There is a raging debate on social media between Duterte and Pnoy supporters who should really get the credits for the PITEX or Paranaque Integrated Terminal Exchange.
The whole brouhaha, if I was not mistaken started when a netizen named Dan Santos credited ex-President Noynoy Aquino for PITEX on Facebook.
The caption reads:
Duterte is expected to inaugurate Paranaque Integrated Terminal Exchange.
Fact check: Originally called the Southwest Integrated Terminal Exchange, it was one of the PPP projects awarded by the Aquino administration.
Santos’ Facebook post did not take long to get notice by Duterte supporters, who registered their loudest in protest on Facebook to the Aquino supporters claim.
Susme itong kabilang parlor, kung maka Thank You Pnoy para sa PITEx kala mo naka research.
One of the staunchest Duterte supporters who made a lot of noise on social media was none other than lawyer Trixie Cruz-Angeles.
Angeles posted the timeline of events in relation to PITEX below to straighten out misconceptions being spread the Aquino supporters.
Angeles ended the post by telling the Aquino supporters to thank Pnoy for giving Filipinos PITEX but asked him why he did not even see the project through the groundbreaking phase?
Eto ang facts:
1. Bidding began January 2014 –oo, 4 YEARS ago. Project name: SWITEx
2. Award to winning bidder Megaworld was made in January 2015.
3. Nothing in 2016.
4. In 2017 DoTr identified the location and began groundbreaking.
5. November 2018, now for inauguration. Project renamed to PITEx.
Take note na from 2014-2016 ang nagawa lang ni PNoy dito ay ipa bid-out, ni hindi pa na identify ang location. It took the Duterte Admin to get it off the drawing boards and build it.
Pag nag thank you kayo kay Pinoy, tanong nyo rin, bakit di nyo man lang napaabot sa groundbreaking ito. Bakit nagtagal?
As of this writing, Angeles’ Facebook post has gathered 3,879 shares, 7,656 reactions and 1,516 comments.
Check out the comments below to gauge the sentiment of social media.
PJ Tan fact. pitx was a brainchild of the previous administration but finished during the time of PRRD.
we give acknowledge PNoy for the PPP program for the benefit of the commuting public. period!
in fairness to the DTT. he did not angkin the credit to himself. because it is their duty and responsibility to lay out programs for the advancement of the country.
trabajo lang talaga nila iyan. pls. walang intrigahan.
Netizen DL Anito Lea remarked that Pnoy did start the project but lacks the political will to finish it that is why Duterte continued the project.
Anyway, Lea said Pnoy inaugurated the Yolanda housing and thanked him for it.
Sorry di kinaya ng powers ni Pnoy simulan at ipatapos itong PTex kaya si Duterte ang nagpatuloy. Sabagay nag inaugurate din naman sya sa Yolanda housing (super thanks Pnoy!🤣🤣)
Netizen Jonilo Melecio Petalcorin said that the Aquino admin stole the money in 2014-2015 that is why there was no groundbreaking.
“Na switex na kasi ang pondo noong 2014-2015 kaya walang ground breaking na nagawa panahon ni panot.”