Aquino pours P27B into vote-rich Cebu

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LAPU-LAPU CITY—Taking his relentless campaigning for his chosen candidates to opposition-held Cebu, President Benigno Aquino III announced on Friday P27 billion worth of good news for the vote-rich province.

Among the big-ticket infrastructure projects being lined up for the Cebuanos is the Mactan Island Circumferential Road in Lapu-Lapu City that will widen the existing road network and improve access from the Mactan Cebu International Airport to various resorts on Mactan island.

The biggest of these projects in terms of cost is the proposed Mactan Cebu International Airport passenger terminal building, which has a budget of P17.5 billion.

The rest of the projects include a new P1.3-billion Naga power substation; the P1.4-billion Cebu City-San Remegio road improvement project; the P702-million Carmen bulk water project; the P20-million master plan study for the Metro Cebu drainage system; and the P166-million management information project of the Cebu Port Authority.

Earlier on Friday, Mr. Aquino presided at the ground-breaking ceremonies for the P3.7-billion Mactan circumferential road project at Barangay Ibo in Lapu-Lapu City before picking up his campaign schedule in the province, attending scheduled rallies for the administration-allied tickets in the cities of Bogo, Toledo and Cebu.

Public works Undersecretary Romeo Momo said the Mactan island circumferential road project will cover 26 kilometers. The road will start and end in Barangay Ibo and traverse the municipality of Cordova. One kilometer of the road network will have five lanes, two kilometers will have four lanes and the rest will have two lanes.

An initial P300 million has been released—P100 million for road right of way acquisition and P200 million for the construction of a 2.15-km four-lane asphalt pavement, including lanes for bicycles, jogging and plant boxes.

In a speech at the ground-breaking ceremony, Mr. Aquino said the road will cut down the travel time from Cebu City to Lapu-Lapu City by 15 minutes.

He said the project aimed to increase tourist arrivals and encourage more investments on Mactan island.

He said the proposed Mactan Cebu International Airport passenger terminal building project would increase the airport capacity from the two million a year at present to 10 million.

Tourism for all Cebuanos

Without the new facility, the airport would not be able to accommodate the projected increase in tourist arrivals, he said.

“We believe there will be an influx of tourists [to your province] and therefore the facilities have to be there so that we can maximize the tourism industry for all Cebuanos,” he told an audience of about 15,000 at a campaign rally in Bogo City.

Mr. Aquino said there were 11 prospective bidders for the airport terminal project, which was approved by the National Economic and Development Authority in November 2012.

The first phase of the project, with an estimated cost of P8.87 billion, will start in 2014 and is expected to be completed by 2016.

Capitol standoff

On Friday night, Mr. Aquino brought the 2013 election battle to the grounds of the Cebu City Capitol, the scene of a monthlong standoff between suspended Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia and Malacañang last December.

Garcia, who was meted a six-month suspension by Malacañang for an administrative case, held out at her office at the capitol even as her vice governor, Agnes Magpale, held office elsewhere in the building after being appointed acting governor by the Palace.

The standoff ended last Jan. 30 when Garcia left her office to visit Oslob town outside Cebu. When she returned 16 hours later, she found her office had been padlocked on orders of Magpale.

Garcia, who is also facing graft charges before the Sandiganbayan, is a scion of the Garcia political clan that has dominated Cebu provincial politics for decades. She is running for a congressional seat in the city’s third district while her brother Pablo John, will run for her old seat against Hilario Davide III of the ruling Liberal Party. Magpale is Davide’s vice gubernatorial running mate.

Friday’s event on the capitol grounds was the proclamation rally for the administration’s Team PNoy senatorial ticket and the candidates for local positions of the Liberal Party and its allied parties. It was organized by Rep. Tomas Osmeña who is running for Cebu City mayor under the Bando Osmeña Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK), which is allied with the LP.

Mr. Aquino led nine of the 12 Team PNoy senatorial candidates who attended the rally: reelectionist senators Loren Legarda, Aquilino Pimentel III and Francis Escudero; Rep. Sonny Angara, Jamby Madrigal,  Benigno “Bam” Aquino, Grace Poe, Jun Magsaysay and Risa Hontiveros.

