‘I expect Mayor Lobregat to obey court order on bus terminal project’ — Solis PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 November 2012 14:53

Atty. Vic R. Solis, counsel of RCDG Construction Corporation, disclosed over the weekend that the Regional Trial Court has issued a new order last Friday restraining, without any doubt, construction works at the Integrated Bus Terminal (IBT).

Atty. Solis said he expects the mayor to obey the court order “since his motion for reconsideration of the writ of preliminary injunction has been denied and there is no more question over the coverage of the writ issued by the court last July.”

“If he chooses to disobey, disrespect, and defy the court, then, we would be forced to pursue all legal and judicial remedies to uphold and enforce the said order,” Solis stressed.

The court order directs the  sheriff to “execute and enforce the said Writ and Order against respondents (Mayor Lobregat and the BAC), their officials, employees, agents, representatives, and all persons or parties concerned, including those at the construction site of the Integrated Bus Terminal or IBT.”

The same order, which is dated November 22, 2012, states that “the Writ of Preliminary Injunction issued on July 20, 2012 covers all works, acts or activities for or in any way connected with the construction and completion of respondents’ Integrated Bus Terminal (IBT).”

It was issued in connection with the three-year old civil case filed by RCDG Construction Corporation and R.U. Aquino Construction and Development Corporation, a construction joint venture, against Mayor Lobregat and the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC).

The case stemmed from the mayor’s cancellation of the award earlier given to the joint venture to construct the IBT facility at Divisoria.

According to Atty. Solis, the joint venture was awarded the IBT project in April 2009 following a competitive “design and build” bidding and after having been recommended for the project by the city’s BAC. The award was cancelled by Mayor Lobregat in August 2009, based on an opinion issued by his legal office.

He said that the mayor’s cancellation of the award had no genuine legal platform and was “a classic denial of due process”, which prompted the filing of the suit.