• High Court thumbs down QC garbage fee

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    THE Supreme Court has temporarily restrained the Quezon City government from implementing its yearly garbage fees in Quezon City.

    In a resolution issued by the Court’s third division chaired by Justice Presbitero Velasco Jr., the high court issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) on the garbage fees ranging from P100 to P500 from the city‘s households.

    “We respect the SC [Supreme Court]. We believe in the wisdom of the Honorable Court. The integrity of the Magistrate.”

    So said Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista following the Supreme Court order to the local government to temporarily stop collecting garbage fees ranging from P100 to P500 on domestic households.

    The court granted a request made by Jose Ferrer Jr., a resident of Kamias Road in Quezon City on January 17 to slap a temporary restraining order to the collection of garbage fees.

    “We have yet to receive the official transmittal of the Supreme Court. We will submit the city’s pleading as soon as official documents are obtained,” Bautista told The Manila Times.

    Bautista was named respondents in Ferrer’s petition along with members of the city council, city treasurer and city assessor.

    Ferrer argued there was no need to collect a separate garbage fee from residents because this would amount to “double taxation.”

    Ferrer added that the garbage fee should already be covered by the city’s revenue collection, which according to him amounted to P13.69 billion in 2012.

    He said a small portion of the city revenues could be spent for garbage collection and other essential services.

    First District Councilor Victor “Jun” Ferrer the head of the council’s Committee on Ways and Means drew up the ordinance and claimed that the additional fees for garbage will augment the expected expenses of the local government once the K-to-12 program of the Department of Education is in place.

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