R. Tiglao Blames. Pres. Aquino for Yearly Flooding in Metro Manila & Why Flooded Filipinos Pays P1.2-Billion

Veteran author and former diplomat Rigoberto Tiglao blamed former Pres. Noynoy Aquino as the culprit of the yearly flooding in Metro Manila and accused the previous admin for letting flooded Filipinos pay P1.2-Billion for flood-control project that Aquino stopped.

According to R. Tiglao, in his own opinion, Pres. Aquino's biggest crimes against the nation was when he stopped the flood-control project of former Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo causing the misery and adverse economic impact of the yearly flooding in Metro Manila.

Aside from the economic failures of Aquino for stopping the flood control project, the former President is even blamed by Tiglao that blood is even on Aquino's hands because of the deaths-over a hundred during this rainy season so far-due to leptospirosis.

Bobi Tiglao revealed that Aquino's crime is nearly forgotten now, for which he has not been made accountabl, but of which every Filipinos in Metro Manila will be reminded with the onset of the rainy season each year when floods make metropolitan Manila a hell for many Filipinos.

The veteran columnist revealed that during the year 2009 under the administration of former Pres. Arroyo, prodded by the devastation of two typhoons hitting the country in the space of few days in October 2009, then Pres. Arroyo rushed a project to address the flooding in the metropolis, called the Laguna Lake Rehabilitation Projet.

Estimated to cost P19 billion, the project proposed to dredge the Laguna Lake so that it could contain more of the rainwater falling on the metropolis. THe project would have also dredged the garbage and silt in, and deepened the 7-kilometer Napindan Channel in Taytay so it could better and more quickly draw floodwaters away from the metropolis to the lake.

The P19-billion project was all set to be undertaken by the 150-year-old Belgian dredging firm Baagerwerken Decloedt En Zoon (BDZ), world-renowned in that industry and part of the group that built the below-sea-level Netherlands’ canal and dike system.

The Philippine government practically didn’t even need to put up money up front to fund the project as it was to be financed by a P12-billion loan from the Belgians’ BNP Paribas Fortis bank, with remaining P7 billion to be funded by a grant from the Belgian government — the biggest development aid it would have given the country ever.

Aquino abruptly ordered the project stopped in November 2010, a few months after he assumed office, just before it was scheduled to start, with the Belgian firm’s initial equipment and engineers already in the country.

If Aquino had not cancelled that milestone project, it would have been completed in July 2012, and would have significantly reduced flooding in metropolitan Manila as rainwaters could have been swiftly channeled to the Laguna Lake. Due to the failure of the project the Belgian government sued Pres. Aquino and the Filipino people need to spend P1.2 billion as payment of Aquino's failure, and his irrational move to stop on his own, without any other government agency or even a coutr supporting Aquino that deccision-a project that could have mitigated the yearly flooding in the Metropolis.

Source: The Manila Times

R. Tiglao Blames. Pres. Aquino for Yearly Flooding in Metro Manila & Why Flooded Filipinos Pays P1.2-Billion R. Tiglao Blames. Pres. Aquino for Yearly Flooding in Metro Manila & Why Flooded Filipinos Pays P1.2-Billion Reviewed by Phil Newsome on August 13, 2018 Rating: 5
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