LCP optimistic SC will favor 2nd MR- Braganza

April 30, 2011 at 6:33 pm Leave a comment

LCP’S TOP HONCHOS: (From Left) League of Cities of the Philippines’ Secretary General Hernani Braganza and LCP’s President Oscar Rodriguez.

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

ALAMINOS CITY – Secretary General Hernani Braganza of the 122-strong League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) is still optimistic that the Supreme Court will favor the group’s second Motion for Reconsideration (MR).

The first MR of LCP was rejected by the court in a 7-6 votes last April 12.

Braganza, mayor of this city, said the group’s optimism is anchored on the final and executing decision of the Highest Tribunal in rejecting the bid for cityhood of the 16 towns when it resolved it as unconstitutional in November 2008.

In August 10, 2010, the court rejected for the second time the Motion for Reconsideration of the municipalities as unconstitutional.

In February 15, 2011, however, the high court reversed itself in favor of the towns.

The LCP continues to gripe these days because these municipalities did not meet all or one of the three requirements of P100 million local revenues as mandated by Republic Act 9009 (An act amending Section 450 of Republic Act No. 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991, by increasing the average annual income requirement for a municipality or cluster of barangays to be converted into a component city)

Braganza said that in case the SC rejects LCP’s 2nd motion, some of his fellow city mayors will seek justice somewhere else.

“So, iyung iba sinasabi sa kongreso e siyempre sa kongreso you need the congressmen to endorse the impeachment”.

Braganza, a former congressman and a cabinet secretary, said that mayor-members of the LCP have met in Davao City last April 27 to discuss and map out their steps vis-à-vis the dilemma they face at the court.


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