Mayor Duterte vetoes CLUP amendment

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte finally cast his decision over the controversial removal of 10% green space as stipulated in the recently amended Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP).

On Monday, the veto letter of Mayor Duterte dated last Friday, February 19 was released.

Duterte said he vetoed the recent move of the City Council to amend the CLUP because it is illegal.

“The subject matter is hereby vetoed pursuant to Section 55 (a) of Republic Act No. 7160 on the grounds that the same is vague and ambiguous, prejudicial to public interest and an exercise of legislative power in ultra vires,” said Duterte in his veto message.

In an interview after the First Presidential Debate in Cagayan De Oro yesterday, he said there is a legal block in the amendment.

“The City Legal Office said that it is ultra vires or beyond the power of the City Council to amend certain provisions of the national law,” said Duterte.

He further said legal officers disagreed in incorporating the 10% green space provision of the CLUP in the 30% open space imposed by the national law.

Last January 19, the City Council approved the scrapping the 10% green space in subdivisions in the CLUP and on January 26, the council further incorporated the green space in the 30% open space required by the national law intended for the construction of roads and drainage facilities.

Environmental groups have been appealing to the mayor to veto the amendment through series of signature campaigns.

Mayor Duterte was given 10 days to veto the amendment from the time it reached his office.

| Published in 105.9 Balita FM Facebook page: Mayor Duterte vetoes CLUP amendment, February 22, 2016

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