Osmeña and the rest of the BOPK slate as well as the LP gubernatorial candidate Davide and his running mate, Magpale, were also at the rally.

Senior Supt. Mariano Natuel, Cebu City police director, estimated the crowd at 65,000, which reached up to the Osmeña Rotunda, about 1 km from the capitol grounds.

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  • dipadadaig

    aba’y tahimik pa ah! hala, banat na kayo mga maki-administrasyon at kontra administrasyon!

  • Palku Kha

    isa na naman itong vote-buying o kaya bina black mail ang mga taga Cebu.nagkahalaga ng P27 billion pesos ang boto ng mga taga Cebu.ang gusto nyang sabihin,pag di iboto ng taga Cebu ang kanyang mga kandidato na Team Brownout,walang project sa Probinsya ninyo! hoy! pag gusto ng tao ang mga kandidato mo,kahit di mo bigyan ng billion pesos,iboboto nila yon!!!

  • mewo_meow

    Mas maganda sana kung sa 20 most poor provinces ginastos ang 27 billion pesos.

    • Fred

      bakit siya magbibigay sa poorest provinces wala naman mga botante doon! Puwede naman niyan binigay ito nung malayo pa ang election o pagkatapos ng election pero bakit ngayon ilang araw na lang election na po? This is a very clear vote buying by this president!

    • CmdrAdobo

      Poorest province dont have income. And the question is why you have poor province? All province have the same natural resources. The answer because you guys choose the corrupt leaders.

  • JohnBernabe

    yes push tourism hard kailangan natin yan kasi grabe ang hina nya ngayon…

    • boldyak

      MAHINA nga yata ang LP sa cebu kaya ganyan na lang kung bumili ng boto….wholesale na…hahaha…sige mga taga Cebu ipagbili nyo boto nyo….

      • jgl414567

        Cebu is the second most prosperous city in the Philippines and allocating huge projects for it is alright especially when the president awarding it is clean unlike your plundering ex-presidents Erap and Gloria!

      • boldyak

        why don’t you just make it simple and say that he is giving projects to get the votes of Cebu…and how can it be alright, when people’s money is used to get votes?…keep on comparing your president to the previous president…hiding the real issue…can’t your president be on top without comparison?…don’t make your president a King crab…let him be on top without somebody below his feet…

      • Ramil Abalon

        well man it depends how the reporter presents it report. thats why thats the kind of rhetoric you want to convey

      • parefrank

        It is clean? Why then not long ago, it is nothing new. And too, this is not even a matter of the president, it is municipal and provincial. But near to election and sitting on a gigantic pork barrel, Noy will pour tax money for votes. Very clean?

  • DingGalang

    there was a standoff pala with the mayor? I was wondering what happened to Gwendolyn Garcia

    • RogerLerma

      umalis bigla tapos pag balik nya naka padlock haha parang nakalimutan nya ano nangyari sa kanya…

  • MarieUntalan

    hopefully theres more improvements in other countries to improve tourism. right now, it needs help thanks to past even that lead us to being blacklisted in some countries. if we can improve our reputation a bit in a few years, we might find more jobs coming in

    • StephenHalili

      true. it might take a long time but they should really start so that they can improve tourism in general.

  • Concur_Dissent

    12-0 Pinoy Team! Go!

    • jaygibi

      bobo!

      • jgl414567

        Ikaw grabe ang sira ng ulo kasi sa UNA at sa mga kawatan ka panig!

      • Simplify1

        And to you, supporting a party headed by a convicted plunder felon, a philandering octogenarian and an opportunistic imp who recklessly pushes a daughter without any relevant education, no experience and no skills to be a senatorial candidate INTELLIGENCE?? You are blissfully ignorant and stupid!!

  • Simplify1

    Cebu is the shining example and the showcase of the new PHILIPPINES!! The New and re-energized republic wherein even the highest official of the province will be removed from office if we are to ensure a TUWID NA DAAN!!

