Before moving that the BIDA bill version (HB 6214) be submitted to the House Committee with changes and refinements, ACT-CIS Partylist Representative Eric Yap appears to have taken a swipe at Aklan Congressman Teodorico Haresco for the latter’s controversial remarks over various BIDA bills pending in Congress.
“We are not from Boracay pero hindi po natin mai-aalis na napamahal na sa amin ang Boracay. Dito po nagsimula ang aming pagkakaroon ng inspirasyon para mailagay ang Pilipinas sa taas ng buong mundo. Ang Boracay ay isang inspirasyon sa amin. Ang purpose ng aming panukalang BIDA is para i-bida ang Boracay at hindi lang po pasayahin ang ating Presidente. Alam po namin ang potential ng Boracay. Ilang beses na pong na-feature ito sa ibat-bang bansa ngunit kapag naisaayos po natin ang Boracay mas mamahalin pa po ito ng iba’t-ibang bansa. Panahon na po para maipasa ang bill na ‘to [We are not from Boracay, but we have come to love (it). It is what inspired us to put the Philippines over and above other countries in the world. Boracay is an inspiration to us. The purpose of BIDA is to showcase Boracay, not only to please the President. We know the potential of Boracay; it has been extolled numerous times by other countries. But when we are done organizing Boracay, they will love it even more. It’s time this bill is passed],” Yap said in his opening statement during the Committee hearing this morning.
The House Committee on Government Enterprises and Privatization chaired by Congressman Eric Olivares conducted the Committee hearing via Zoom in tandem with the Committee on Local Government chaired by Congressman Noel Villanueva.
Yap, according to political observers, was actually taking a potshot at Haresco, who, in an earlier meeting with local officials and Malay along with stakeholders and representatives of business organizations, lambasted his fellow congressmen for their “gimmickry” of pushing their versions of the BIDA bill “just to suck up to the President.”
The video footage of Haresco’s stingy remarks was aired via Facebook live by Malay Councilor Datu Yap Sumndad.
It may be recalled that HB 6214 was introduced on February 5, this year, by co-authors Cong. Paolo Duterte, Yap, and Marino Partylist Representative Sandro Gonzalez. But soon after President Duterte classified the bill as important during his 5th SONA in July, six new versions of the BIDA bill were filed in Congress authored by Aklan 1st District Congressman 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).
Congressman Duterte earlier called on Haresco to stop politicizing the proposed measure and do the right thing, instead, by helping to work for a more pragmatic approach in ensuring a sustainable Boracay.
“Our strategic choice is to embrace and support measures that will ensure the sustainable development of Boracay. Huwag po sana natin i-pulitika ito [Let us not politicize this]. Instead, let us work together to protect the beauty of Boracay Island and further promote it as a top international tourist destination,” Duterte appealed, even as he asked the Aklan solon “not to be drowned out by politics because of this measure.”
“We may not be from Boracay, but we are equally concerned about its sustainability as well as the welfare of its stakeholders and people,” the young Duterte stressed.(via INews)