Ex-Cordova mayor and Cebuano language advocate Addy Sitoy dies at 85

ADELINO Sitoy, former mayor of Cordova, Cebu and Presidential Legislative Liaison Office (PLLO) undersecretary, died Thursday, April 15, 2021. He was 85.

His death timed with the lighting of the crosses of the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CClex), an eight kilometer bridge between Cebu City and Cordova.

Back when he was Cordova mayor, Sitoy had pushed for the construction of the third bridge. Just before he finished serving his term as mayor, he broke the ground where the third bridge would be in Cordova without fanfare. He won't get to see his dream bridge completed.

Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard Chan, on his Facebook page, expressed sadness and grief over Sitoy's death.

Lapu-Lapu City and Cordova town comprise the island of Mactan.

Sitoy was a son of Cordova, having been born in the small island town on February 6, 1936.

He served as mayor of Cordova from 2007 to 2016, and then as its vice mayor before President Rodrigo Duterte appointed him PLLO undersecretary.

An advocate of the Cebuano language, Sitoy was president for years of the Lubas sa Dagang Bisaya (Ludabi) and one of the founders of Akademiyang Bisaya, a non-stock, non-profit and non-sectoral corporation. His group was behind the publication of the definitive Cebuano-English dictionary. (JKV/MPS)