A resolution supporting the opposition of the League of Cities against the ruling of the Supreme Court, converting the 16 municipalities into cities, was passed by the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod yesterday.
Authored by Councilor Caesar Distrito, the resolution said that on Feb. 15, 2011, the Supreme Court reversed its decision for the fourth time and declared the conversion of the 16 municipalities to cityhood, constitutional despite complaints that they did not meet the criteria stated in the Constitution.
The criteria are an annual income of P100 million, a population of 150,000 and land area of about 10,000 hectares, it said.
Associate Justice Antonio Carpio explained in his written dissenting opinion that the 16 Cityhood Laws violate Section 10, Article X of the 1987 Constitution, the resolution also said, adding that the Constitution is clear that the creation of local government units must follow the criteria set in the Local Government Code and not of any other law, it said.
The resolution said that on Nov. 2008, the Supreme Court stated in its decision denying with finality the motion for reconsideration filed by the 16 new cities, that no more pleadings will be entertained.
However, it reopened the case and considered the third motion they filed which became the basis for the reversal of its decision on Feb. 15, 2011, it said.
The creation of 16 new cities would mean P40-50 million less in Internal Revenue Allotment of Bacolod City annually, about P40 million less in the IRA of Bago City; P62 million in the annual budget of Kabankalan City; P30 million in Talisay City and P35 million in Silay City.
“We are not objecting or opposing the creation of the new cities as long as it follows the provisions of the Constitution and the Local Government Code,” the resolution said.
The creation of the questionable cities does not comply with the provision of the Local Government Code, thus it should not be approved, it added.*CGS