Bacolod Mayor Evelio yesterday said the Comprehensive Revised Reclamation
Agreement committee was reconvened yesterday to discuss the issue between the
Philippine Ports Authority and the Bacolod Real Estate Development Corp.
He said they will discuss the possible effects of the revocation by the PPA of
the permit to operate of BREDCO. He said the committee had negotiated with BREDCO
before to determine the adjustment of the port rental it should pay to the city
The PPA revoked on June 2 the permit to operate of BREDCO for
its failure to explain why it has charged higher tariffs without authority of
the PPA. As a result, BREDCO filed an injunction case against PPA Friday and both
parties have agreed to a compromise agreement during a hearing on the case Tuesday.
Asked if the city will intervene in the case between PPA and BREDCO, Leonardia
said they still have to see the compromise agreement between the two parties and
if it is something that will affect the city, that is when they will come in.
Leonardia said they have not yet received a copy of the Sangguniang Panlungsod
resolution passed Thursday supposedly inquiring from the City Mayor's Office about
its plan on the controversy between the PPA and BREDCO, in order to protect the
interest of the city.
He said what he has discussed with City Legal Officer
Allan Zamora is the latest SP resolution that authorized him to bring to court
for judicial determination the reasonable upward adjustment of the port rental.
Leonardia said that they intend to file a case asking the court to determine
the reasonable increase in the port rental.
Meanwhile, sought for his
opinion, Zamora said it is not for the Mayor to make a stand on the controversy
between BREDCO and the PPA. He said it is for the SP to make a policy since the
Mayor has no authority on his own to intervene or to file a case without prior
authority from the SP. If the SP wants the city to intervene, it should move for
the passage of a resolution authorizing the Mayor to intervene on the matter,
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