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” Bakit hindi mo naisip yan noong gumastos kayo ng P730 Million para sa isang convention center?”

A netizen wrote a letter to Senate Minority chief Franklin Drilon after the latter questioned the quantity spent by the federal government to construct the cauldron for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.

The cauldron was designed by architect Francisco ‘Bobby’ Manosa and prices P50-M to assemble.

On a Facebook submit, blogger MJ Reyes mentioned that she agreed with Drilon’s perception that constructing school rooms are essential.

However, she mentioned that why the opposition senator didn’t consider constructing school rooms as a substitute of pushing for the constructing of the controversial Iloilo Convention Center.

Iloilo Convention Center 

“Sang ayon po ako na mahalagang pagtuunan ng pansin ang pagpapatayo ng classrooms. Ang di ko maintindihan ay kung bakit hindi mo naisip yan noong gumastos kayo ng P730 Million para sa isang convention center sa Iloilo para kamo i-boost ang tourism ninyo at employment?” Reyes mentioned.

“That’s 730M of public funds, 15x the cost of the 50M cauldron, equivalent to 750++ classrooms/school buildings” she added.

Cauldron constructed for 2019 SEA Games

She additionally talked about the controversy confronted by a number of Senators together with Drilon in the course of the late Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona’s impeachment.

“Noong nagpamudmod ng tig-50M sa mga senators sa kasagsagan ng Corona impeachment, pinigilan nyo ba ang BS Aquino admin at naisip nyo rin ba ang mga pagpapatayo ng classrooms at iba pang mga proyektong mas mapapakinabangan sana ng bayan?” Reyes acknowledged.

“Sa mahigit 1.1 billion public funds na ipamudmod sa 20 senators ng BS Admin (where you belong), pray tell, ilang classrooms po ba ang naipatayo nyo mula sa nasabing pondo?” she added.

According to some experiences, the constructing of the Iloilo Convention Center prices 730-M pesos, which gained the eye of some politicians claiming that it’s overpriced.

The mentioned infrastructure was partly financed utilizing the funds obtained by Sen. Drilon from the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

Drilon confronted a case to the Office of the Ombudsman however afterward dismissed.


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