Oro council to meet with petitioners to discuss Edca

CAGAYAN de Oro City councilor Romeo Calizo, a retired army officer, disclosed Monday, August 1, his plans to meet and discuss with the militant groups and other advocates against the use of the former city airport in Barangay Lumbia as one of the sites under the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (Edca).

The militant groups, last week, submitted a petition before the City Council urging the legislation to oppose and protest the use of the former Lumbia Airport by the United States.

Calizo, the chair of police, fire, and public safety, has assured that the voice of the public will be heard in the council's deliberation of the National Government's plan to convert the former airport into a US facility where disaster equipment would be stored and US armed forces would stay.

"For the part of the City Council, dapat we still have to look into the legality and acceptability of Edca. When we say legality, angay ba nga ipadayon gayud kini nga plan (if it is right to pursue this plan) and sa acceptability naman, we will assure the public that although this is already a done decision by our National Government, pero dinhi sa atong bahin sa siyudad dili man pud pwede mudawat lang ta ug mga desisyon nga dili pabor sa katawhan because it might will destroy our moral servitude," Calizo said.

Calizo added the people of Cagayan de Oro have the right to hear everything about the plan because it involves the residents who might face the possible effects of the planned US facility creation.

Calizo said its committee has already started the discussions on Edca to give prudence on the plan.

"We really need to study it because we are torn between a done decision of our government and what we want in the city," he emphasized.

The former City Council passed a resolution supporting the proposal of former second district representative Rufus Rodriguez opposing the government's plan saying the lot in Barangay Lumbia should be allotted for the possible transfer of the City Hall there instead, while City Mayor Oscar Moreno is planning to make it into a business hub.

In the petition, the Patriotiko Northern Mindanao group questioned the purpose of Edca not just in the city but in the country as well.

"Ang atong pangutana, kung tinuod silang higala ug kung gusto sila motabang, nganong dili man sila magtukod og base militar sa mismong area duol sa South China Sea aron sila ang mo-atobang sa pwersang militar sa China? Sama sa uban pang agreed location sa Edca, nganong sa Lumbia Airport man nga grabe man kini ka kasuok ug layo sa conflict areas (gibana-banang 1,358 kilometro ang kalayo gikan sa Cagayan ngadto sa South China Sea)," the statement reads.

"Mibarug kami aron panalipdan ang kinabuhi, kinaiyahan, kababayen-an, kabatan-onan ug kaugmaon sa atong mga anak ug sumusunod pang henerasyon. Dili kami mosugot nga dunay mahitabong hulga sa seguridad, disgrasya sa mga eroplano o di kaha hulga sa pagpanulong sa mga kaaway sa US nga madamay ang mga lumolopyo duol o palibot sa Lumbia," the group said.

The group furthered it supports the resolution earlier filed by the previous City Council to make Barangay Lumbia a commercial district for the Kagay-anons.

"Mas makabenipisyo ang katawhan sa dakbayan og Mindanao ug dili ang mga langyaw'ng Amerikano, diin gawas nga libre sila sa buwis, kadaot pa ang idulot nila (," it says.
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