Issue of April 28, 2013
     
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Non–passage of resolution 400–10
JAMES S. VALEROS, Baguio City

As for me and the thousand holders of the irregularly issued franchises or certificates of public convenience (CPC), the non-passage of proposed resolution 400-10 by the city council may still be a proper issue against councilors running for elective position. And why not?

The proposal, which aims to legalize irregular franchises issued by Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board was filed in 2009 by Councilor Richard Cariño but until now, it has not been disposed of by the soon outgoing city council.

In the more than three years that it had been calendared in the agenda of the council, it was never deliberated on seriously. Instead, the proposed measure was always returned to the committee on public utilities, transportation, and traffic legislation chaired by Councilor Nicasio Aliping for further study, allegedly. I don’t know if that was really the reason.

The proposed resolution, which actually does not need an in-depth study, has been repeatedly objected to by councilors Fred Bagbagen, Erdolfo Balajadia, and Betty Lourdes Tabanda, and some others for the reasons that: a. The CPCs issued by the LTFRB is in violation of the law, the moratorium and the rules and policies of LTFRB/DOTC are not illegal per se; b. Even if these CPCs are illegal, they claim that irregularly issued CPCs can no longer be legalized; c. They also alleged that by passing the resolution, the members of the city council can be made administratively liable by the Ombudsman.

Pardon me, but the councilors in so arguing that way are probably lying or they do not know what they are saying because: a. As already decided by the former DOTC secretary Leandro Mendoza in his Memorandum dated Feb. 28, 2007 and by RTC Judge Ruben Ayson in the Tip-Top mandamus case, franchises issued in violation of the moratorium imposed by the DOTC/LTFRB in Baguio City are illegal.

Former regional director Federico Mandapat Jr., also considered these franchises as illegal and void, so he suspended the renewals or extensions of their validities. Moreover, of late DOTC-CAR Director Celina Claver has submitted a list of thousands of irregularly issued CPCs with names of present operators, and recommended to the council that they be legalized. b. On the other hand, it is not true and correct as they say that irregularly issued CPCs cannot be legalized for, the LTFRB en banc in 2000 granted legalization to hundreds of taxi CPCs issued in violation of the Public Service Law and the moratorium upon the recommendation of the city council itself in its Resolution 323 s. 1999 sponsored by Vice mayor Daniel Farinas himself. In fact in 2005, the city council legalized the operation of more than 500 vans illegally operating in the city notwithstanding the truth that the power to legalize them is lodged with the LTFRB en banc and not with the city council; c. And for heaven’s sake, why would the councilors be answerable to the Ombudsman when the council is merely recommending legalization to the LTFRB en banc, as it did in 2000.

At any rate, the issue may not even come at all if the councilors previously opposing the measure will consider their positions, that is, assuming that Councilor Aliping who is running for congressman will submit PR 0042-10 for the final consideration of the council during the last two sessions before the elections.

I truly hope, they will.

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