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CALAMBA RTC CLEARS LAGUNA WATER DISTRICT JVA
In a decision signed last May 6, 2016, Calamba Regional Trial Court Judge Gregorio Velasquez dismissed the petition filed by Los Banos Councilor Norvin Tamisin last November 26, 2015 to prohibit the Laguna Water District from implementing a joint venture agreement with the consortium of Equi-Parco Construction Company, TwinPeak Hydro Resources Corporation, and MetroPac Water Investments Corporation to finance, rehabilitate, expand, improve, expand and maintain the water supply system of the towns of Los Banos, Bay, Calauan and Victoria.
Judge Velazquez dismissed the case for lack of merit citing that the court determined that Councilor Tamisin “failed to sufficiently allege acts constituting grave abuse of discretion amounting to excess or lack of jurisdiction that could warrant resort to the remedy of prohibition.”
Councilor Tamisin had previously filed a Petition for Mandamus with Application for Preliminary Injunction and/or Temporary Restraining Order last October 28, 2015 which was also dismissed last April 25, 2016. The court determined the petition “moot and academic” after the Laguna Water District provided the documents and information requested by Councilor Tamisin that complied with all the requirements for transparency under the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Joint Venture (JV) Guidelines for public-private partnership projects.