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Duterte defends P50-M SEA Games cauldron: It’s the product of the mind!

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday defended the P50 million budget for the design and construction of the SEA Games stadium cauldron.

“You know, there can never be corruption in that situation because you commissioned a National Artist… Si (Francisco) Mañosa was commissioned by the government to create yung nakita mong kaldero ngayon,” Duterte told reporters.

The President was reacting to the statement of Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon that the multimillion-peso budget for the cauldron could construct around 50 classrooms.

“It is the product of the mind. You cannot estimate how much nalugi ka because it is the rendition of the mind of the creator. Kung yan ang singil niya, eh di sabihin niya, ‘Huwag mong bilhin kung ayaw mo. Yan ang presyo ko’. That’s like a painting.

“It is the rendition of the request of the government for this National Artist to build. Siya lang ang nakaalam kung magkano presyo nya,” he added.

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