Thursday, January 07, 2010

The "Greening" of Metro Manila

When a government official proposes to change the colors surrounding the capital to that of the administration candidate, it's apparent that nothing is sacred to this administration.

While I've never been a fan of former Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) head Bayani Fernando's love of the color pink, I'm less than thrilled by the plans of current head Oscar Inocentes to replace it with the color green, which is the color of Lakas-Kampi presidential candidate Gilbert Teodoro.

Supposedly, green is Inocentes' favorite color, while presidential spokesperson Gary Olivar claims that the fact that it's also Teodoro's color is "coincidental", but then notes that any help Teodoro can get is appreciated. It's clear, then, that the government is going all out in promoting Teodoro's bid, even going to the extent of repainting all of the pink structures in the Metro Manila area. This isn't surprising, considering Teodoro's poor showing in the polls so far.

Furthermore, the repainting of the affected areas in the entire Metro Manila is probably going to cost a pretty penny, and the bill is something we, the taxpayers, are likely going to foot. Should we take this lying down? Definitely not.

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