    VOTE STRAIGHT BOPK-LP TANDEM!!

  • mekeni62

    P27B for Cebuanos’ votes. thank you very much

  • arao_liwanag

    Ok lang ang project, pero ito ang material na ebedensya kung gaano ka corrupt at kagarapal si Pugak. Pagkatapos ng turno n’ya, tulad ni Pervez Mussharraf ng Pakistan, dapat arestuhin din siya, hindi ng Pulis kundi ng Baranggay Tanod.

    • ESCAPEfmALCATRAZ

      tangek!

  • guest

    How about Mindanao? What is the project of the government?

    • Fred

      Wala dahil maliit ang mga botante doon! Huwag na kayong umasa pa na taga Mindanao sa isang mongoloid na presidente…

  • marionics

    potanginamokanghayup ka winston garciaaaa!!! kelan ka kaya masusunod?

  • MULEN

    1.3 billion power substation and not even a single centavo for Mindanao, idiot. Yeah, Mindanao has to pay for its own power generation.

    • Cool LahgotzMO

      Kasi nga raw magbayad daw dapat ng mahal ang mga taga mindanao kung gusto magka kuryente. Anong klaseng presidente yan, spokesman ng mga aboitiz.

    • 1voxPopuli

      why? EPIRA 2001 in which mindanao tongressmans wanted Mindanao excluded from the bill.

  • Datuitum

    Another form of vote buying by pnoy administration.

    • jgl414567

      As long as the bidding of the projects are aboveboard and the necessity of the project undeniable it is alright for me because Pnoy is clean and corrupt free unlike your idol Erap, Gloria, Enrile, Binay and Marcos!

      • Dare

        Clean and corrupt free huh? Wonder why the Philippine Customs is about to be abolished because of rampant smuggling. If his intentions are good, he would have spent that 27b to help is the power shortage is Mindanao. Even so, it is against the law to expend funds around the election period. Not to mention Pnoy had 3x more midnight appointees compared to GMA. And he just appointed a Comelec Commissioner who is not qualified because that said person failed to meet the 10 year law practice requirement. By the way, Pnoy is doing most of the campaigning for his team Pnoy, when he should just focus on being the president.

      • popeyee

        Maybe Penoy is not corrupt but how about those people around him?

      • boldyak

        you are justifying a wrong act..it is clear that Pnoy violated the Omnibus election code…this is the main reason why our country can not progress, people keep on justifying what is clearly wrong…wrong is wrong…and should not be justified…

      • Ramil Abalon

        ha ha ha thats a simple rhetoric of wrong mind set

      • tilney

        That are all in the drawing board, these have been announced by NEDA and Departments involved of various projects last year before this coming election specifically the Mactan International Airport, a 17 Billion PPP project, meaning govt will not spend a single centavo for this particular project. What is wrong the president announcing projects for the areas..

      • Cool LahgotzMO

        Clean and corrupt free ha? bakit di mo tignan ang nangyari sa Mindanao. Imbes na gawan nya ng paraan para ma resolve yung brown out dito. Sa halip sasabihin pa nya na dapat magbayad kami ng mataas kung gusto namin ng ilaw ! me paraan kung gugustuhin pero ayaw gawin kasi masisira negosyo ni aboitiz.

  • BatangSingapore

    kawawa naman ang mindanao walang project. mas malaki kasi boto ng cebu kaya sa cebu ginamit yun pera para mag vote buying.

    anyways, kayo mga taga cebu alam nyo na ang gagawin. tangapin ang pera at iboto ang UNA. NO TO TEAM PATAY AKA TEAM ABNOY.

    • Cool LahgotzMO

      UNA? Sino doon? halos lahat ng nasa UNA mga KURAKOT.

