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The Running Lawyer. Attorney Ritchie R. Regala.

The Running Lawyer. Attorney Ritchie R. Regala.

Legazpi City  [08.16.16] – There is a censorship in the City – and the hallmark of a local totalitarian is being constructed, slowly. The City Hall officials has first embarked on a collective consensus first before endeavoring to stifle an alleged false opinion. No matter how sure they are, stifling  would still be an evil act.

A prominent Legazpi City-based lawyer has opined,  that the Sangguniang Panglungsod ng Legazpi’s resolution declaring three local broadcasters as as persona non grata, was a violative to the constitutional rights of the media men and called the declaration a “simple expressions of the members who signed it.”

This was the opinion said by Attorney Ritchie R. Regala, during the interview on Wednesday afternoon, about the legal implications of the resolution to the media practitioners that were declared as persona non grata.

A resolution authored by City Councilor Esmael “Maeng” Santillan was passed and  approved by the Sangguniang Panglungsod ng Legazpi recently declaring broadcasters; Adam Claveria, Adrian Loterte and Plaridel Persia as – persona non-grata.

The author of the controversial resolution. Legazpi City Councilor Esmael Santillan.

The author of the controversial resolution. Legazpi City Councilor Esmael Santillan.

In a gist, the resolution had became controversial due to the explicit prohibitions contained in the resolution barring the three media men from entering any premise of the city hall and other offices, banning interviews with any city officials and denying the three, in availing Legazpi City the services of any local government unit’s projects and programs.

The tirades on air of the three broadcasters against Legazpi City Mayor Noel E. Rosal governance was construed by the signatories of the resolutions – as derogatory to the integrity of the City Mayor and has damaged the good reputation of the city, another sorce said.

City Councilor Santillan was not available for comments as of posting time.