Ex-BCDA execs ‘off the hook’ in John Hay dispute


The appellate court upheld its earlier ruling clearing former officials of the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) of any administrative liability in connection with development of the 247-hectare Camp John Hay in Baguio City.

Penned by Associate Justice Renato Francisco, the Former Seventh Division of Court of Appeals (CA) junked the petition filed by Camp John Hay Development Corp. (CJHDevCo) seeking the reversal of the tribunal’s ruling on Jan. 23, 2018.

The decision was concurred by CA Associate Justices Japar Dimaampao and Rodil Zalameda.

The CA ruled that the petitioner failed to raise new arguments, thus affirming the resolution issued by the Ombudsman dismissing the administrative complaint against BCDA board of gross inexcusable negligence and causing delays in the issuance of permits and clearances to CJHDevco.

“A perusal of petitioner’s motion for reconsideration, however, reveals rehashed arguments that had already been exhaustively discussed and squarely passed upon by this court in the decision sought to be reconsidered,” the CA ruled in its decision dated May 16, 2018.

The court also stressed that there is no basis to reverse the ruling of the Ombudsman since it is supported by the evidence on record.

Exonerated were former BCDA chairmen Arnel Paciano Casanova and Felicito Payumo and former directors Zorayda Amelia Alonzo, Teresita Desierto, Ma. Aurora Geotina-Garcia, Ferdinand Golez, Elmar Gomez and Maximo Sangil.