Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia said he has referred the case of the Peryahan ng Bayan at Burgos-Lacson streets in Bacolod City, being operated by Globaltech Mobile Online Corporation, to the City Legal Office for assessment.
“The bottom line is, we will follow what the law says,” he said Sunday, when asked for his opinion after a “notice of closure” was posted outside the establishment on April 16 by a team from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office led by retired Marine Major Manuel Fraginal.
Leonardia said if the PCSO says it (Peryahan ng Bayan) is not authorized, it should not operate.
“I understand there was an effort to seek a resolution from the Sangguniang Panlungsod. We would like to advise the SP to take a very close and deep assessment of the situation because they might make the wrong decision,” he said.
So whatever is legal should prevail, he said.
The provincial administrator of Global Tech Mobile Online Corporation (Globaltech) filed last week criminal charges for alarm and scandal, and grave coercion against Fraginal, who ordered the closure of their establishment at Burgos Street, Bacolod City, April 16.
Lito Estember said Fraginal has no right to close their establishment since he has no court order, and because there is still an ongoing case before the Court of Appeals.
He said they are not operating illegally because he has documents to show that PCSO has legal obligations to settle with Globaltech before it can be issued any court order.
Fraginal had said that he is mandated under R.A. 1169 to close it down even without an order from the court since they are using the logo of PCSO, which is illegal under the law.*CGS
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