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June 18 celebration
still on, mayor says

BY CHRYSEE SAMILLANO

The show must go on!

Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia yesterday said they are pushing through with the 75th commemoration of the signing of the Charter Day in Bacolod City on June 18 because they believe this is the right thing to do.

Leonardia has issued Executive Order No. 4, Series of 2013 designating City Administrator John Orola as executive director for the diamond (75th) year celebration of the signing into law of the Charter of Bacolod on June 18, 2013.

“So all is set and we are preparing for June 18 and we do not see any problem,” he said, despite a disbarment case filed by a certain Sarah Esguerra against him for transferring the celebration of the Charter Day from October 19 to June 18.

June 18 marks the signing into law of Commonwealth Act 326 by President Manuel L. Quezon, which is the Act Creating the City of Bacolod. The law specifically states that, it would take effect immediately.

Leonardia said Esguerra will have her day in Court. This is one crazy case and we know it is just part of the political season, he said.

He recalled that Orola had put Esguerra behind bars when she used to work for him when he was congressman of Bacolod.

Orola said, "We should not be disturbed by anything that is meaningless. We should go on with our plans since there are many big events coming up, like the Panaad Festival, and Independence Day, among others."

He said that during the commemoration of the signing of the Charter Day anniversary, they will come up with so many meaningful activities involving 75 attractive personalities, a foot parade, and they will be in consultation with various sectors in the city.

He said they will also get the involvement of Bacoleños overseas. They will try to do their best to come up with a memorable celebration since this is the last term of Leonardia as mayor of Bacolod, he added.

Leonardia said this is some kind of a “3-in-1” affair because it includes the Philippine Independence Day on June 12, the Charter day signing on June 18, and the birthday of national hero Dr. Jose P. Rizal on June 19.

City Legal Officer Joselito Bayatan said he sees no conflict between the June 18 and October 19 celebration despite the fact that the National Historical Commission has issued its opinion that the Charter Day is Oct. 19.

He said the city is just giving emphasis on the historical fact that the Charter of Bacolod was signed on June 18.

Leonardia said "We don't dispute the significance of October 19, because that was when the first set of officials of Bacolod assumed their posts. But we believe that there would be no October 19 Charter Day if not for the signing of the Commonwealth Act on June 18, 1938."

This is everybody’s celebration, and he is confident that, with a chairman like Orola, who has a very significant background in organizing these things, plus his international exposure, he believes this is going to be a celebration worthy of the 75th commemoration of the signing of the Charter of Bacolod, he said *CGS

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