It looks like a "$64 dollar question" why of all things, the City Legal Office has chosen to keep the Deed of Acceptance away from the scrutinizing eyes of the City Council and insisted it to become the only stumbling block why the City Council decided to withhold its endorsement for the payment of freight charges for a donation of "life saving equipment" from the States that includes two used ambulances, 10 brand new inflatable boats, three fiberglass speed boats, and two Jet Skis. The P15M worth of donations with P2.6M as freight is now the object of unfathomable surprise from independent observers why the City Legal Office is behaving as if it wants "to lose by default" in the city's claim over the donated items just for the sole reason of withholding the Deed of Acceptance to be viewed and scrutinized by the City Council. And the Legal Office cannot just decide on its own but it must be through "an order from higher authority" at the city hall. It's one of the example how the city is wasting a rare opportunity to have those donations slip our hands by "omission" and by "lack of foresight." And Mayor Mike Rama cannot just easily wash his hands over this tragic case of glaring "incompetence" to appreciate this valuable donation to Cebu City.
Footnote: This comment came out in connection with a news item in The FREEMAN, entitled, "Council refuses to pay fees for donated items." It came out on February 26, 2015. The donated items is reported to have arrived in February 2014, and is now gathering dusts and this drove the Head of the donor organization to ask the city if it's still interested to claim it, otherwise, he will give it to some other interested parties.