P680-M Iloilo flyover project’s three monkeys

By Alex P. Vidal

“The corruption of the best things gives rise to the worst.” —David Hume

FOR sure, there are retired and active politicians who are now jittery after it was reported over the weekend that the House of Representatives might finally tackle next month the proposed House Resolution No. 721 seeking a legislative inquiry on the much-scandalized P680-million Iloilo flyover project or Ungka flyover (UFO) and the delayed construction of the P560-million Aganan flyover also in Pavia, Iloilo.

These nervous politicians—retired and active—are aware that sooner or later, they will be unmasked and subjected to intense scrutiny and inquisition once the formal congressional investigation starts.

It’s a common knowledge that the DPWH “isn’t the lone culprit” in this imbroglio.

Somewhere and sometime during the conceptualization of this multi-million infra project that has now become the symbol of shame and scandal of the Ilonggos, there were politicians—now retired and active—who were involved.

The same politicians must have enjoyed the halcyon years enriching themselves at the expense of the taxpayers through several infrastructure projects in the past.

It was only probably in the P680-million Iloilo flyover project that their luck came to a screeching halt (read: nabuking) after the flyover was monitored to be “sinking” just when it was about to be presented to the public.

A sign of the natural law of retribution or karmic justice?


The project’s genesis will be traced from the sources of funds to the actual implementation.

There must be bigger players in this gargantuan infrastructure project, and these big players must have hit “big”—even bigger than what some Ilonggos have imagined.

Since the scandal of epic proportion erupted in September 2022 when the flyover was suddenly ordered closed days after it was opened to public, these retired and active politicians, who may have waltzed with corrupt DPWH bigwigs and private contractors, have pretended they heard and saw nothing about the burning issue.

No statement of concern; no reaction; no condemnation; no nothing.

Strange. The silence is deafening—and irritating.

All of a sudden, they became the three famous monkeys—the ones who heard no evil, saw no evil, and spoke no evil.


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(The author, who is now based in New York City, used to be the editor of two daily newspapers in Iloilo.—Ed)