Mayor, port firm told: Don’t harbor grudge

CEBU Gov. Hilario Davide III urged the San Fernando Municipal Government and proponents of a port project to settle their differences.

Davide made the comment after meeting with Ruben Feliciano of First Sangat SF International Port Corp. yesterday.

The Provincial Board has been tasked to investigate allegations made by San Fernando Mayor Neneth Reluya against Feliciano and his firm.

But Reluya said that Governor Davide was misled by Feliciano during their meeting.

“If we agree to a win-win solution, it would not only be me, but also the governor and members of the Provincial Board, who will be sued before the Ombudsman for allowing First Sangat to operate despite having incomplete requirements,” Reluya told SunStar Cebu yesterday.

Since early this year, Reluya and Feliciano had been locked in a feud after the mayor issued an executive order stopping the company from developing an international port in Barangay Sangat.

Feliciano responded not only by defying Reluya’s order but also suing her and her husband Ricardo twice before the Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas.

Governor Davide told reporters that a settlement must be reached by the two parties for the port project in Barangay Sangat to continue.

But he also urged Feliciano to no longer pursue any case against Reluya.

Feliciano, in a separate interview, said he was open to an amicable settlement with Reluya but reiterated he has all the required documents and that the orders against him lacked basis.

Mayor Reluya said she and Feliciano are set to meet again during a technical conference before the PB. (JKV)


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