Court junks petition vs Cebu City’s Inayawan landfill rehab and closure

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THE CLOSURE and rehabilitation of the Inayawan Sanitary Landfill in Cebu City can now proceed as planned after a regional trial court (RTC) junked a petition for a temporary restraining order and/or writ of preliminary prohibition filed by a construction company. “Even assuming that this court finds the application to be meritorious and grants the same, such order may not be enforced in the province of Cebu where the act sought to be enjoined is allegedly being committed,” reads a portion of the order of Judge Catherine P. Manodon of the RTC-Branch 104 in Quezon City. Expedition Construction Corp. asked the court to stop the Cebu City government from allowing another company, Full Advantage Phil. International Inc. (FAPII), to complete the contract for the closure and rehabilitation of the landfill. Expedition Construction alleged that the previous administration, led by former mayor Michael L. Rama, accepted their unsolicited proposal on the landfill rehabilitation in 2014. The city government under the current administration awarded the contract to FAPII. City of Cebu, through lawyers Joseph Bernaldez and Bernard Inocentes Garcia, denied the submission of an unsolicited proposal in 2014 for lack of knowledge sufficient to form a belief as to the truth. Mr. Garcia said the city government will now ask the court to dismiss the case. — The Freeman