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Ready to crumble

Ready to crumble

Editorial cartoon of Raul Abellar in Iloilo City’s “The Daily Guardian” captures the grave danger that lawyers, judges, litigants and court personnel face with the “retrofitting” that the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), sponsored by Senator Franklin M. Drilon, wants to undertake on the structurally shaky building.
The “retrofitting” scheme has met with strong objections from the stake holders. Engr. Nilo Jardeleza, a noted structural engineer, said the Hall of Justice could become another Hyatt Baguio which collapsed like a house of cards after the magnitude 7.7 earthquake that hit the mountain city in 1990.
Atty. Hans Sayno, spokesman of the Reconstruct the Hall of Justice Movement, noted that a powerful politician seems hell-bent in hiding the anomalies in the construction of the building.
It is public knowledge in Iloilo City the building was erected during the incumbency of Drilon as DOJ Secretary in 1991.

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