Lawmakers trade barbs over 'bridges to nowhere'

report from Henry Omaga Diaz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 09 2012 10:39 PM | Updated as of Oct 10 2012 06:39 AM

MANILA, Philippines - A senator and a congressman have traded barbs on an allegedly anomalous bridge program during the Arroyo administration.

The contracts for the so-called "bridges to nowhere" were worth more than P100 billion.

In a Senate hearing, agencies involved in the Tulay ng Pangulo Project of the Arroyo administration pointed fingers at one another.

The bridge contracts worth P110 billion,are reportedly overpriced and built in the middle of farmlands, without any road connections.

After the hearing, Senator Serge Osmeña    again accused party-list Rep. Teodorico Haresco of serving as Malacañang's "fixer" for the project.

"Siya ang fixer, representative ng mga suppliers at the same time, in charge sa project," Osmeña said.

In his privilege speech Monday, Haresco again denied Osmeña's allegations.

Haresco claimed Osmeña is protecting a certain company's interests.

"I dare say that this rehashed investigation on the Tulay ng Pangulo is this honorable senator's red herring or decoy," the congressman said.

Haresco also claimed that Osmeña is going after him since his political opponent is a woman whom the senator is supporting.

Osmeña, however, said Haresco is only trying to divert attention from the real issue. - ANC