If the members of the Negros Occidental Teachers Federation take a hard line stand against vacating the Paglaum Sport Complex in Bacolod City, legal action will be taken against them, Provincial Legal Officer Jose Ma. Valencia said yesterday.
He said Gov. Alfredo Maranon Jr. already agreed to give the NOTF a new site in Barangay 29 and assistance for their transfer, so he was surprised that an NOTF official complained on television about the notice to vacate given to them.
The NOTF official said they were insulted because they are educators and the notice sent to them was in Ilonggo, Valencia said.
If she was insulted, we can send them another notice in English that says “You are ordered to vacate immediately,” Valencia said.
They are public school teachers blocking a government project, they can be liable under the law for violation of professional conduct and the anti graft and corrupt practices law, he said.
“If they take a hard line stand I will take legal action against them. We will ask them to pay back rentals, everything,” he said.
Valencia said the Bacolod Water District has also been asked to remove its pumping station from the sports complex property facing Hernaez street.
The sports complex structures facing Hernaez Street are expected to be cleared within the week, and those along Lacson Street by mid-May, he said.*CPG