Cortes blocks cockfighting ordinance
By Dale G. Israel
Cebu Daily News
Last updated 04:09pm (Mla time) 10/01/2007
Mandaue City, Philippines – It’s veto number two.
Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes returned an ordinance to the opposition-led City Council without stamping his approval.
The reason for the rejection: It contradicts a national law.
The ordinance vetoed by the mayor was supposed to ban cockfights in Mandaue City even during fiestas.
The move came after Cortes also vetoed the ordinance approved by the City Council that regulates the hiring of consultants and advisers.
According to Cortes, the ordinance banning cockfight contradicts Presidential Decree 449 otherwise known as Cockfighting Law of 1974, which allows the “holding of cockfights during Sundays and legal holidays and during local fiestas for not more than three days.”
“I exerted earnest efforts to reconcile and harmonize the herein ordinance for consideration to PD 449 but apparently, there is a clear, convincing and irreconcilable repugnancy between the two laws,” Cortes said in his veto message sent to the City Council Friday afternoon.
Cortes, in an interview, added that the ordinance authored by Majority Floor Leader Victor Biaño was trying to break a generally accepted Filipino tradition.
LOOKS LIKE THE BATTLE HAS STARTED......................