AVM lawyer hopeful abattoir to get permit

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

LAWYER Marvin Tañada, counsel of AVM Bernardo Slaughterhouse, operator of the city-owned abattoir in Barangay Handumanan, is hopeful that
Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella will eventually release the business permit of his client.

The City Permits and Licensing Division has withheld AVM’s permit as it is waiting for the City Legal Office to decide on its release. The slaughterhouse management has been accused by the City Government of violating their agreement.

“I believe the mayor is a man of reason and somebody who abides and upholds the rule of law. The issuance of a business permit is mandated by law and the question about the memorandum of agreement relative to the monthly rental is totally stranger to the issuance of the business permit. It can be ventilated in another forum,” Tañada said.


Puentevella was mum on the recommendation submitted by Atty. Cesar Beloria Jr., attorney III of CLO, stating that AVM should be granted business permit.

Beloria said the business permit application of AVM should be approved and released as there is no cogent and lawful ground to hold or restrain the same.

However, the same is without prejudice to the remedy to be exercised by the City of Bacolod relative to the memorandum of agreement involving the subject AVM and the City of Bacolod which is totally a separate matter, he added.

Tañada said the legal opinion of Beloria is within the bounds of law and jurisprudence.

“I am very interested to see if there is another lawyer who can find another provision of law that contradicts the legal opinion of Atty. Beloria. In my legal opinion and in the opinion of other legal minds, the issue on back rental is totally stranger to the application for a business permit,” he added.

City Legal Officer Sarah Villamor has asked Beloria to explain why he furnished copies of his legal opinion to the Sangguniang Panlungsod, City Treasurer’s Office, and Permits and Licensing Division when Puentevella has already made his public pronouncement that he will end the city’s agreement with AVM Bernardo.

Beloria reasoned out that his report and recommendation was based on prevailing facts and applicable law, and should not be bound by external influence or pressure.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on July 16, 2014.

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