House Bill 5875 declaring June 18 aspecial non-working public holiday in Bacolod City to be known as “Bacolod City Charter Day,” was approved on third and final readingby the House of Representatives Wednesday, Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya said yesterday.
Gasataya said the bill will be forwarded by the Lower House to the Senate. The appropriate committee will then accept it and deliberate on the matter.
Former Bacolod mayor Monico Puentevella had requested Pangasinan Rep. Marlyn Primicias-Agabas to conduct another committee hearing on the bill.He said they are willing to appear in Congress to ventilate their sentiments on the matter.
Gasataya said he will just focus on his work and will not mind whatever his political opponents do. They have the right to do whatever they believe they should do, he said.
Hesaid earlier that they have complied with the request of the Committee on Revisions on Laws. The bill would l not be approved if it had not compliedwith the requirements.
Bacolod Mayor EvelioLeonardiasaid it is clear that the Charter of Bacolod was signed on June 18, 1938 and that was what had been established and proven.
Leonardia recalled that before the bill was approved, this was discussed by the congressmen who had also checked on the merits of the proposition.
He pointed out that the movant at the committee level was Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who for sure, had comprehended the situation because she was a former president.
“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,”Leonardia added.*CGS
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