Who will pay to maintain the P9.5 billion Clark sports stadium and other sports faciltiies after the Southeast Asian Games (SEAG)?

Bahala na si Batman: Drilon blasts Cayetano, henchman Dizon for mindless spending on SEAG facilities

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Who will pay to maintain the P9.5 billion Clark sports stadium and other sports faciltiies after the Southeast Asian Games (SEAG)?

Senator Frankling Drilon is worried that Speaker Alan Cayetano, chairman of the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC), and his former errand boy, Bases Conversion Development Authority Chair Vince Dizon, have built white elephant sports projects in the New Clark City in Tarlac and skateboarding and cycling facilities in Tagaytay.

“I have seen a few sites of athletic meets and events all over the world. I have seen the Olympic Stadium in a number of countries, which today are just monuments of non-use. And these are assets which are, in effect, just in our books without any income being earned,” said Drilon during the 2020 budget hearings where the approval of BCDA’s P15.496-billion proposed budget for 2020 had been recalled.

Drilon felt that Cayetano and Dizon did not put too much brain power in planning whether such a one-month, minor sports event deserved massive funds that could have been spent for projects with more social and lasting impact.

“It would appear to me that we just built this, the money was available, bahala na si Batman pagkatapos (we leave everything to chance),” said Drilon.

Dizon claimed that the New Clark City stadium would only need a P200 million a year maintenance budget which he planned to be financed through private sector deals.

But Drilon was adamant that these facilities were doomed to be a bust just like flagship projects under Dizon.

“I think this has not been thought out, it can be a burden to the budget with the maintenance cost. I believe we cannot generate enough funds to maintain this and because of the lack of funds, these facilities with deteriorate overtime,” Drilon said.

Drilon had previously dissed the 75 flagship projects under Dizon as a “dismal failure” with only two projects completed in three years and 24 projects weeded out because they were white elephants or not yet deemed feasible.

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For buses’ benefit: 300K liters of fuel smuggled weekly from Bataan to NCR

By Nancy Carvajal

At least 300,000 liters of fuel is smuggled weekly from a shipyard in Mariveles, Bataan to garages of various bus companies in Metro Manila and nearby provinces, persons involved in transporting the product told the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

NBI Special Unit Action agent Melvin Escurel said individuals they have talked to claimed to be clueless about the smuggling of fuel.

“A witness said they just received instructions from ‘Jerome’ and ‘Eric’ to proceed to the Seafront Shipyard and wait for the barge that would fill up their tanker,’’ Escurel said.

Using a long hose, diesel is loaded into the tankers inside the shipyard from a barge anchored about 500 meters away from the dock.

The tankers are filled with fuel at least three times a week. They travel to the shipyard from a garage in Pasay City.

Escurel said four to five tankers deliver the fuel to the garages of various bus lines. One tanker, meanwhile, heads to Fairview, Quezon City to fill up a supposedly abandoned tanker.

Based on witnesses’ testimonies, Escurel said the fuel smuggling scheme involving the Bataan shipyard appears to be well organized.

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