BY CHRYSEE SAMILLANO
The Regional Trial Court declared City Ordinance 454, or the “takeover ordinance” null and void for being violative of the Constitutional guarantee on the right to due process and non-impairment of contractual obligations, in the civil case filed by Bacolod Real Estate Development Corp. against Bacolod City.
The case was filed in January 2008 by BREDCO, represented by its president Simplicio Palanca, against the City of Bacolod, former Mayor Evelio Leonardia, Vice Mayor Jude Thaddeus Sayson, Councilors Al Victor Espino, Dindo and Kevin Daniel Ramos, Homer Bais, Councilor Roberto Rojas and former Councilors Greg Gasataya and Celia Flor for the passage of C.O. 454.
BREDCO asked the court to declare C.O. 454 null and void for being unconstitutional.