Local News: Palace Declines SP Request ‘JUNE 18 NOT A PUBLIC HOLIDAY’
Malacañang last night thumbed down the request of Bacolod City to declare Monday, June 18 as a special non-working holiday to celebrate the day when the City Charter was signed by the late President of the Philippine Commonwealth, Manuel Luis Quezon, creating the City of Bacolod way back in the year 1938.
In a fax message to the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Bacolod last night, the Palace through Deputy Executive Secretary for Legal Affairs, informed the Bacolod SP that while Commonwealth Act No. 326 creating Bacolod City was signed on June 18, 1938, Republic Act No. 7724 clearly states that the celebration for the Charter Anniversary of Bacolod City must be every October 19.
The Palace letter, copies of which were furnished Mayor Evelio R. Leonardia and Congressman Anthony Rolando Golez, Jr., among others, states in part:
"This pertains to Resolution 386, Series of 2012, requesting for a Presidential issuance declaring 18 June 1938 as a special non-working holiday for the celebration of the signing into law of the Charter of Bacolod City.
"Upon a careful study of the pertinent laws on the matter, this office is inclined to deny your request. Although the Charter creating Bacolod City was signed on 18 June, 1938, it should be noted that Republic Act No. 7724 clearly states that the celebration of the Charter Anniversary of Bacolod City must be every October 19.
"R.A. No. 7724 is unambiguous. The celebration of the Charter of Bacolod City should be on October 19. A contrary proclamation by this office maybe misconstrued as a violation of the legal precept that laws can only be amended or modified by another law.
"In the same manner, although the administrative code has unequivocally vested the President of the Philippines with lawmaking powers in the issuance of executive orders, administrative orders, proclamations, memorandum orders, general or special orders, these issuances must always adhere within the confines of the law.......
"In view of R.A. No. 7724 and in order to avoid confusion. this office hereby denies your request."
Meanwhile, Leonardia last night was quoted as saying that despite the adverse action of Malacañang, the schedule of activities for the Charter Day celebration will go on as earlier planned, with no less than Vice President Jejomar Binay as guest of honor and speaker.*