BY ROGER M. BALANZ
For calling her “reckless, callous, and unethical,” Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio is demanding an apology from the company behind a scuttled proposed P39-Billion reclamation project.
An official of Mega Harbour and Port Development Corporation dished out disparaging remarks in a letter to Duterte-Carpio after she decided that the Davao City government will no longer pursue its Joint Venture Agreement (JVA) with the Manila-based company.
Duterte-Carpio said she reached the decision after more than a year of study and review of the Mega Harbour project and its legal, social and environmental implications.
The Davao Coastline and Port Development Project was to carve out over 200 hectares of coastline area to be developed into a commercial and industrial complex.
Approved in 2016 by then Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, now President, and the Davao City Council, the local government and Mega Harbour would share revenue from the reclaimed land.
Last week, Duterte-Carpio bared the bad news for Mega Harbour, saying she was terminating the JVA. She said Mega Harbour had been informed about her decision.
The company said the decision was unfair and hinted a law suit.
”What I did not expect from you is to call me out as a reckless, callous and unethical individual. You should be the last person to speak about ethics if you write letters such as the one I received,” Duterte-Carpio said in a letter in response to Songco.
You do not have the right to tell me how and when I should do my job. I demand an apology, said the mayor in the strongly-worded letter.
“It is utterly fiddling of you to threaten me with a law suit should I continue to fulfill my obligation to explain to the public why I terminated the agreement,” Duterte-Carpio said.