Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia yesterday said it is clear that the Charter of Bacolod was signed on June 18, 1938 and that was what had been established and proven.
“If you know that the date is wrong and you did not do anything about it, that is betrayal and considered treacherous,” he said.
Leonardia was reacting to the statement of former mayor MonicoPuentevella that the approval of House Bill 5875 Declaring the 18th Day of the Month of June Every Year a Special Non-Working Public Holiday In the City of Bacolod to be known as “Bacolod City Charter Day,” is treacherous because it may not have gone through a public hearing.
Puentevella had requested Pangasinan Rep. MarlynPrimicias-Agabas to conduct another committee hearing on the bill last Nov. 20, 2017.
House Bill 5875 was approved for second reading in Congress Tuesday and is scheduled for third reading.
Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya had said they have complied with the request of the Committee on Revisions on Laws. The bill will not be approved if it has not complied with the requirements.
Leonardia said “It is now the right time to change it because we still have the future to reckon with. If we can correct that, at least in the next one thousand years, we will be celebrating our Charter Day on the correct date.”
He said this will go through the process. When it reaches the Senate,Gasataya,or even they, are ready to face it.
This is not something personal and does not involve personalities. This is about history and public records. So there is nothing personal or even political here, except for the sake of setting the records straight to put history in its proper perspective, Leonardia added.
Meanwhile, Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr.said that in a Sept. 28, 1938 City Council Resolution signed by then Municipal Mayor Fernando Cuadra and the City Council expressly stating that “Bacolod as a Municipality is now converted to a City, nowhere did it mention about June 18 as the “birth of Bacolod City”.
He said the Sept. 28, 1938 Resolution is consistent with Commonwealth Act 326 (The Charter of Bacolod as a City) which was approved on June 18, 1938 as stated in Section 54..
Gamboa said Maria Serena Diokno, former chairman of the National Historical Commission, wrote Bacolod Rep. Anthony Golez Jr. then in a document dated Jan. 9, 2013, that the City of Bacolod started its “corporate existence” on Oct. 19, 1938 thus, it should celebrate its Charter Day every October 19.*CGS
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