Dredging of Laguna Lake pushed

SAYING the dredging of Laguna Lake is an issue that goes beyond politics and vested interests, Laguna Gov. E.R. Ejercito has asked President Benigno Aquino III to judge the project based on its merits.

In his report following his first 100 days in office, Mr. Aquino said he had suspended the P18.7-billion budget for the project based on suspicion it was tainted.

But Ejercito said the project, proposed by a Belgian firm and backed by the Belgian government, had already been vetted by Justice Secretary Leila de Lima as “legally tenable.”

He quoted University of the Philippines professor Solita Monsod as saying that Mr. Aquino might have been misinformed or misled about the project.

He asked the President “to reconsider his thoughts” on the Laguna Lake dredging, hinting the project is being derailed by lack of important information and consultation at the expense of the people.

“The province of Laguna is in full support of the project,” Ejercito said.

“We believe that this can help in the development of Laguna and help alleviate the plight of the masses that are constantly stricken by typhoons and floods.”

SOURCE: http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/insideNews.htm?f=2010/october/28/news9.isx&d=2010/october/28