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Brgy officials threaten
suit versus OBO chief
BY ADRIAN NEMES III

“Stop the construction or we will sue”

The warning came from three Kagawads of Brgy Alangilan in Bacolod City to officer-in-charge Isidro Sun of the Office of the Building Official yesterday over the alleged continuous construction at the 6-hectare property of the Metro Safari Resort in their barangay without the permits and clearances required from various agencies.

In their letter to Sun, Kagawads Donard Alimpolo, Alex Sausi and Roy Retiza said they are giving the OBO five days to issue a notice of work stoppage to MSR, otherwise, they will be forced to file charges for violation of Presidential Decree 1096, or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and Abuse of Authority, against him and “all those people involved in this illegal activity” before the office of the deputy Ombudsman for the Visayas.

The barangay officials stressed that this request is made in accordance with the recommendation made by the Committee on Laws and Ordinances of the Sangguniang Panglungsod of Bacolod, headed by Councilor Caesar Distrito.

They said no less than Councilor El Cid Familiaran had presented pictures he took of the ongoing constructions in the area during the committee hearing on November 28, but until now, OBO has not taken any action on their complaint.

They claimed that when they complained to Sun, he just inquired why they were running after the project.

Contacted by the DAILY STAR, Sun denied having said that, and claimed that no one went to his office to personally complain against the MSR construction.

Sun reiterated that the office cannot issue notice of work stoppage to MSR because there is no construction to begin with. He said that once MSR starts construction without permits, then they will issue the notice.

As to the charges being posed by the officials, he said, it is their right to do so but said they are “making sure” before issuing a notice of stoppage to MSR, that there are enough evidences.

Sun said that unless he sees a steel bar being erected at the site, he cannot issue a work stoppage or else he will be technically charged.

Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella yesterday said that while he is supporting anything that would promote tourism, he is encouraging the owner of MSR, Francis Rey Cabuga, to comply with the requisites of the law.

Puentevella said if the owner of MSR fails to get permits then any construction in their premises should be stopped.*APN

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