Noynoy Aquino must be one hell of an insecure person, for him to constantly and continuously heap all blame on his predecessor while attempting to convince the Filipino people that he is doing a better job at the presidency and governance compared to Gloria Arroyo.
And this blame game, along with his new spiel of compare my administration to Gloria’s, goes on, even when he talks to the flood victims in evacuation centers.
Does he really think that the flood victims, cold and starving, want to hear all this from him at this time or even everytime he wants to blame everything — including the flooding — on his predecessor? That’s a sure sign of insecurity.
He again, for the umpteenth time, brought out the contract signed under the presidency of Gloria with the Belgian company for the Laguna Lake dredging — which he first brought up during his maiden State of the Nation Address in 2010.
Again, he said this was not only an anomalous contract but a very expensive joke, stressing that while this Belgian contractor would take away one part of the silt dredged from in the Laguna Lake, he will merely be dumping this same silt in the other side of the lake.
It may not be apropos, but what the heck does Noynoy think his government, through the local executives, goes about doing away with the mountains of garbage brought by the floods and even typhoons, that have been collected while cleaning up, if not to dump the same garbage somewhere else?
The country has no incinerators nor even trash compactors. Last heard, garbage is being dumped in a dumpsite.
But to quote Noynoy: “So what they (the Belgian contractor) wanted to do was move the mud from one section of the lake to another section of the lake and that was supposed to enhance its water holding capacity. Obviously, matter occupies volume and if it occupies the same space, the volume doesn’t decrease.”
So it should follow then that the garbage that is matter, is moved from one place to another and as matter occupies volume, and occupies the same space, the volume doesn’t decrease.
Still and all, no one has heard the side of the Belgian contractor, except that he is suing the Philippine government for cancelling the contract, so one does not quite know if Noynoy is merely making up this “very expensive joke” tale or if the Begian contractor’s contract really states that he will be transferring one dug up silt from the lake and dump this in a different part of the lake.
It certainly does not sound logical for a well-known Belgian contractor to be so stupid as to take out the silt from one end while dumping the same dredged silt to the other. It just does not make sense.
And yet, there was Noynoy, also saying that the contract with the same Belgian contractor can still be okayed, with amendments.
This does not make sense either, given Noynoy’s accusations against the Belgian firm and his alleged anomalous and corrupt contract forged under the Arroyo administration.
Why should Noynoy whom he claims is a graft-ridden contractor, suddenly trust this same firm to do the job, as long as the contract is amended? This sounds pretty fishy, almost as if Noynoy and his boys just want the contract for themselves — and perhaps, even the kickbacks — assuming that the same firm is, as Noynoy charges, corrupt!
Also strange is the fact that even as Noynoy keeps on harping about the corrupt contracts inked during the Gloria administration, he still has not charged her with graft on these specfic alleged graft-ridden contracts.
He has been president for the past two years. Surely, it does not take that long to go over all those contracts he claims are anomalous and graft-ridden. Why has there not been any charge, and why is he still willing to deal with the same projects and contractors?
Careful, careful, Noy. After 2016, what Filipinos may constantly hear about graft and corrupt contracts would be the same thing being said about you.