Rama not in favor of MCWD board members’ termination

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CEBU City Mayor Michael "Mike" Rama has decided not to follow the actions of the late Mayor Edgardo Labella against three members of the board of directors of the Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD).

City Attorney Eugene Orbita and lawyer Ferdinand Cañete filed a manifestation informing the court that Rama "decides not to adopt or continue and is not adopting or continuing the action of his predecessor."

During the incumbency of then-mayor Labella in October 2019, five members of MCWD's board of directors were issued a notice of termination by Labella due to dissatisfaction from a majority of the water utility's consumers over their services.

They were then chairman Joel Mari Yu; former Cebu City Councilors Procopio "Coping" Fernandez and Augustus "Jun" Pe Jr.; former City Attorney Ralph Sevilla; and lawyer Cecile Adlawan, who serves as board secretary.

In March 2021, the court reinstated Sevilla, Pe, and Adlawan by virtue of a temporary restraining order.

Following the death of Labella and the election of Rama as the new mayor of the city, the court asked the new chief executive whether he will maintain the act of then-mayor Labella to the pending suit.

In an interview with SunStar Cebu Wednesday, July 20, 2022, Rama admitted that he was not in favor of Labella's action in terminating the board directors.

Rama added that he does not want his name or even the City Government to be part of the case.

"Dili lang ko mo apil and I would not want the City Government under my stewardship to be a part of the case because at the beginning of the outset, conviction and principle wise, I was not in favor," said Rama. (IRT)

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