Back in 2013, President Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III made a promise before a huge crowd of yellow-shirted supporters. President BS Aquino promised that the LRT (Light Rail Transit) Line 1 project (Baclaran to Bacoor) would be completed in two years.
Best of all, it’s all captured on video!
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As usual, President BS Aquino made his promise in the Tagalog dialect (perhaps to make scrutiny by external parties a bit more difficult)…
At pag hindi ho nangyari ito, nandyan ho si Secretary Abaya na nangangasiwa ng proyektong ito, dalawa na kaming magpapasagasa siguro sa tren…
[Translated: “If this does not happen, there is Secretary [Jun] Abaya who oversees this project, he and I will have ourselves run over by a train.”]
It’s been more than two years now. Will President BS Aquino make good on his promise?
Unfortunately, this little detail seems to have been swept under the rug even as millions of Metro Manila commuters (and motorists alike) waste half their waking lives stuck in the infernal traffic jams the nation’s capital is world-renowned for. The key infrastructure “achievement” trumpeted by President BS Aquino during his recently-concluded State of the Nation Address (SONA) was the newly-completed expressway linking Manila’s southern suburban city of Muntinlupa with Cavite — all 3 kilometres of it!
To be fair, President BS Aquino had it right. Japanese warriors are renowned for taking the value of their word seriously — to the point of committing Hara-kiri (ritual suicide) to uphold their honour; though it is unlikely that a true Japanese Samurai would pull in an unwitting sidekick to share in his glorious demise.
benign0 is the Webmaster of GetRealPhilippines.com.