Atty. Arnel Paciano D. Casanova, President and CEO of the Bases Conversion & Development Authority (BCDA) in an open letter to Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan and the City Government of Baguio reiterated that the people of Baguio deserves a leadership that will put their interest ahead at all times. If I were to interview them here are the questions I want to ask both of them: This is for Atty. Arnel Paciano D. Casanova,
1, What is the rationale behind the open letter? Did you try to reach out to Mayor Domogan and he refused to talk to you?
2.You said in your statement that BCDA called on the local government leaders to support the state authority in its battle with erstwhile developer Camp John Hay Development Corporation (CJH Devco) and stand for the people of Baguio City in its bid to collect almost P3.4-billion in rental arrears, in which the City of Baguio stands to receive 25-percent or P850-million. But Baguio received less than that amount? What happened to the 500 plus million?
3. Why didn’t you want to compromise with Camp John Hay Development Corporation (CJH Devco) wouldn’t it better to just work with them?
4. Your group wants the public to believe that you are partner of CJHDevco in developing Baguio when in fact it’s more like just making life difficult for CJHDevCo. Why is that?
5. How would you react to the statement of Mayor Domogan as featured here
Here are my 5 Questions for Mayor Domogan:
1. When you read about the Open Letter? Did you have the urge to pick up the phone to call and settle this dispute?
2. What kind of legal remedies are you preparing to make sure that Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) will comply with the 19 conditionalities for the development of Camp John Hay?
3.Last year, you threatened to file a case against the BCDA because you felt disappointment over the bodies’ disregard of the conditions particularly when BCDA challenged the city’s authority to impose business, building and occupancy permit requirements on new constructions within the John hay Special Economic Zone. Why didn’t you pursue the case?
4. BCDA amended its lease contract with the Ayala Company and extended the term for 75 years without notifying the City Government which is a clear violation of Condition #16 which states that, “The BCDA shall effect the transfer of ownership of the land and its built-up and improved structures within the Zone from the BCDA to the Baguio City Government upon the expiration of the land-lease agreement between the BCDA and its designated developer in accordance with the policy and procedures provided by law. How this is even possible that they can strike a deal with the Ayala’s which will benefit your city but you were left out in the call. Do you plan to seek legal remedy from the courts to enforce this terms stipulated in the contract?
5. After answering the open letter what’s next? What do you plan to do?