IT was mayoralty candidate Jose Gabriel La Viña who willingly donated to the government 2,000 square meters of his property in barangay Bulua upon learning that the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) had a road widening project in the area.
In a press statement, La Viña said that it was DPWH officials who approached him in 2016 and informed him of an impending project near his property.
“Sa walay pagduha-duha, ako gihatag sa DPWH aron maglampus ilang tinguha nga mapalapdan ang dalan ug tabang sab sa traffic decongestion sa area sa Bulua,” he said.
The project was supposed to connect the old Cagayan de Oro-Iligan highway to the new western coastal road.
In an earlier City Council hearing, DPWH project engineer Leowald Pecore said the plan to pass the access road through La Viña’s property was signed off by then regional director Evelyn Barroso. She has since retired.
La Viña said he was stunned by reports that one of his neighbors complained that the now mayoral candidate insisted that DPWH redirect its access road to his property.
“Ako naman hinuon ang gihimung dautan nila nga ako man gani ang agrabyad kay kung kana akong yuta kanang gipabayran, moabot sa P20 million ang kantidad ana apan akong batasan nga nasunod sa akong mga ginikanan nga modonar g’yud og luna alang sa kaarangan sa Kagayanon,” he said.
La Viña speculated the expose of the issue is pure politicking because his neighbor could have complained about the matter three years ago when DPWH decided on the course of the project.
“Gipamolitika lang nila kay wala man sila makita nga lain ilabay nga lapok sa ako,” he said.
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