      • BatangSingapore

        bilib din ako sa mga pakawala ni abnoy. alam ninyo manuro ng kurakot pero hindi nyo nakikita na mas kurakot ang mongoloid nyo presidente.

        yan pag bigay ng project sa loob ng campaign period ay matinding kasalanan sa bayan. malinaw na kurakot yan diba. tapos sasabihin mo kurakot yun katungali. kaya binoboto ang UNA dahil mas naintindihan ng sambayanan filipino ang pinagagawa ng abnoy na presidente sa panunuhol, tipikal na intsik diba.

        hindi na kayo nadala. Umupo si Cory at ngayon naman anak nyang mongoloid, tapos ano napala ng sambayanan? dumami ang iskwater at mahihirap sa cebu. di bale huwag ka mag alala dahil ang kahirapan tinamo natin sa mga aquino ay hindi lang limitado sa cebu. hahahahahahaa

      • Cool LahgotzMO

        Sinong pakawala ni abnoy? kung hihiritan ang mga kandidato ng UNA i label mo na kaagad na pakawala ni abnoy? Bakit sino ba ang matino na kandidato ngayon? Wala di ba? kaya wag mo na ikampaya ang mga UNA kasi halos lahat sila puro madumi ang record. Si Gordon lang ang medyo maayos ang record sa kanila. Halata ka masyado na mahilig kang bumoto sa mga TRAPO.

      • BatangSingapore

        meron matinong kandidato at nangyayari yan tuwing kampanya at eleksyon. ang malinaw ay panunuhol at kurakot ang ginawa ni abnoy sa mga taga Cebu. kung kaya’t para sa akin UNA ang rekomendasyon ko.

        meron ka naman palang napili ay bakit hindi mo direktang sinabing si Gordon, bakit mo pa kailangan sabihin, “sino sa UNA? halos lahat sila kurakot”. kung ikaw man ang lumagay sa katayuan ko sasabihin mo sadyang pakawala ka ni abnoy.

      • Dare

        Mukhang magsolid Team Pnoy ito. Pti siguro si Grace Poe na alang ibang sabihin kundi anak sya ni FPJ ay boboto nito dahil lang sabi ni Pnoy n iboto sya.

  • ingbilat

    6. Who is giving money or distributing goods to voters during the campaign period. Vote buying is prostitution.
    _ _ Pangasinan Archbishop Socrates Villegas

  • jack_bagbaga2011

    Aquino pours P27B into vote-rich Cebu.

    iba talaga kapag campaign manager mo si pnoy. he will promise anythting to get the votes of the cebuano people. don’t say it, do it

  • $14334231

    P300 million initial disbursement…..the rest will be released if the LP ticket wins not only in cebu city but the whole province….anyway, a lot of congressmen of cebu province and local officials are already drooling and are now talking of how much share each would get from the remaining P26.7B……not for their respective districts, cities, towns, etc., but for their own pockets…but what if cebu does not deliver?…well, you cebuanos can forget about it…..the projects will go down the drain….you should know it by now that that’s how politics work……but given a choice between 2 evils, i’d still prefer LP candidates which, to me, is the lesser of the two…….

  • Marco

    hahahhaha the Abnoy is using the money of the entire Filipino people to vote-buy so sad……why now pour 27B in pesos to one place and during this time of the year?

    Nakakahiya pero sasabhn na naman nila yan gov’t project

    Ito ang TUWID NA DAAN na pangako ba?

  • boldyak

    Sec. 261. Prohibited Acts. – The following shall be guilty of an election offense:
    a. Vote-buying and vote-selling.
    1. Any person who gives, offers or promises money or anything of value, gives or
    promises any office or employment, franchise or grant, public or private, or makes or
    offers to make an expenditure, directly or indirectly, or cause an expenditure to be made to any person, association, corporation, entity, or community in order to induce anyone or the public in general to vote for or against any candidate or withhold his vote in the election, or to vote for or against any aspirant for the nomination or choice of a candidate in a convention or similar selection process of a political party.

    …..Mr President, it is clear that you have violated the omnibus election code…kakarmahi ka rin….tuwad na daan..

    • parefrank

      But Noy says “I do not buy votes for my team, I just shower some tax money as a good president. Please be sumb enough to believe me”.

