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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, January 20, 2011
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‘Motel could face
harsher action’


The Bacolod City government may take harsher actions against the Bacolod Imperial Court in Brgy. 6, Bacolod City if it continues to operate despite the closure order imposed on it by the city government, City Legal Officer Joselito Bayatan said yesterday.

The motel was shut down by the Bacolod City Legal Enforcement team on Dec. 30, 2010 for operating without a Mayor’s Permit.

Cesar Beloria Jr., City Legal Enforcement Team head, said they are trying to confirm reports that the motel continues to operate despite the closure order.

He said they were informed that vehicles continue to enter the motel at night and they want to confirm whether these are owned by motel employees, or its customers, since the closure order still stands, he added.

Bayatan said the closure is only temporary but the motel should comply with the requirements of the city. “The city is asking them to respect the order,” he said.

If there is a violation, they will look into the non-compliance of the directive, he added.

Beloria said that if the motel continues to operate, he will report on the matter and submit his recommendations.

The president of the Bacolod Imperial Court Inc. had requested for the issuance of a mayor’s permit, saying that they have fully complied with all requirements to operate the motel.

BICI president Juan Gochanco wrote Mayor Evelio Leonardia saying they have complied with City Ordinance 326, Series of 2003, or an ordinance regulating the establishment, maintenance and operation of places and facilities of amusement and games of chance, and such other similar place,” which include motels.

Meanwhile, concerned citizens from various sectors and organizations formed the Bacolod Citizens Alliance for Good Governance in response to the call of President Benigno Aquino III for citizens’ vigilance and participation in the crusade against public corruption and civic apathy, a press release from the group said.

The release said BCAGG opposes the proposed redistricting of Bacolod City at this time saying it is divisive and ultimately, lacks social acceptability, and is not cost effective.

The core members of BCAGG are Negrenses for Noynoy Movement and leaders and representatives of non-government organizations, urban poor, labor, and other sectoral and political formations, the release added.*CGS




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