Why is Kid Peña continuing Binay’s free cake and medicine programs?
A political observer is wondering why Makati City Acting Mayor Romulo “Kid” Peña is continuing what he called as “ridiculous” programs and policies of suspended mayor Junjun Binay.
In a strongly-worded commentary published at Inquirer entitled “Birds of the same feather”, Antonio Calipjo Go took note of the P9.3-million bidding for the supply of birthday cakes for senior citizens and the ‘Libreng Gamot sa Makati’ program worth P50 million.
Go said these programs had put the Binays in trouble.
“Why are the ‘new’ city administrators of Makati copying the ridiculous programs and policies of the discredited Binays? Did the Binays not get into trouble precisely because of those questionable practices?” he questioned.
To begin with, Go, the academic supervisor of Marian School of Quezon City, said giving cakes to senior citizens “has to be the dumbest idea ever to ooze from the spongy brains of politicians”.
“Cakes are sugar and spice and everything nice, but they just aren’t good for the health and wellbeing of the old ones!” wrote Go. “They are, in fact, fatal to those with diabetes and related diseases.”
“Why can’t the ‘new’ set of officials come up with their own brand of ‘epal’ and ‘pampam’ projects for senior citizens?” he stressed.
As for the P50-million medicine program, Go said the wordings of the “Invitation to Bid” is downright vague.
“Correct me if I’m being stupid, but what I understand from what I read is that the winning bidder will be paid P50 million by the City of Makati for ‘acquiring a contract for outsource pharmacy.’ What does that mean, if it means anything at all?” Go commented.
Both contracts, he said, are only for four-and-a-half months and after that period, “city officials will again seek new bids for the same dubious project, opening the door wide open for the possible entry of corrupt wheeler-dealers three times a year!”
“There is no hope for our country if we will keep going through the motions of kicking out old dogs and installing new ones but neglecting to dispose of flea-infested collars. The entire doghouse must be thoroughly sanitized and, if need be, razed, to get rid of the ticks and garapata of corruption,” Go stressed.
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