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|COMMONWEALTH ACT NO. 659 - AN ACT TO AMEND SECTIONS TWO, THREE, TWELVE, NINETEEN, TWENTY, TWENTY-ONE, TWENTY-FOUR, AND TWENTY-SEVEN OF COMMONWEALTH ACT NUMBERED FIVE HUNDRED AND TWO, AND INSERTING NEW SECTIONS THEREIN. TO BE KNOWN AS SECTIONS THIRTEEN-A, TWENTY-ONE-A TWENTY-ONE-B, TWENTY-ONE-C, TWENTY-ONE-D, TWENTY-ONE-E, TWENTY-ONE-F, AND TWENTY-ONE-G|
1. Section two of Commonwealth Act Numbered Five hundred and two is
amended so as to read as follows:
"Section12. The City Council — Powers. — The City Council shall have power by ordinance or resolution:
"If after due investigation, the Mayor shall decide that any person licensed under the provisions of this subsection is abusing his license and privilege to the injury of the public morals or peace or that any place so licensed has been or is conducted in a disorderly or unlawful manner, or is a nuisance, or is permitted to be used as a resort for disorderly characters, criminals, or women of ill repute, he may by order summarily revoke such license, subject to appeal to the Department Head, whose action on the appeal shall be final. Such revocation shall operate to forfeit to the city all sums which may have been paid for said license and to prohibit the issuance to the person whose license is so revoked of any other license for a term which may be fixed in said order."
"Section13-A. Power over subdivisions. — The city council shall have power by ordinance approved by the Department Head to require that no plat or plan of subdivision of a residential estate within its jurisdiction shall be presented for approval or verification by the Bureau of Lands or the General Land Registration office until the same shall have been approved by the city engineer under such regulations as may be provided by ordinance. Such regulations may provide for the proper arrangements, design, and width of streets in relation to other existing or planned streets, for adequate and convenient open spaces for traffic, public services, access of firefighting apparatus, recreation, light, and air, and for the avoidance of congestion of population, including minimum width and area of lots in the several districts or sections of the city. Such regulations may also include provisions as to the extent to, and methods by, which streets and other ways may be graded, drained, and improved and water and sewer and other public service mains, piping, or other facilities installed. Such regulations shall provide for approval of the plat or plan within sixty days after the submission thereof to the city engineer. Any person aggrieved by any decision of the city engineer concerning a subdivision plat or plan may appeal to the competent court."
"Section21. Regular and acting judges of the municipal court. — There shall be a municipal court for Quezon City, with two judges to be known as judges of the first and of the second branch, respectively.
"The municipal judge may, upon proper application, be allowed a vacation leave of not more than thirty days every year, with salary.
"In case of the absence, incapacity or liability, of the judges of the municipal court of Quezon City, the Secretary of Justice shall designate a judge of the municipal court, and he shall hold the office temporarily until any of the regular incumbents shall have resumed office, or until a judge shall have been appointed in accordance with the provisions of this Act.
"The judges of the municipal court shall receive a salary of four thousand eight hundred pesos per annum each."
"Section21-A. Clerk and employees of the municipal court. — There shall be a clerk of the municipal court who shall be appointed by the mayor in accordance with the civil service laws, rules and regulations and who shall receive a compensation to be fixed by ordinances approved by the Department Head. He shall keep the seal of the court and affix it to all orders, judgments, certificates, records, and other documents issued by the court. He shall keep a docket of the trials in the court, in which he shall record in a summary manner the names of the parties and the various proceedings in civil cases, and in criminal cases, the names of the witnesses, the date of the arrest, the appearance of the defendant, together with the fines and costs adjudged or collected in accordance with the judgment. He shall have the power to administer oaths.
"The clerk of the municipal court shall at the same time be sheriff of the city and shall as such have the same powers and duties as assigned by existing law to provincial sheriffs. The city council may provide for such number of clerks in the office of the clerk of the municipal court as the needs of the service may demand.
