ANGELES CITY -- A city official clarified on Wednesday that they are not rejecting the P7-billion development project of the Capilion Corporation Pte. Limited in Clark Freeport.
Councilor Max Sangil issued the statement in reaction to a news article quoting Mayor Marino Morales as saying that he welcomes the project if Angeles City officials will reject it.
Sangil reiterated that city officials, particularly the councilor who expressed opposition to the project through a resolution, are not in favor of putting up the giant commercial center along the Freeport’s main entrance.
"We want to clarify that we are not rejecting the project. We are in favor of the project but not its location," Sangil said.
The Capilion project is situated in the proposed alignment of a railway leading to the Clark International Airport and Clark’s main zone, according to Sangil.
Aside from this, the official also cited that there will be massive traffic congestion in the area once the Capilion’s multi-storey commercial center opens.
Sangil suggested that the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) and the Capilion may consider another vacant lot between SM City Clark and the Clark Veterans Cemetery.
He added that the property, which is also part of Barangay Malabanias, is an ideal location for the Capilion project.
A group of businessmen and officials in the city earlier expressed strong opposition to the project stating that it will hurt local businesses.
Capilion is set to build in the area a mixed-used facility with business process outsourcing (BPO) centers, restaurants, shopping centers, banks, and others.
Businessman Ruperto Cruz, head of the Pinoy Gumising Ka Movement, assailed CDC officials for insisting on the project, which he described as a "clear sabotage" against the full operation of Clark airport.
"Nobody will go to Clark and use Clark airport if the traffic problem at the Freeport's main entrance worsened," Cruz said.