Tuesday July 17, 2018

Congress to probe Camp John Hay row

HOUSE Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said on Monday that Congress will investigate the issues that hound Camp John Hay, including the fate of the lessees inside the former American military camp.

During an executive session at the Camp John Hay Forest Lodge Monday morning, June 5, Alvarez showed discontent on the decision of the Philippine Dispute Resolution Center Inc. (PDRCI) that orders the government, through the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), to pay Camp John Hay Development Corporation (CJHDevCo) P1.4 billion.

“We do not know if this is open for negotiation,” Alvarez said, adding that he will summon CJHDevCo chief operating officer Robert John Sobrepeña, including BCDA and JHMC officials, to shed light on the matter.

At present, CJHDevCo is still waiting for the BCDA before it vacates the property based on the PDRCI ruling, done with finality last year.

Alvarez said Congress is concerned about the lessees whose investments will be affected in the squabble between the government and the private-led firm.

CJHDevCo affirmed that lessees have already paid for the entire 50-year lease inside the camp.

During Monday’s session, Alfredo Yñiguez III, CJHDevCo executive vice president and chief operating officer, said they are now working together with the BCDA and JHMC for an amicable solution of the issue.