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Lutuan ng pera! Netizens appalled by Cayetano’s P55-M SEA Games cauldron

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Netizens expressed shock over the government’s audacity to spend P50 million for a cauldron that will only be used during the opening of the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games on November 30.

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon spilled the beans on the expensive cauldron during plenary deliberations on the Bases Conversion and Development Authority’s (BCDA) proposed 2020 budget Monday (November 18).

Interpellating BCDA’s budget sponsor, Senator Sonny Angara, Drilon found out that the cauldron’s P50-million price tag was due to the following: P4.48 million for design, P13.4 million for the foundation and P32 million for the construction.

Sports columnist Bill Velasco said in his Philippine Star column that the payment for the cauldron was listed under the Philippine Sea Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) chaired by House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano.

Twitter user @Mrcxism asked if corruption can be “cooked” in the cauldron.

“Mahal ng kaldero ano ba niluluto diyan? Corruption? Ay opw,” he said.

Netizen @louie_2000today jokingly called the P50-million cauldron “kaldero ng Diyos.”

“Kaldero ng Diyos na nagaalis ng mga kasalanan ng sanlibutan.. #Charot #GoldenKaldero,” he said.

Twitter user@deedee_holliday resurrected an old photo of former senator and now Antique Rep. Loren Legarda and asked if the government can borrow the cauldron she dipped herself in.

“Php50M for a cauldron to be used only once? Excessive. Bakit di na lang humiram kay Loren?” she said.

Netizen @Kid_Kilatis asked if the cauldron’s humongous size reflects the amount of funds that will be “cooked” by scheming politikos.

“Tanong sa mga organizers ng SEAGames: kapag may malaking kaldero po ba, ibig sabihin may malaking lulutuin?” he asked.

Twitter user @kipoebanda broke down how many regular cauldrons could be bought with the money spent for the SEA Games cauldron.

“SEA games kaldero na worth 50 million pesos could have bought 312,000 regular kalderos na walang takip and 217,000 regular kalderos na may takip at ergonomic wood handle,” he said.

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