Hacienda Luisita-SCTEx road controversy to pull down Aquino’s ratings further, says solon

MANILA, Feb. 3 — As the survey ratings of Senators Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, standard bearer of the Liberal Party (LP), and Manuel “Manny” Villar, presidential candidate of the Nacionalista Party (NP) are now “neck-to-neck” as reported by various pollsters, a lawmaker on Wednesday predicted that Aquino’s ratings would further drop due to the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx) controversy.

Cavite Rep. Jesus Crispin Remulla said in a press conference that the alleged overpricing in the construction of the SCTEx and the clamor for the Cojuangcos to distribute Hacienda Luisita to farmers have dampened Aquino’s presidential bid.

Remulla, an ally of Villar, said the national government paid P100 per square meter for the right-of-way (ROW) of SCTEx to parts of the 600-hectare Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac, when the actual value was only P8 per square meter.

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