Press Release
October 30, 2013

Drilon thanked by Iloilo mayors, philanthropists,
solon for major Iloilo projects

Senate President Franklin M. Drilon expressed gratitude to those who continue to support him amid the barrage of negative propaganda hurled against him.

"I am deeply grateful for the support of various individuals and sectors in spite of efforts of my detractors to malign me through a highly-funded media vilification campaign," said Drilon.

"Their testimonials recognize the fact that the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) allotted to me for projects and programs were spent properly and contrary to claims of my detractors, not a single centavo of these funds was channeled to bogus non-government organizations or ghost projects," emphasized Drilon.

The League of Municipalities in the Philippines' Iloilo chapter declared its "unwavering support" for Drilon through a resolution passed recently.

In its resolution, the LMP-Iloilo said it continues to believe in the integrity of Senate President Franklin Drilon.

"Despite his unblemished record in public service, he is being criticized by noisy political mercenaries who are out to spread misinformation and half-truths," said Barotac Viejo Mayor Niel "Beng" Tupas III.

Likewise, a volunteer group along with Rep. Arcadio Gorriceta of 2nd District of Iloilo thanks Drilon in a public manifesto, citing his vital contributions to the development of major projects in the province.

In the manifesto, Gorriceta and the philanthropists behind the "ONE MEAL PROGRAM" thanked Drilon for "his love and concern to the Ilongos" and lauded him "for promoting development and progress in the province."

Along with Gorriceta, those who signed the letter include One Meal program chairman and known philanthropist Teresa Chan, and members Pinky Rojo, Baby Porras, Maribel Hailey, and Antonietta Chan, among others.

The projects made possible through the support of the Senate chief include the Benigno S. Aquino Avenue Widening Project, the Metro Iloilo Radial Road and the Iloilo International Airport.

The new airport is set to "promote economic development and tourism in Western Visayas by making Iloilo accessible to direct international flights," added Gorriceta.

Gorriceta and the others also noted the senator's assistance with the Iloilo River Esplanade and the Jalaur River Multi-Purpose Project, considered as the first and largest reservoir dam outside of Luzon.

"This will provide bulk water for consumption, irrigation to boost agriculture and hydropower plant to provide electricity for Iloilo," the group explained.

The letter also mentions Drilon's assistance with the development of the two-storey Iloilo Convention Center and the 14.18-kilometer Iloilo Circumferential Road.

The civic group also thanked Drilon for providing the initial funding of the One Meal Program.

"This fund has gone a long way in the successful implementation of our programs intended to promote quality education in depressed barangays by construction of new school buildings, repair of classrooms, donations of books and feeding programs to indigent students," the group remarked.

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