"Section21-B. Jurisdiction of municipal court. — The municipal court shall have the same jurisdiction in civil and criminal cases and the same incidental powers as are at present conferred by law upon justice of the peace courts. It shall have concurrent jurisdiction with the Court of First Instance of Quezon City over all criminal cases arising under the laws relating to gambling and management of lotteries, to assault where the intent to kill is not charged or evident upon the trial, to theft and swindling where the amount of money or property stolen, embezzled or otherwise involved does not exceed the sum or value of two hundred pesos, to the sale of intoxicating liquors, to falsely impersonating an officer, to malicious mischief, to trespass on government or private property, and to threatening to take human life. It may also conduct preliminary investigations for any offense, without regard to the limits of punishment, and may release, or commit and bind over any person charged with such offense to secure his appearance before the proper court.
"Section21-C. Incidental powers of municipal court. — The municipal court shall have power to administer oaths and to give certificates thereof; to issue summons, writs, warrants, executions, and all other processes necessary to enforce its orders and judgments; to compel the attendance of witnesses; to punish contempts of court by fine or imprisonment, or both, within the limitations imposed by law; and to require of any person arrested a bond for good behavior or to keep the peace, or for the further appearance of such person before a court of competent jurisdiction. But no such bond shall be accepted unless it be executed by the person in whose behalf it is made, with sufficient surety or sureties, to be approved by the court.
"Section21-D. Procedure in municipal court in prosecutions for violations of laws and ordinances. — In a prosecution for the violation of any ordinance, the first process shall be a summons; except, that a warrant for the arrest of the offender may be issued in the first instance upon the affidavit of any person that such ordinance has been violated, and that the person making the complaint has reasonable grounds to believe that the party charged is guilty thereof, which warrant shall conclude: 'Against the ordinance of the city in such case made and provided.' All proceedings and prosecutions for offenses against the laws of the Philippines shall conform to the rules relating to process, pleading, practice, and procedure for the judiciary of the Philippines, and such rules shall govern the municipal court and its officers in all cases in so far as the same may be applicable.
"Section21-E. Costs, fees, fines, and forfeitures in municipal court. — There shall be taxed against and collected from the defendant, in case of his conviction in the municipal court, such costs and fees as may be prescribed by law in criminal cases in justice of the peace courts. All costs, fees, fines, and forfeitures shall be collected by the clerk of court, who shall keep a docket of those imposed and of those collected, and shall pay collections of the same to the city treasurer for the benefit of the city, on the next business day after the same are collected and take receipts therefor. The municipal judges shall examine said docket each day, compare the same with the amount receipted for by the city treasurer, and satisfy themselves that all such costs, fees, fines, and forfeitures have been duly accounted for.
"Section21-F. No person sentenced by municipal court to be confined without commitment. — No person shall be confined in the city prison by sentence of the municipal court until the warden or officer in charge of the prison shall receive a written commitment showing the offense for which the prisoner was tried, the date of the trial, the exact terms of the judgment or sentence, and the date of the order of the commitment. The clerk shall, under seal of the court, issue such a commitment in each case of sentence to imprisonment.
"Section21-G. Procedure on appeal from municipal court to Court of First Instance. — An appeal shall lie to the Court of First Instance of Quezon City in all cases where fine or imprisonment, or both, is imposed by the municipal court. The party desiring to appeal shall, before six o'clock postmeridian of the day following the rendition and entry of the judgment by the municipal court, file with the clerk of the court a written statement that he appeals to the Court of First Instance. The filing of such statement shall perfect the appeal. The judge of the court from whose decision appeal is taken shall, within five days after the appeal is taken, transmit to the Court of First Instance a certified copy of the record of proceedings and all the original papers and process in the case. A perfected appeal shall operate to vacate the judgment of the municipal court, and the action, when duly entered in the Court of First Instance, shall stand for trial de novo upon its merits. Pending an appeal, the defendant shall remain in custody unless released in the discretion of the judge of the municipal court or of the judge of the Court of First Instance, upon sufficient bail, in accordance with the procedure in force, to await the judgment of the appellate court.
"Appeals in civil cases shall be governed by the ordinary procedure established by law for appeals from decisions of Justice of the peace courts."
"Section24. The City Treasurer. — There shall be a city treasurer who shall have the following general powers and duties:
"Section27. Real estate exempt from taxation. — The following shall be exempt from taxation: