MCIA gen­eral man­ager fac­ing con­tempt com­plaint


Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - By Morex­ette Marie B. Er­ram COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Al­though he was asked by the Re­gional Trial Court to ex­plain why he should not be cited in di­rect con­tempt, lawyer Steve Dicdi­can, a board mem­ber of the Mac­tan Cebu In­ter­na­tional Air­port Au­thor­ity (MCIAA), re­it­er­ated the MCIAA’s stand of not heed­ing the Supreme Court or­der to pay busi­ness­man Richard Unchuan P482 mil­lion for two parcels of land used by the Mac­tan Cebu In­ter­na­tional Air­port (MCIA).

Dicdi­can, who is also MCIA gen­eral man­ager, how­ever, said in a state­ment on Fri­day that he would pro­vide an ex­pla­na­tion to the court.

He also re­it­er­ated the MCIAA’s stand on the is­sue that he an­nounced in a press brief­ing on Oc­to­ber 4.

“Com­pli­ance of the Supreme Court de­ci­sion is not on the ta­ble. If we do not fight this now, MCIAA will be­come bank­rupt and there will be no air­port left. ... I have all the re­spect for the (SC) as an in­sti­tu­tion, but, as with all hu­man in­sti­tu­tions, it is far from in­fal­li­ble, given the con­spir­a­cies and cir­cum­stances go­ing around,” Dicdi­can said in a state­ment on Fri­day.

Unchuan sought the court’s as­sis­tance af­ter Dicdi­can’s Oc­to­ber 4 press brief­ing.

The Lapu-Lapu City Re­gional Trial Court is­sued an or­der dated Oc­to­ber 6 com­pelling MCIA gen­eral man­ager Steve Dicdi­can, who was the speaker dur­ing a press con­fer­ence their or­ga­ni­za­tion held last Oc­to­ber 4, to jus­tify why he should not be cited in con­tempt of court.

Act­ing pre­sid­ing judge Ester Veloso gave Dicdi­can 15 days, af­ter re­ceiv­ing a copy of the or­der, to pro­vide the court an ex­pla­na­tion.

“(Dicdi­can) had a press con­fer­ence be­fore the lo- cal me­dia where he ut­tered state­ments that ap­pear to be con­tu­ma­cious and show com­plete dis­re­gard of the sub ju­dice rule. Dur­ing the press con­fer­ence and as broad­casted in TV Pa­trol Cen­tral Visayas, (he) said that (Unchuan) was an il­le­git­i­mate claimant, and that this court and the court sher­iff was wrong,” Veloso stated in the or­der.

“The act of Atty. Dicdi­can is pub­licly dis­cussing his dis­ap­proval of the de­ci­sion of the Supreme Court (SC) and his open dec­la­ra­tion to defy it brought the au­thor­ity of the court and the ad­min­is­tra­tion of law into dis­re­pute,” Judge Veloso said.

The Supreme Court ear­lier ruled in fa­vor of Unchuan as the “true and le­gal” owner of two lots in Barangay Buaya in La­puLapu City, and or­dered the MCIAA to pay him P482 mil­lion as rent from 2004 up to 2016, when the ju­di­ciary handed their de­ci­sion on the case.

In a let­ter dated Septem­ber 18, the Of­fice of the Pres­i­dent also is­sued an or­der ad­dressed to Dicdi­can, in­struct­ing MCIAA of­fi­cials to fol­low and act on the rul­ing of the SC.

Lots 4810-A and B, with an area ap­prox­i­mately 150,000 square me­ters wide, are lo­cated within the 797-hectare air­port com­plex wherein por­tions of it are used for the Mac­tan cir­cum­fer­en­tial road.

But on Oc­to­ber 4, 2017, Dicdi­can held a press con­fer­ence an­nounc­ing the MCIAA’s stand on the is­sue.


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