CAPITOL spokesperson Rory Jon Sepulveda said the committee tasked to conduct a fact-finding report on the Balili property purchase will convene this month for a final deliberation on the issue.

Sepulveda earlier said they have come up with a draft report which they hoped to give to the media before Christmas.

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This didn’t happen because of the absence of one of the committee members, Provincial Board (PB) Member Victor Maambong.

Corrections

Sepulveda said they just sent a copy of the draft report to Maambong, who found minor corrections that were incorporated in the final recommendation that will be submitted to Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia.

“We have to convene one more time. Wa lang siya (Maambong) makaapil and all members must signed the report. We sent him a copy of the report kung unsa man ang iyang suggestions,” Sepulveda told Sun.Star Cebu in a mobile phone interview.

Final results

Asked what the corrections Maambong made on the report are, Sepulveda refused to say, adding that the final results are not yet available. But Sepulveda said he supports the corrections made by Maambong.

Maambong was among those who questioned the purchase of the Balili property in a PB ad hoc committee hearing.

The committee had been asked by Garcia to come up with a report within 30 days. The committee asked for an extension, citing the lack of time to meet because of the other members’ prior engagements.

Formed through an executive order last October, the committee is headed by National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 Director Medardo Delemos.

Environmentalists have criticized Capitol’s plan to turn the Balili property into a coal ash disposal facility. The issue led to the discovery that part of the 24.7 hectare-property bought at P98 million is underwater.

Last Dec. 22, Garcia visited the property which is being used for agricultural projects by Capitol.

Fingerlings

Capitol is raising tilapia fingerlings and vannamei, a cultured prawn specie, in fishponds A and B. The project is supported by Naga City Mayor Valdemar Chiong.

The property, Sepulveda said will be developed into an economic zone.

The PB, on the other hand, has yet to close their hearing after it was re-opened last November.

The PB will discuss the issue during their session tomorrow.