MANILA, Philippines - After the mass protest at the Rizal Park (Luneta) on Monday against the pork barrel and corruption, netizens are now outraged by the P7.8 million flagpole project in the national landmark.
A photo on the Facebook page TAX Rebellion Pilipinas showing the construction details of the project have been making the rounds online, garnering nearly 7,000 shares in just more than 24 hours.
"Kakagaling pa lang ng karamihan sa Luneta, at ito mga kabayan ang napansin ng isa nating kababayan. Ano ang masasabi ninyo dito sa proyektong ito. Sulit ba ang pag-gagamitan ng halos P8 Million pesos natin hindi para kumpunihin dahil sira, ngunit nais lang nilang gawing mechanized ang flagpole," the Facebook post containing the photo said.
More than a thousand netizens have commented, with some venting their rage against the seemingly pricey project.
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Architect Jinky Oliveros said there should be a breakdown of the project cost.
"I am an architect...overpricing na kapresyo ng isang bahay...pwede na mag-renovate ng schools sa mga poor areas...nakakainis ang laki nyan..hindi makatotohanan, dapat may breakdown ang estimate nyan..." Oliveros said in a Facebook comment.
According to a previous Philippine Star article, National Parks and Development Committee (NPDC) spokesperson Kenneth Montegrande said the 105-foot (32-meter) flagpole in front of the Rizal monument will be replaced by one that measures 150 feet (45 meters) before December 30.
The Philippine flag will also no longer be manually raised as the flagpole will be mechanized.
Raising the flag would become mechanized because it would be strenuous for humans to bring the flag to the top because they would have to deal with the strong wind at that height, at 150 feet,the report quoted Montegrande as saying.
Made in China
The report also said that the flagpole itself will be imported from China.
Some netizens are also disappointed that the flagpole will come from the Asian giant, which is currently locked in a territorial dispute with the Philippines.
"At ang pinakamasaklap dito, ang pinakamalaking insulto dito, manggagaling at bibilhin ang flagpole sa CHINA!!!," the Facebook page TAX Rebellion Pilipinas said.
"This make me sick.. wla n me msabi..sang ayon me sa lhat ng sinsabi nyo.. kawawa tyong mga Pilipino!. At sa CHina pa na binu bully na nga tyo!" Facebook user Dangz Allanza Docot said in a comment.
"Kung ibida ang galing ng Pinoy sa buong mundo... Tapos itong simplemg flag pole di magawa ng pinoy? Sa China pa kukunin?" said Julius Arroyo.
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