Taxpayer questions Caloocan measures
By: Nathaniel R. Melican
Philippine Daily Inquirer
June 12, 2013 11:41pm
Hilario Castro of Sangandaan, a Caloocan City resident, filed two petitions before the Regional Trial Court questioning the legality and seeking for the nullification and injunction of Resolution No. 2042 and Ordinance No. 0941 both series of 2013.
According to Castro, the ordinance amends the city’s P3.85-billion budget allocation for this year to provide “additional monthly allowances and other benefits for judges, prosecutors, public school teachers and other national government agencies stationed or assigned in Caloocan City” while the resolution confirms “all business transactions, contracts and obligations and agreements” entered into by outgoing Mayor Enrico Echiverri for implementation under the 2012 and 2013 budgets.
Castro alleged that the council suspended its internal rules without basis and passed the two measures after the Elder Echiverri, the newly elected congressman, requested for their immediate approval. The measures were approved in just one session instead of going through the procedure prescribed in the internal rules of the Local Government Code. There was no public hearing regarding the matter, the ordinance was enacted without the required first, second and third reading, and no referral to the appropriate committee. The approval of the resolution illegally gave Mayor Echiverri a blanket approval for his actions concerning the expenditure of public funds of the city and that was not allowed.
Local Government Code - It is the governing law on local governments which shall provide for a more accountable and responsive local government structure instituted through a system of decentralization. It also empowers local governments to enact local tax measures, including real property taxes....
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