Sen. Manny Pacquiao. (File photo by JOSEPH VIDAL / Senate PRIB) MANILA, Philippines — Sen. Manny Pacquiao assured Benguet residents on Tuesday that he would initiate an investigation into the alleged overpriced slope protection and flood control projects in the province, as cyclones that pass by the area could easily cause landslides. During his visit to the province, Pacquiao received a petition from the officials and members of the Manny Pacquiao for President Movement (MPPM) calling for a thorough probe into the projects that were funded in 2021 under the term of ACT-CIS party-list Rep. Eric Yap who was the legislative caretaker of Benguet. Petitioners claimed that rock-netting projects in Benguet — meant to stop landslides — cost twice as the government used to pay. Previous projects cost P12,000 per square meter while recent ones cost P24,000 per square meter. "Typhoon Maring is not the only reason for the sorry state of our farmers in Benguet," Pacquiao said in Filipino. "This COVID pandemic has brought a bigger problem, along with opportunistic government officials." "A big public works fund was added to Benguet, especially in the first strict. There was an almost nine-fold increase [in funding]," he added. "What puzzles me… Read full this story
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