Lac­son cries foul

Guv-elect open to di­a­logue with anti-coal ad­vo­cates

Sun Star Bacolod - - Front Page - BY TERESA D. ELLERA

NE­GROS Oc­ci­den­tal Gover­nor-elect Eu­ge­nio Jose Lac­son yes­ter­day de­nies the ac­cu­sa­tions hurled against him by anti-coal ad­vo­cates in the prov­ince.

Lac­son said that even be­fore he takes his oath and as­sumes of­fice as the new gover­nor of Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal “some sec­tors have al­ready sowed ha­tred to­wards me.”

It is based on the fol­low­ing rea­sons “that I would re­peal Ex­ec­u­tive Or­der 1908 dated March 6, 2019 declar­ing the prov­ince as a source of clean and re­new­able en­ergy and a coal free prov­ince is­sued by out­go­ing Gover­nor Al­fredo Marañon Jr.; that I will not re­file the re­quest for an or­di­nance declar­ing the prov­ince as coal

free and that I ap­proved the coal-fired power plant in San Car­los City,” Lac­son said.

“Th­ese acts I have not done,” the in­com­ing gover­nor said.

First, on re­peal­ing EO 1908, he said, “I al­ready said that I will con­sult my lawyers. They have ad­vised me that there is no need to re­peal the EO. The EO will re­main en­forced.”

On the ac­cu­sa­tion that I will not re­file the re­quest for an or­di­nance declar­ing the prov­ince as coal free, Lac­son said “there is no need to file or a re­fil­ing be­cause the en­act­ment of the or­di­nance is still a sub­ject mat­ter that is still in process with the Sang­gu­nian Pan­lalaw­igan.”

He also said that he as­sumes that the in­com­ing mem­bers of SP will con­tinue.

“There are two com­mit­tees-en­ergy and en­vi­ron­ment that are study­ing it. It is chaired by re­elected board mem­bers so there is no need to re­file,” he pointed out.

On the third point, he said “it is not in the au­thor­ity of the Vice Gover­nor. I have no au­thor­ity to is­sue a build­ing per­mit of such a plant in San Car­los City.”

“We all know that it is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the lo­cal gov­ern­ment unit not the vice gover­nor nor the gover­nor,” he added.

Mean­while, Lac­son said he has re­ceived re­ports of a silent protest dur­ing the in­au­gu­ra­tion on June 29.

“We’re very demo­cratic. I would like to apol­o­gize to my col­leagues. This is not only my oath tak­ing but also of the vice gover­nor and board mem­bers, “he said.

Some of them were not even mem­bers of the SP yet, “so I apol­o­gize to them if it will bother them be­cause the protest is di­rected to me,” Lac­son also said.

We have se­cu­rity for the event so we just hope that they fol­low the guid­ance dur­ing the oc­ca­sion, he said.

Lacso said he has in­vited the bish­ops from the three dio­cese in the prov­ince.

Only Bishop Pa­tri­cio Bu­zon has con­firmed, one indi­cated he will not go and he has no word for other, he said.

How­ever, Lac­son said that the doors of the Of­fice of the Gover­nor is “open to them if they wish a di­a­logue.”*

TDE

GOVER­NOR Eu­ge­nio Jose Lac­son turns over the seal of the Sang­gu­ni­ang Pan­lalaw­igan to Vice Gover­nor Jef­frey Fer­rer (in­set) at the SP Ses­sion Hall yes­ter­day, June 26. The cer­e­mony was at­tended by out­go­ing and in­com­ing SP mem­bers.

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