    • Pio Gante

      pag olat ang LP malamang i-hold ang release ng pondo.

  • QritiQ

    It’s illegal to give-out prizes like cellular phones, cash, etc as this my be found an election offense by the Comelec but if The President grants a P27B worth of projects into the vote-rich Cebu less than a month prior to elections, it’s called Good News. This is trapo-type electioneering at its best.

  • corymoran

    Magaganda ang plataporma nila kaya di ako magtataka maraming sumusuporta sa kanila sa Cebu.

    • BoredRomeo

      Tama!.. mga kamaganak ko din sa Cebu halos lahat ng vote nila nsa team pnoy eh. like Angara, Legarda, Hontiveros, etc.

  • wawa2172

    It is government project and using it for campaign purposes is Epal and simply an act of vote buying. Corruption on this projects worth billion of pesos will only be expose after the term of PNoy or perhaps before his term ends when he became a lame duck. While he is pouring billion of pesos in Cebu and I am happy about it, nothing is heard for Mindanao. All he has promise is that rotational brownout will be over when the cost of power in the island is increase to the liking of the government. The people of Mindanao should stand up against the snub of PNoy government in developing the island. Wala ni anumang power plant project na nailaan to resolve the power crises. Let us hope LP wins in Cebu dahil kung hindi baka hangang ground breaking lang ang mangyayari sa mga projects at huwag naman sana.

  • phipher filipino

    FACK… KABILANG BA TALAGA TO SA MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE? WILL USE PHP27B JUST TO WIN THE VOTE FOR HIS PARTY… KAWAWA NAMAN YUNG LUGAR NA KONTI LANG ANG BOTANTE… WHAT A TYPICAL TRAPO!!

  • phipher filipino

    KASALANAN NA NAMAN ITO NI GLORIA ARROYO DAHIL NAMIMILI NG BOTO ANG PANG-GULO PARA SA KANYANG MGA TAGA “TEAM PATAY”.

  • managaha

    Kung hindi eleksiyon di gagawin ito. Para na rin vote-buying.

  • nparvus1202

    After the election, “Cancelled”.

  • TAGA-MASID

    huwag kayong manghusga na “VOTE BUYING” ang maghayag ng mga projects para sa cebu city areas, dahil kung babasahin ninyo ang article – ang project na ito ay pinag-aralan noong nakaraang taon pa. bawal ba ang magbalik ng pera sa taumbayan sa pamamagitan ng mga projects (i.e. roads, international terminal airport building, up-grade electricity supply, water supply)?

    • leomar101

      Naku bopol ka rin pala. o kayay bulag. Yong excuses mo noong isang taon pa ito naka plano ay masyadong mababaw na paliwanag.The timing is a clear indication of vote buying. Pero okey sainyo ngayon yan dahil yong mongol ang gumawa. So ano ngayon ang kaibahan ni aling Gloria at ni mongol ngayon?

  • Fulpol

    no comment…

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  • kentjohn

    sa papel palang yan,,ang problema kung kailan umpisahan.pangakokokoko

  • jorgii0550

    How about thé BRT project for Cebu City?

  • leomar101

    Hahahaha, bumabaha ang government money from taxpayers para lang makakuha ng boto sa Cebu. And this time few weeks before the election? At iyan ay hindi vote buying? “my foot” at walang kumanta o sumigaw yelo attack dogies na yang ginawa ni mongol na yan ay hindi illegal.
    Mga taga Cebu, tanggapin ninyo po ang pera na yan dahil iyan ay hindi personal na cuarta ni mongol. Pero huwag ninyong iboto ang mga inutil na Team Patay. Alalahanin po ninyo ko paano hinaharas si Garcia. Pa sweet sweet lang yan si mongol ngayon dahil kailangan ang boto ninyo. Tama na huwag na kayong paloko mga taga Cebu.

  • Cerise David

    Hindi ba malinaw na vote-buying yan?

  • parefrank

    And why Comelec and SC are not stopping him from his illegal, criminal campaigning with the use of billions tax-money? Does he really think he is above any rule or law because he controls the SC? He is the biggest vote buyer which is a crime.

