Manila City council overrides Lim’s veto of ordinance vs oil depots

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Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines–For now, the oil depot in Pandacan will have to go.

With 28 votes, the City Council of Manila on Thursday reversed Mayor Alfredo Lim’s veto of the ordinance seeking to kick out the oil storage facilities in Pandacan.

The council suspended the rules and tackled Ordinance No. 8283 even if it was not in Thursday’s agenda.

Ordinance 8283 reclassifies the Pandacan oil depot area from industrial to commercial, which will force the oil companies to transfer their storage facilities.

To avoid confusion, the council decided to hold a nominal voting, where each councilor will be called and will state whether they are in favor of overriding the veto or not.

“We will lose taxes and jobs for the city if we boot out the oil companies. That’s why we amended the ordinance before (referring to Ordinance 8187 in 2009 that made the Pandacan an industrial zone),” Lim said in an earlier interview.

The main author of Ordinance 8283, Councilor Jocelyn Dawis-Asuncion, however, told the INQUIRER: “The bulk of those taxes paid by the oil companies came from real property tax. And the land will still be there even if the oil companies go.”

Asuncion said that once the oil depot is gone, the 33 hectares of land could be developed to generate more jobs for Manila residents and additional income for the city government.

“There would be hospitals, government institutions, schools, malls and other commercial establishments. Of course, there would be room for housing,” Asuncion said.

Asuncion has been pushing for the relocation of the oil depot since 2001, after the 9/11 terror attacks against the United States. The Supreme Court has twice upheld that the presence of the oil depot in a largely populated area poses a threat to the residents.

Of the so-called “Big 3” oil companies that operate in Pandacan, only Petron Corp. has manifested its intent to leave.

Eduardo Quintos XVI, Rodolfo Lacsamana and SK representative Eunice Castro voted against the override.

Niño dela Cruz, Richard Ibay, Moises Lim, Ramon Morales, Luciano Veloso and Luis Uy were absent in the council session while Josefina Siscar left before the voting.

Liga ng Barangay representative Salvador Lacuna and 27 councilors voted in favor of the override–Asuncion, Ernesto Dionisio Jr., Erick Ian Nieva, Dennis Alcoriza, Irma Alfonso-Juson, Marlon Lacson, Edward Tan, Ruben Buenaventura, Numero Lim, Ramon Robles, Ma. Asuncion Fugoso, John Marvin Nieto, Ernesto Isip Jr., Bernardito Ang, Joel Chua, Don Juan Bagatsing, Ma. Sheilah Lacuna-Pangan, Edward Maceda, Jocelyn Quintos, Louisito Chua, Raymundo Yupangco, Cristina Isip, Roberto Ortega Jr., Rafael Borromeo, Danilo Victor Lacuna Jr., Elizabeth Rivera and Casimiro Sison.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PJTH3SHQU3B4TCUVRH2UXZCJDY Balahura

    kwarta o buhay mayor LIM?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_G7ROPG2J6GSEKG6KUYD3D5K6AE enteng

      Lim doesn’t care about the life of people around the depot. What is important to him is to fill his pocket.  

      • http://www.facebook.com/ivanlery.villanueva Ivan Lery Vicente Villanueva

        mayor lim doesnt need much money hes almost 90 years old and i think he knows he cant bring him money on his grave medyo ill adivised lang siguro..

      • suroy_suroy

         Are there in Manila no younger, suitable persons for mayor?

  • Hey_Dudes

    Well, if these council members really feel the Oil Depot, a depot that has been in place long before rows upon rows of houses got built within it’s perimeters is a danger to the community, why not also declare the Ninoy Airport and it’s terminals moved away to another area?  Should a jumbo jet or any other types of aircraft come crashing down along it’s densely populated routes will be equally disastrous as when any of the oil storage should burst into flames? In life there are risk isn’t it what life is all about? 

    • http://www.facebook.com/ivanlery.villanueva Ivan Lery Vicente Villanueva

      pare yun jumbo jet naman eh controlled by a “pilot” mas lesser ang chance of disaster nun than a terrorist flaming up the depots!go figure it out… just to give you an idea parang 100 jumbo jet na sumabog sabay sabay ang explosion na kayang gawin ng pagsabog ng oil depot…

  • http://www.facebook.com/ivanlery.villanueva Ivan Lery Vicente Villanueva

    why not transfer the oil depot sa areas na malayo sa city?in that way magkakaroon pa ng economic activity dun sa pag lilipatan diba?and anong gagawin sa old oil depot?edi gawin business district ng manila, manila na lang kasi ang walang places like ortigas cbd,makati cbd at eastwood even pasay have moa as cbd.

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