Said resolution was passed after City Engr. Orlando Rebato failed to attend a committee inquiry on the issue this week despite being summoned by the Committees on Public Utilities and Environment of the Sanggunian Panlungsod.
Rebato was invited by Councilors Raul Rosal and Jesus Baldo, respective chairs of both committees, to explain why a new mall was allowed to be constructed even without the necessary building permit and an Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
The controversy began when Councilor Rosal noticed the absence of a billboard showing its compliance with the building permit requirement at the construction site of Yashano Mall.
In an interview with Radyo Veritas Legazpi, Rosal said he visited the site in Brgy. Bitano, this city to ask where the permit was, but was brushed off by the workers.
This prompted him to file a query with the office of Rebato, which was left unanswered.
Rosal also asked Rebato to furnish his committee with a list of construction sites in the city which do not have building permits, but his request was not heeded.
Baldo also asked for the same list from Rebato’s office, but it was likewise dodged by the city engineer.
Rosal told Radyo Veritas Legazpi that he had doubts with regard to the actuation of Rebato and is contemplating to seek answers through legal channels.
Insiders at the city hall, however, say that the office of the mayor is a stumbling block that should be hurdled.
Rosal vs Rosal
Councilor Raul Rosal is the brother of Mayor Noel Rosal, while the City Engr. is an appointee of the mayor.
This is the second time that the Rosal brothers appear to be occupying different sides of the fence.
It will be recalled that a couple of years ago, the councilor also hit the city hall when it exposed a supposed scam involving the issuance of tricycle franchises.
The fiasco led to the investigation of two employees of the Sanggunian Panlungsod and the eventual resignation of the city legal officer, who is another mayoral appointee. (by Joey B. Garalde)