This is the first time some one said that if there was anyone partly to blame for the SEA Games giant “kaldero” controversy, it is but Drilon. Why?
Well, that’s how San Beda College of Law alumnus Atty. Bruce Rivera puts it in his latest Facebook post.
Rivera opened the FB post by clarifying he is not mad at the Senator from Iloilo for finding the issue to attack the Duterte administration, which is now the the giant “kaldero” to be used in torch lighting that symbolizes the SEA Games.
Rivera said he understands that the Opposition will stand by on its statement that the Build, Build, Build program of the Duterte admin is a dismal failure.
Rivera remarked Drilon has come out as the winner here but he refused to give him credit for finding the spot to strike the Duterte admin since it is easy to find faults than doing the right things.
Rivera argued that even during the LP administration, there were more controversial projects but no longer available for public use though Rivera did not mention why.
Rivera cautioned Senator Drilon from thinking himself as the hero because he is far from it. Meanwhile, the San Beda law graduate wants to know why he did not thoroughly scrutinized the budget for the SEA Games when it was debated during the deliberation of the GAA (General Appropriations Act).
Rivera demanded an answer from Drilon because at that time, there were still quite a number of senators from the Opposition. For example. Did someone from the Opposition question the millions intended for the giant “caldero”? Why didn’t Drilon raise a finger if he was really concerned for the classrooms? Why would Drilon come forward ten days before the giant “caldero” is used for the torch lighting?
What else can Drilon do, Rivera asked? Like what happened to the Iloilo Convention Center where the public were scratching their heads how to get the taxpayer’s money back since the construction of the building was already finished.
This is what really annoys Atty. Rivera because Drilon failed to do his job as a senator. All they want is to pass the budget, make it bold or grand.
Rivera admitted the “caldero” was luxurious but it was what he called value judgement. If you asks the BCDA, it was worth it and its their opinion. Drilon’s job was to scrutinize it before the budget for the SEA Games was approved. What can we do now? Jail those who deserves to go to jail.
In short, Rivera slammed Drilon for shouting irregularities or misconduct when he could have stopped it when the BCDA asked for money during the budget deliberation but for what reason, Drilon and fellow Opposition senators did not raise a finger or stop it. Rivera insinuated Drilon and the Opposition were simply not doing their job as senators or deliberately allowed this so-called extravagance to pass the budget deliberation and cry “irregularities” later to embarrass the Duterte government.
Rivera stated that Drilon was elected as a senator because people presumed him to possess the eye to guard against irregularities. During PNoy’s time, Drilon was not the fiscalizer since he was the Senate President. But during the Duterte admin, this is Drilon’s job – to fiscalize. That’s why Rivera said, Drilon should not act as crusader, he should think that this would have never come to this, the giant “caldero” standing tall in Clark when he could have scrutinize when it was submitted for budget. Because at the end of the day, whether the senator was correct and the giant “caldero” is a not appropriate, we cannot ask for refund to build classrooms.
Rivera agreed with Drilon blaming others, in the same token, Rivera asked if Drilon he can blame himself too?
Rivera said the giant “caldero” brouhaha reminds him of the GCTA law wherein many politicians were blamed but in the end, it was learned the people like Drilon who started the finger-pointing were at fault.
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ON THE SEA GAMES CAULDRON
HIndi naman ako galit kay Secretary Drilon na nakahanap ng issue sa malaking caldero na gagawin atang sunugan ng torch na simbolo ng SEA Games. Siyempre, paninindigan niya na dismal failure ang Build Build Build. At dahil mas madaling maghanap ng mali kesa gumawa ng tama, wagi dun si Frank. Kahit na nung panahon ng LP, mas nakakasulasok na projects ang hindi na nagagamit ngayon.
Pero, Sen. Drilon, kung akala mo na ikaw ang hero dito….aba’y maghunos-dili ka. Ang importanteng tanong: nung nakalagay ang SEA Games sa GAA, bakit hindi ninyo nabusisi ito ng mabuti? Sagot? Mas madami kayong mga kontrabida sa Senado nun. Walang umimik na may ipapatayong milyones na kaldero? Walang tumalak bakit dito igagastos kung totoong ikaw ay worried sa silid paaralan. Dapat kasi hindi niyo hinintay na halos sampung araw na lang ay susunugin na ang kaldero bago kayo nagreact. Ano pa magagawa ninyo? Tulad din sa nangyari sa convention center sa Iloilo kung saan paano natin mababawi eh nakatayo na ang gusali.
Dun ako naiinis kasi hindi ninyo talaga ginagawa ang totoong trabaho ninyo. Ang gumawa ng budget, gusto lang nila ng bongga. Maluho, oo pero value judgment yan. Kung para sa BCDA ay its worth it, opinyon nila yun. Kayo na dapat bumisisi nyan ang nag-ingay before nagawa yan. Ano pa mapapala natin niyan? Ipakulong ang dapat ikulong.
Pero, sir…anong mahihita namin kung sinong makulong. Magkakasilid paaralan ba ang mga estudyanteng Pinoy dahil may pulitikong nakulong? Hindi. Andami niyo nang pinakulong, na kahit ikaw pa ikulong, walang classroom na magagawa. Kasi, hinayaan ninyong gumastos na tayo, mapagawa ito at higit sa lahat, natapos na bagay kayo nagreact.
Magaling magaling magaling!!!
Kaya nga hinalal kayo bilang Senador kasi we presumed na magaling kayo magbantay ng mali. Nung panahon ni PNoy, hindi mo trabaho ang maging fiscalizer kasi ikaw ang SP. Pero ngayon, trabaho mo yan. Kaya instead na umasta kang crusader, isipin mo na hindi na sana umabot yan na nakikita nating malaking caldero na mukhang burat na napagawa na at naghuhumindig sa kalangitan ng Clark kung sana binusisi niyo na nung ito nasubmit for budget. Kasi kahit na tama kayo at isang malaking kalokohan ang calderong ito, hindi na natin mababawi ang perang nagastos para gumawa ng silid aralan.
Tama ka na sinisi mo sila. Pero ikaw ba, masisisi mo ang sarili mo?
Parang GCTA lang ito all over again. Andaming nasisi pero nasa batas na pinirmahan nung mga unang nanisi ang problema.