  • kilabot

    and what about dark mindanao, noykapon?

    • Noriel Bernabe

      according to the newest survey from SWS, 74 percent of the people in mindanao are happy WITH NOY’S PERFORMANCE having 10 hour blackouts. 74 percent of our brother muslims are happy that their fellow muslims were murdered in malaysia and their rights violated. 74 percent of the people in mindanao are happy closing their business due to longstanding rotational brownouts. And majority are happy with noynoy’s decision to surrender our legitimate claim on SABAH to Malaysian PM.

  • parefrank

    And Erap’s very private and very usual Birthday give aways to visitors have been branded as illegal vote buying? Wow, and the crazy TIME added Noy to the 100 most influential people of the world?
    Do they count influencing voters by spending taxpayers money as being influential? And they de-listed German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who really influences the whole European Union and has worldwide influence. How stupid (or buyable?) is media?

  • disqusted0fu

    This Aquino administration is an epitome of the phrase “promises are made to be broken”. This will just be a repeat of the 2010 elections and pretty much the entire first half of Pnoy’s term… It’s full of promises but they are very rarely fulfilled. For all we know, some of the P27 billion might just go to his straight path government… straight to the pockets of his KKK.

    • Jane Tan

      I grant you that there is that possibility. But, considering the people in the opposition, I’m much more confident of the promises of the LP.

  • disqusted0fu

    Cebu is no longer opposition held because the administration somehow found a way to suspend the current Governor to have one of their allies be the acting Governor. That, along with pouring P27 billion to this province is how team pnoy will possibly win in this vote rich province.

  • katabay1106

    27B for already progressive and modern Cebu while other provinces in the country are still stuck in the middle ages. Tuwid na daan.

  • parefrank

    Why SC abd Comelec are not stopping Noy;s illegal vote buying for his team? He is the biggest vote buyer with his billions of tax money. But he commands the SC now with his lapdog Chief Justice who has to thank him to eternity for her appointment. It is his Straigjt Path.

  • http://www.facebook.com/erick.labandia Erick Labandia

    HWAG NA KAYONG MAG PAPA OTO PA KAY PINOY DHIL D NAYAN MANANALO ANG MGA MANOK NYA 3 NALANG SA KANILA ANG PASOK DHIL WALA SILANG KWENTA????BILIONS BILLIONS ANG PINAG UUSAPAN TAPOS MARAMING TAONG NAGHIHIRAP SA BUONG PILIPINAS??????D NAYAN MANALO SA ELECTION????

  • Palku Kha

    ito ba ang tinatawag nila na one of the influential man in the world na kailangan pang akitin ng bilyon bilyon halaga ang taongbayan para lang bumoto sa kandidato nya??? kung tunay kang ma impluwensyang tao,di na kailangan bibigyan mo ng bilyon bilyon halaga para lang sumunod sa gusto nya! kayong mga alipores ni Noynoy, di nyo ba naintindihan yan? kung hindi,puro dilaw ang utak ninyo!!!

  • boybakal

    Aquino pours P27B into vote-rich Cebu….
    Cebu is already the premier city of the country.
    Mindanao needs that money for power shortage problem.

    Why is there a need for 27B for???? sort of black mail, bribe for vote buy.
    Expect lot of corruption charges…..after his term.

  • Datuitum

    PNoy is using P27B to influence cebuano voters into voting LP candidates…so much for one of the most influencial people byTIME magazine…there are other places in the country that are in need of immediate attention and money,one is Mindanao with their rotating daily brownouts!

  • Noriel Bernabe

    maybe noynoy should prioritize poor places like tarlac. poverty and under development is glaring in tarlac even after noynoy served as congressman. noynoying should help his own province first and should try harder controlling his greed to get the vote rich province of cebu to favor team malaysia.

    hypocrite noynoy consistently criticized previous admin for such act of using government funds to influence voters and yet look what his doing. noynoy should learn to walk his talk! practice what you preach sir/madam!

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