About two years ago, there was an uproar over reports that many bridges under a program financed by foreign lenders and implemented by the government were being built on carabao cart paths while many roads built for mechanized vehicles remained segmented for lack of spans across rivers and streams. There was even a picture of an all-steel two-lane bridge built in the middle of a field, with both ends leading to nowhere.
After the “bridges to nowhere” scandal had its 15 seconds of fame, public attention passed on to other corruption controversies. Since the Arroyo administration has an unbeaten record among all administrations this country has had on graft-ridden deals, the seeming fickleness of public attention is understandable. People have to catch their breath in following the succession of anomalies unearthed one after the other.