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Naga politikos win case vs terminal operator

Nov 15, 2015 @ 11:53

Members of the city council of Naga have been cleared of a lawsuit filed by a private firm over the operation of the city’s transport terminal, Bicol Central Station (BCS).

Vice mayor Nelson Legacion reported that the Office of the Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon dismissed the criminal and administrative complaint filed by FPM Corp.

FPM was the operator of BCS, formerly the Naga City Central Bus Terminal, which sued the city council after it did not renew its contract to manage the terminal.

In its resolution, the Ombudsman said it found no probable cause and/or substantial evidence to hold the city officials criminally and administratively liable.

“The Bicol Central Station is owned by the City, hence, cannot be precluded from its management and operation,” it ruled, adding that FPM “cannot claim any vested right to manage or operate (BCS perpetually or to demand its renewal as a matter of right.”

The Ombudsman further stated that “basic is the rule that contracts can be renewed only by mutual consent of the parties.”

FPM went to court after the city government took over the operation and maintenance of the bus terminal after its contract with FPM expired.

Naga mayor John Bongat praised the Ombudsman’s ruling.

“The recent Ombudsman decision affirms the propriety and legality of the city government’s peaceful takeover of the terminal. At the end of the day, the law and the interests of all Nagueños, over and above anybody’s personal interests, shall prevail,” he said in a statement.

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