Aquino told he got wrong advice on Baguio bill



BAGUIO CITY—President Benigno Aquino III said he vetoed a bill amending the 1909 Baguio City Charter because it included provisions that create “a kingdom of Baguio.”

The President brought up the controversial Baguio charter issue as he criticized city officials running against Team PNoy’s Baguio slate at a campaign rally in Burnham Park on March 17.

The measure was sponsored by reelectionist Mayor Mauricio Domogan, who first filed it as representative in 2001, and was shepherded in Congress by reelectionist Baguio Rep. Bernardo Vergara.

Domogan and Vergara are with the United Nationalist Alliance.

“Wait a minute, are they already forming a Kingdom of Baguio?” Mr. Aquino said, pointing to a charter provision that allows the Baguio mayor to mobilize the police or military to quell “public disturbances.”

Mixed up

Vergara said there is no such provision in the bill passed by the bicameral conference committee.

The original draft charter, written and circulated in 2001 by the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG), does grant the mayor power to “call upon the appropriate law enforcement agencies to suppress disorder, riot, lawless violence, rebellion or sedition, and to apprehend violators of the law when public interest so requires and the city police forces are inadequate to cope with the situation or the violators.”

FLAG’s draft was written before Domogan’s initiative.

Some city officials and lawyers here believe the President may have mixed up provisions of House Bill No. 121 (which was renamed HB 3759 in the bicameral committee last year) with provisions of another measure that tries, for the third time, to convert the Cordillera into an autonomous region.

The Cordillera autonomy bill, which is pending in Congress, grants the prospective governor authority to tap the police and the military to handle a public crisis, they said.


Wrong advice

At a news conference on March 20, Virgilio Bautista, cochair of the Regional Development Council, said Malacañang should reexamine the amended Baguio charter which Mr. Aquino vetoed, instead of listening to advisers who are not familiar with issues confronting the city.

“There are some issues that need to be clarified… The proposed charter has a lot of advantages. One of the major things is the clarification of boundaries,” said Bautista.

The President endorsed the Baguio candidates of Team PNoy at the rally and, without naming names, compared Baguio officials to his predecessor, ex-President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

“If there is a chance to deceive the people, they would do it,” said the President.

“They are no longer on Kennon Road, but they still operate like the zigzag road,” he said, a reference to his good governance platform, “tuwid na daan” (righteous path). Vincent Cabreza and Frank Cimatu, Inquirer Northern Luzon

Get Inquirer updates while on the go, add us on these apps:

Inquirer Viber

Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.

  • noyab

    mr president, retard ka talaga, ang hilig mong manilip, bakit di mo sinilip yan ng congressman and senator ka pa lang,,,sana may achievements ka rin,,,,pulpol

  • Maldi2

    As expected if you are outside of the fence, you won’t get any support from this retard prexy. This is what TUWAD NA DAAN is! WTF!

  • coladu

    MR. PNOY, please read!

  • Guest

    naku! eto tayo na lacierda ang adviser siguro lang..Isang araw mahulog na sa zigzag na na tagong daan yan..Di kasi nagbabasa muna

  • kapatad

    konting tiis na lang po tayo kay P’Noy. Malalampasan din ang pagdurusang inaabot natin sa kanya.

    • 26ponks

      tama tiis na lang..ganyan naman lahat ang nangyayari sa pinas..pag hindi kasama …walang grasya…kay GMA nga ganyan din, mga kakampi ang sikat, taz may kasama pang bigtime na pangungurakot..9 years yun…kaya tiis na lang at 3 years na lang hahaha…

      • nakatutok

        napagtiisan nga natin na 9 years as congressman at 3 years as senator na WALANG GINAWA etong si PNoy..kaya wag na tayo UMASA na may gagawin din ito ngayon..

  • doublecross

    tama nga naman, d2 sa baguio, mga bahay ang dumami,hindi ang turismo.
    kaya si domogan at vergara, walang ginawa kundi mag-corrupt na lang sila.

  • kismaytami

    No wonder this stooge can’t get his acts straight. His advisers are clueless KKKs.

  • Loggnat

    Another embarrassment caused by those people advising Aquino. They occur on important issues too ie COMELEC appointments, not consulting other Christians Muslims and other indigenous groups that lives in the land that were about to be given to appease the MILF, and last but not the least, not actually talking or at least sending an emissary that the sultan of Sulu will listen to in the Malaysian fiasco by the sultanates action. President Aquino needs to reassess and reevaluate the people that advises him on critical and important issues to reinforce and improve his decision making and cause him minimal embarrassment. The decision or excuse given for veto was based on an outdated copy of the bill and the advisers were not even capable of acquiring the actual copy of the bill that was passed for evaluation before it reaches the president for signature. I have to have faith, that the office of the president of the Philippines can do much, much better than that!

  • nakatutok

    9 years as congressman, 3 years as senator with NO BILLS PASSED……..

  • doublecross

    etong si domogan, finacier ng jueting at collector ng pasugalan d2 sa baguio, ask mo sa kapatid nyang pulis. BWUS**T!

To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.

Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:

c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94


editors' picks



latest videos