Question: Tell me, since when has a flagpole been a nation’s pride?
Answer: Only now, and it can only happen in the Philippines!
I tell you, unless somebody shows me that another country on planet Earth has designed and erected a flagpole in their midst to fly their national emblem for self-esteem at the equivalent cost of P7.87 million, then, gladly, I will apologize.
Until then, I say, you guys at the Department of Tourism (DOT) are not doing any better in giving justice to the Filipino people by instilling in us a false sense of pride by claiming, nay, asserting the importance of Philippine history through a 150 feet high flagpole costing an extravagant P7.87 million.
What has an expensive flagpole got to do with our history.
Yes, I agree that to raise an extra large size flag emblematic of the country’s history at the hallowed grounds of Luneta Park necessitates a sturdy flagpole, but does it have to be that expensive?
Yes, I understand that it needs already a mechanical devise to help man raise the huge flag and a solid foundation to hold it in place, but does it have to be unreasonably high-priced?
Even if the restoration project has gone through a public bidding, as claimed by DOT, what makes it reasonable?
They say the P7.87 million is also earmarked for the removal of structures, reinforcement of steel bar, concrete works, carpentry works, tile works, pole and casing and includes further expenses for construction safety and health, project billboards, construction site fence and field office construction.
Has there really been a study on this or are we just after the bragging rights that the Philippines has the most sophisticated, state-of-the-art flag raising mechanism of the tallest flagpole in the whole world?
Is it the tallest?
Why, is the new designed flagpole also going to be a tourist attraction?
Talking about false sense of pride, indeed.
Note that the flagpole project drew attention and immediate criticism from the public after seeing the project billboard during the “Million People March” called upon to show outrage against the PDAF or pork barrel scam.