An empty threat

Few people showed interest when Senator Franklin Drilon led public officials in the ground breaking of a P300 million road widening project for the Benigno Aquino Ave. (better known as Diversion Road) in Iloilo City. Ilonggos were more interested in what he had to say about the controversial retrofitting of the Hall of Justice.

Reporters who covered the event remarked that Drilon’s face darkened in irritation, and even anger, when a question about the Hall of Justice anomaly was thrown at him. In arrogant fashion, Drilon threatened to send anybody found responsible for any anomaly. But he made it clear that whoever is complaining should show proof about the anomaly.

That remark (or threat) raised eye brows among Ilonggos. How could anybody be charged for the anomaly when Drilon himself isn’t too keen about conducting an investigation? Why didn’t he lead a Senate investigation into this project? After all, it’s his name that’s being dragged into this mess. It would be to his interest to clear the air on the issue.

Perhaps Drilon thinks he can glaze over the ugly scandal with promises of more projects. Ilonggos are sick and tired of the corruption here. The Pavia Housing Scam. The San Isidro relocation scam. The City Hall scam. So much money have been stolen from the people. The time to end all of this is now. And the elections on May 13, 2013 will provide that opportunity.


About Manuel "Boy" Mejorada
Manuel "Boy" Mejorada is a journalist and social media activist. A former Iloilo provincial administrator, he is now waging a crusade against corruption and narco-politics.

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