Council asks city legal office to shed light on IBT status PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 16 July 2013 12:53

The City Council, in its regular session yesterday, agreed to invite in its succeeding session, City Legal Officer Jesus Carbon Jr, to shed light on the legal status of the controversial Integrated Bus Terminal project in Barangay Divisoria.

This, after minority Councilor Juan Climaco “Kim” Elago attempted to author a resolution requesting Atty. Carbon to study the possibility for the city to file in court “preventive maintenance” case, purposely, to salvage and safe keep all construction materials that were left untouched by the project contractor, following last year’s filing of injunction suit by RCDG-RU Aquino Joint Ventures that compelled the then administration of Mayor Celso Lobregat, to halt the implementation of the P180-million terminal project.

Elago is particularly worried that the quality of these materials will further deteriorate if the RCDG case will not be resolved early.

Just as majority of the councilors present were about to support Elago’s resolution, Councilor Charlie Mariano, however, hinted a possibility for the City Council to be cited for contempt, “considering that the RCDG case against Lobregat et at, is still pending with the Court of Appeals”.

Mariano, instead suggested that the august body should first be enlightened about the status of the case, stating that “even an iota of move from the city that tends to touch the case at bar, can constitute a contempt citation, thus, we have to know first from CLO (Carbon) as to the present status of the case”.

Elago in turn set aside his resolution and yielded to Mariano’s subsequent motion to invited Carbon in next week’s regular Council session.

Last week, Lawyer Vicente Solis, counsel for RCDG, commented in radio interviews about his client’s willingness to enter into an amicable settlement with Mayor Beng Climaco’s administration, “if at all, this action would finally resolve and put to rest contentious issues that hamper the project’s implementation”.

For her part, Climaco said in a separate radio interview that she’s leaving everything to her newly-appointed legal officer, a retired judge. — Philip Abuy