Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Pilipinas, Pinagbayad noon ng P800 Million Dahil sa Pagkansela ni Noynoy sa Laguna Lake project!


Sa pagpanaw ni dating Pangulong Nonoy Aquino, kaniya-kaniyang paandar ang mga dilawan at mga kaalyado nito sa media para pagandahin ang imahe ng namayapang presidente. Ibinibida nila ang mga nagawa at legasiya daw ng dating Pangulo.


Pero alam ba ninyo na pinagbayad ng halos 1 billion ang Pilipinas dahil sa pagbasura ni Aquino dredging project sa Laguna Lake?

Ayon sa artikulo ng Business Mirror noong 2017, kinansela ni Aquino dredging ng Laguna Lake kahit na legal ang proyekto.

THE International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) has ordered the Philippine government to pay P800 million to Baggerwerken Decloedt En Zoon (BDC) for scrapping the P18.7-billion Laguna Lake Rehabilitation Project (LLRP) in 2011.

ICSID issued the award on January 23, 2017, six years after former President Benigno S. Aquino III junked the deal that was twice declared by then-Justice Secretary Leila M. de Lima as “legal and binding”.

Former Justice Secretary Alberto Agra also issued a legal opinion affirming the validity of the contract entered into between BDC and the Arroyo administration through the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR.)

The BDC project was originally crafted to dredge the 94,900-hectare Laguna de Bay and deepen its average depth of 2.5 meters, and called for the creation of navigational channels in the waterway, which has Class C water quality deemed to be inappropriate for human consumption.

Source: BM