City legal cases endorsed to Lim administration  

A smooth transition from the Fernandez administration to the Lim administration was effected by then outgoing Mayor Belen Fernandez on June 30 in an official ceremony held at the City Tourism Office on Bonifacio Street.

It was attended by outgoing Councilor Redford Erfe-Mejia and Maximo Alexis Tan as representatives of incoming Mayor Brian Lim.

Six files of official documents that recorded official transactions of the Dagupan City government for the past six years were turned over including the unresolved legal cases filed that involved the administration of her predecessor, Mayor Benjamin Lim.

“I entrust to the new administration a trail of legal cases still pending in courts. It is regrettable that because our judicial system is exceedingly grinding slow, I have not yet seen any resolution to these cases in my six years in office”, Fernandez told Lim’s representatives.

The turnover ceremony was witnessed by DILG City Director Marlyn Laguipo and all department heads of the Dagupan City government.

The five unresolved cases that involved the city government:1) The alleged anomalous acquisition and sale of the MCAdore Property. 2)  The alleged P16-million civil case in purchase of the Awai property. 3) The questioned purchase of P40-million dredging machine. 4) The unliquidated cash in city coffers amounting to P100 million. 5) The alleged illegal construction of a building under the name of Elexces Construction.

“I hope the new administration will not desist from pursuing the city’s rightful claims in these cases because these involved public funds, and public funds have to be protected at all times,” she intoned.

Fernandez told newsmen later that the Commission on Audit is aware of these cases. 

It was learned that in the P16 million civil case involving the Awai property, RTC Judge Dalaten dismissed this last June 25 this year but City Legal Officer Geraldine Francisco filed a motion for reconsideration on June 27.   “I, therefore go on record today that henceforth, after this ceremony, the new administration shall now be accountable in pursuing these cases as I and more than 147,000 people will be watching from the sidelines, expecting that all parties involved shall be brought to justice,” she said. (Leonardo Micua)

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