Celebs air protest about the 55M-peso SEA Games cauldron

“Sulit ang cauldron kung corrupt officials ang gagawing pang gatong sa apoy. Charot!" - Ethel Booba

PHOTOS: @agotisidro & @ethelbooba on Instagram, @leahlnavarro & @jimparedes on Facebook

“Sulit ang cauldron kung corrupt officials ang gagawing pang gatong sa apoy. Charot!" - Ethel Booba

Critics of the Duterte govenment, including some Pinoy celebrities, are presently airing their protest on social media for what is viewed as the government's "extravagant” spending—(to borrow the word of Senator Franklin Drillon)—for the P55M cauldron, which will be lit during the opening ceremony of 2019 Southeast Asian Games, which the country is hosting.

Sen. Franklin Drillon initially questioned the P55 million budget spent for the said structure, saying it could have been used to other government projects, such as the construction of new classrooms.

The Philippine SEA Games committee chairman, House Speaker Allan Peter Cayetano, said that the budget spent for SEA Games cauldron, now erected outside the New Clark City Athletics Stadium in Tarlac, was justifiable since it was a "work of art" by the late National Artist for Architecture Francisco “Bobby” Mañosa.

Still, some celebs think otherwise. 

Actress Agot Isidro, a known critic of the the Duterte administration, said her piece on Twitter last November 18 and said that the act was a clear case of “overspending" the people's tax on something she referred to as "gaguhan".

"Million and more reasons for everyone to not want to pay our taxes," Agot wrote in her tweet. "Sa gaguhan na ganito napupunta ang buwis natin. Game ka pa ba, Pilipinas?"

Singer Leah Navarro also slammed the government for the overpriced “unimpressive, ugly, and one-time use butane lighter” project.

"Good grief," said the singer on Twitter. “P50M for an unimpressive, ugly, one-time use butane lighter?! Damn, the shameless overpricing by this gov’t. Well, it’s never been known for it’s honesty or propriety."

In earlier tweet, Navarro also questioned why the cauldron was installed in the stadium in Tarlac that will not be the venue of the opening ceremony of the said sporting event. (The opening ceremony is reportedly to be held at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan).

"Bewildering," Leah expressed her confusion. "Lighting the cauldron is normally the highlight of a sports opening ceremony. Why is the Kaldero located in a venue that won’t be used for the SEAG opening ceremonies? So weird. But then, the peeps in charge are weird and from the Upside Down. They stink."

She also agreed with tweet that said that the Duterte administration is just using the name of the late National Artist Bobby Mañosa to hide the corruption behind the now- controversial cauldron.

"Indeed, was Bobby Mañosa healthy enough to have designed this Kaldero himself?" asked Navarro in one of her most recent tweets. "There must be a price difference between commissioning a piece by the artist himself and one designed by one of his underlings. No matter, this Kaldero is also literally misplaced!"

Singer Jim Paredes, for his part, encapsulized his disgust in one word. His November 18 tweet simply asked: “What??”—which is in reaction to another Twitter user’s tweet about a philstar.com story on the couldron.

Singer-comedian Ethel Booba, however, has a different take on the issue. Known for her witty comments and wisecracks, Ethel tweeted that she’s approve of the couldron having been built for as long as  “Sulit ang cauldron kung corrupt officials ang gagawing pang gatong sa apoy. Charot!"

At press time, Ethel’s Tweet has been retweeted 7.9K times; liked 38.9K times; and has been flooded with comments and reactions.

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