Friday, February 15, 2008

Mass housing programs junked for ZTE project

Mass housing programs for millions of public servants are not in the priority list of the national government.

This revelation came out after Joey de Venecia, son of the former House Speaker and a key witness in the NBN-ZTE broadband scandal, found out that funding for the government's mass housing projects was scrapped in the original development programs of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and deliberately substituted them with that of the ZTE broadband project.

The younger de Venecia confirmed to media that he has copies of the authenticated documents to prove that NEDA was somehow involved in this divertionary tactics, perhaps, due to pressures from top Malacanang officials.

De Venecia admitted, too, that the documents were sent to him by Malacanang insiders themselves who might have infuriated at the way things are going on under the present administration.

De Venecia today attended the protest rally in Makati City, whereby at least 10,000 protestors have showed up, along with some local and national government officials to show their solidarity with the people.

However, the protestors were disgruntled to hear of the military and the police warnings that the rally would only be until 8:30 p.m. If the protestors go beyond this time limit, the civil disturbance units of the government will force them to disperse.

But some Makati City employees have expressed frustrations over the holding of the protest rally because it caused rerouting of traffic. Many of them have to hike alaong the stretch of Ayala Avenue just to get through EDSA where they could catch with the Metro Rail Transit and other means of transportation.

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