Aklan Rep lambasts fellow solons for ‘sucking up’ to Duterte over BIDA bill

Aklan Rep lambasts fellow solons for ‘sucking up’ to Duterte over BIDA bill

BORACAY ISLAND (viaINews) – Other congressmen who proposed their own version of the Boracay Island Development Authority (BIDA) bill now pending at the House of Representatives received potshots from Aklan’s 2nd District Congressman Ted Haresco, who claimed that his colleagues are dipping their fingers into the proposed BIDA bill just to suck up to the President.

Haresco made the stinging remarks in a meeting with Boracay stakeholders over the weekend, the proceedings of which was aired via FB Live by his staunch supporter, Malay Councilor Datu Yap Sumndad.

Facilitated by Sumndad, the meeting was also attended by Malay Mayor Frolibar Bautista, Vice Mayor Niño Cawaling, and majority of the municipal councilors who earlier protested the introduction of the BIDA measure in Congress saying they were not consulted by the proponents of the proposed bill.

The BIDA Bill (HB 6214) was introduced on February 5, this year by Congressman Paolo Duterte of the 1st District of Davao City and is co-sponsored by Partylist Representatives Eric Yap (ACT-CIS) and Sandro Gonzalez (Marino).

But soon after President Duterte classified the bill as important during his 5th SONA on July, six new versions of the BIDA bill were filed in Congress to date authored by Aklan 1st District Congresssman Carlito Marquez (HB07256); Partylist Representative Claudine Diana Bautista (HB06285); Paranaque City 1st District Representative Eric Olivares (HB07249); Camarines Sur 2nd District Representative Luis Raymund Villafuere Jr., (HB07280); Cagayan de Oro City 2nd District Representative Rufus Rodriguez (HB07313); and Bataan 2nd District Representative Jose Enrique Garcia III (HB07360).

All the said BIDA bills are currently pending with the House Committee on Good Government, Enterprises, and Privatization and with the Committee on Local Government.


In his remarks, Haresco also particularly mentioned Congressman Paolo Duterte, whom he said was “just acting to please his father.”

“Well, Pulong has to follow the President. It’s his dad, right? So he needs to show off to his father that he’s working,” Haresco quipped.

As for the other solons who filed their separate BIDA bills, Haresco said they were just trying to seize the opportunity to suck up to the President.

“Sa Congress ‘pag sinabi ng President gusto ko ng ganito, within one hour lahat yan gusto magtsu-tsu kay President, magpa-file sila tapos susulat sila sa President telling him, ‘Boss, sinunod ko ang sinabi mo’ [It has been the way in Congress that if the President wants something, expect within an hour that all will do it. Then they will write the President to tell him, ‘Boss, I’ve done what you’ve asked’],” he said.

“Kanya-kanyang gimmick lang yan [It’s (a) to each-his-own gimmick],” he stressed.


During the meeting, observers told INews that Haresco was actually protesting the cold treatment to the proposed bill he introduced sometime last year.

The Aklan solon was referring to HB No. 4175 he filed on August 27, 2019 creating the Boracay Island Council, which, he said, aims to regulate the establishment, operation, and maintenance of utilities, and other services and infrastructures on the island.”

Haresco flaunted that he introduced the measure purposely to put under review both Tourism Secretary Berna Puyat and Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, who were then running the island after the 6-month closure of Boracay Island.

“That’s the purpose of my bill last year pero outdated na ito kasi last year pa [That’s the purpose of my bill but it is already outdated since it was supposed to be passed last year],” he said.


In earlier media interviews, Haresco called the BIDA Bill unconstitutional and said that he would rather push though with the creation of a Boracay Council.

In a position paper, Haresco who attacked the BIDA bill version of fellow Aklan solon, Rep. Carlito Marquez of the 1st Congressional District,  said the latter’s proposed bill  is “unconstitutional because it contravenes the intention of the State’s policy on local autonomy.”

“Technically, BIDA will create a division in the existing political structure in the province of Aklan. The Act of division will create deprivation of income that propels the economic development of the province and will also affect the local autonomy of the LGU,” he pointed out.


Calling the BIDA bill “an important measure” that the current Congress has to enact, President Duterte during his 5th SONA said the proposed measure showcases the government’s resolve to rehabilitate Boracay Island and safeguard the environment.

“We have seen remarkable reemergence of the island back to its former glory. I want this sustained, so I ask Congress to enact a law creating—and this is important—the Boracay Island Development Authority,” he stated.

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