SENATE MINORITY Leader Franklin Drilon: A P50-million kaldero (cauldron)…. Do you realize that at P1-million per classroom, this can construct 50 classrooms?
In other words, we did away with 50 classrooms to build a P50-million kaldero that we use only once? I am not even talking about overpricing. I’m talking about propriety.
SENATOR JUAN Edgardo “Sonny” Angara, the sponsor of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority budget: I think what the government was really envisioning was to do an impressive hosting of the games and showcase the Philippine ingenuity by using Philippine creative designers and performers.
I think this is what other Southeast Asian countries have also done when it was their turn to host…
The BCDA head mentions that this is the first big sports construction in a while, your honor, I think there is a relatively matured market for this in his opinion. DRILON: Does the mature market include the kaldero? Di naman?
ANGARA: Well, the whole thing, it includes the whole kaldero, your honor.
DRILON: Oo, pero wala naman siguro magrerenta ng ganung kalaking kaldero ano?
ANGARA: It’s part of the package, your honor.
DRILON: Sa akin, masyadong extravagant at mahiwaga at pinakamalaki at pinakamahal na kaldero sa buong mundo sa kasaysayan ng ating bansa.
MEANWHILE, the usually loquacious and knee-jerk reactionary chairman of the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee, House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano has not been heard of.