By Mortz C. Ortigoza
Many elected officials committed these boo-boos. They look stupid because they open their mouth without enough understanding of a legal question or topic or did not ask an advice from a lawyer or those who understand the law.
Here’s a city councilor who lambast the mayor who wants to build a government building in a lot donated by a resident of the city.
The lawmaker harangued the mayor in the media and the public meetings because there was no road going from the main highway to the edifice.
Son of a gun, did the councilor not hear about Eminent Domain, Expropriation, and Easement?
These three words are defined by laws where one can get a right way in going to the building.
EMINENT DOMAIN means the right of a government or its agent to expropriate private property for public use, with payment of compensation.
EXPROPRIATION means the action by the state or an authority of taking property from its owner for public use or benefit.
EASEMENT means a right to cross or otherwise use someone else's land for a specified purpose.
When I bumped into Dagupan City Mayor Belen T. Fernandez after her recent State of the City Address (SOCA) at the Stadia and told her about this pronouncement of the councilor and quoted by a national daily, she told me the District Congressman Toff de Venecia has appropriation of P73 million for the highway going to the proposed new city hall.
“There is a road leading from the national highway to the city hall, how can there be none?” she told me.