29 August 2006

City Hall gets a reprieve

EARLY THIS morning, Mayor Jesse Robredo texted me that he has "secured a TRO" and will push through with his speaking engagement in Quezon City today.

When I reported at the office at 6:40 am, Sandy Zantua of Metro PESO confirmed the news: at around 11 pm last night, City Legal Officer Nelson Legacion read the text of a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) that effectively maintained status quo, to the delight of the crowd that massed at City Hall last night. I am not sure if it came from the Supreme Court, but most probably it did; I will post a copy later.

This should calm things down a little bit over the next few weeks. On the positive side, it means we will be able to complete the remaining five or so sectoral planning events without a hitch. And we will be able to focus on the "Dream Cities" event arranged by the Institute of Solidarity in Asia (ISA) tomorrow with minimum distraction. But the storm is still there lurking, and these interesting times are far from over.