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Dismissed Nayong Pilipino board defy Duterte

By Genalyn Kabiling
Malacañang has blasted the sacked Nayong Pilipino Foundation (NPF) board for its “open defiance” of President Duterte after placing a paid newspaper ad insisting the legality of the lease contract with a casino developer.

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the President already found the Nayon Landing project flawed and opposed new casino operations in the country but the NPF board still blatantly disobeyed his decision.

“Nabasa ko po at medyo nababahala ako, parang ito po ay talagang pagsuway doon sa naging desisyon na ng Presidente [I read the ad and I’m quite disturbed. This seems to be a defiance of the President’s decision],” Roque said in a radio interview.

“Itong liham po na isinapubliko at ipinablish pa, hindi sa isa, kung hindi sa dalawang pahayagan, ito po ay open defiance na doon sa naging desisyon na ng Presidente. Mag-antay muna po silang maging Presidente, bago sila gagawa ng ganitong mga desisyon [The letter published not only in one but two newspapers is an open defiance of the President’s decision. They should wait to become President before they make such decision],” he added.

Roque said the NPF officials should have just complied with the government’s policy against new casino operations, reminding government appointees that they serve at the pleasure of the President.

“Matapos magsalita ang Presidente na itong kontratang ito ay flawed, na ayaw na niya ang mga casino, eh dapat sumunod na talaga itong liderato ng Nayong Pilipino [After the President declared the contract was flawed and he was opposed to casinos, the Nayong Pilipino leadership should have followed his decision],” he said.

In a paid advertisement published on newspapers Wednesday, former NPF chair Patricia Ocampo defended that the Nayong Landing integrated project of Landing International Development Ltd (LIDL) was above board, adding that the board officials were merely victims of a smear campaign to derail the project.

Ocampo said the contract, forged by the NPF with LIDL’s local subsidiary Landing Resorts Philippines Development Corp., was valid for 25 years, not 70 years, with a lease rate of P570 per square meter per month. She also said the lease project did not require public bidding under the law.

“The lease of the Nayong Pilipino property is therefore absolutely legal,” she said.

Early this month, President Duterte ordered the dismissal of all board and management of the Nayong Pilipino Foundation over the alleged irregular casino resort project.

Duterte has also called for a review of the long-term lease contract, which he claimed was pursued without public bidding and was “grossly disadvantageous” to government.

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