of Zamboanga because the lot is a public dominion, cannot be sold, leased or donated. It is outside the commerce of men.”

The mayor’s closure order read in part: “In view, thereof, and considering that no occupancy permit was issued to Jollibee; that its location clearance/temporary use permit for the proposed construction of Jollibee…expired July 15, 2017; that no location clearance/temporary use permit was issued for the operation of a restaurant located at the corner of La Purisima and P. Brillantes sts. to Freemont/Jollibee; and that the temporary permit to operate issued to Jollibee expired on July 31, 2017, we are constrained to give you notice to voluntarily vacate the leased premises, cease operation and close the Jollibee restaurant located in the leased premises on or before August 31, 2017.”

CLO Carbon said that Freemont may request for extension to vacate two more times, for a total of 21 days, to stay in the premises before legal proceedings take place. Meaning, if the city padlocks the restaurant, Freemont may file an injunction in court requesting for the issuance of a temporary restraining order.

When that happens, Atty. Carbon said: “We’re prepared for it.” (Bob Jaldon)