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Facts don’t lie: ‘Dilawans’ blast Panelo for claiming Aquino admin completed zero infra projects

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Supporters of the Aquino administration have cried foul over Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo’s claim that his predecessor failed to complete any big-ticket infrastructure projects during his term.

Panelo brought up the Aquino administration’s supposedly inefficient infrastructure program after Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon called the Duterte administration’s “Build, Build, Build” program a “dismal failure,” with only nine out of 75 flagship projects halfway through construction.

“Senator Frank, look at the administration you previously belonged. Six years, not a single infrastructure na nagawa. Malayong-malayo sa dami,” he said.

Senator Francis Pangilinan, the Liberal Party’s president, said he was saddened by Panelo’s comment.

“Maliwanag hindi ‘yon totoo kaya nakakalungkot na ang spokesperson ay nagsasabi ng hindi totoo,” he told reporters at the Senate.

Former deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte shared a link to the Official Gazette’s webpage containing a list of the Aquino Administration projects to be completed during President Duterte’s time. Some 30 projects were targeted to be completed between 2016 and 2019.

Manuel Quezon III, who served as Communications Undersecretary during the Aquino administration, slammed Panelo for lying about what President Duterte’s predecessor accomplished.

“You can lead a Panelo to water, but you can’t force it to drink. In this case, read. See pp. 1-30 on accomplishments, including infrastructure, year-by-year, 2010-2016. And pp. 31-52, on projects started under Aquino but to be completed by his successors. https://archive.org/details/daang-matuwid,” he tweeted.

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