Give credit to whom credit is due.
This is the hard lesson that netizens want Department of Public Ways and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar to learn when they called his attention regarding a social media post of the latter which seems to grab credit for a project initiated, approved and actually started during the administration of former president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino.
In a post in his official Facebook account, Villar boasted about the opening of the Lisap Bridge which is Oriental Mindoro’s longest bridge.
“With the opening of the Lisap bridge, motorists won’t have to endure passing through a long circumferential road nor riding small boats or rafts to cross the dangerous Bongabong River just to reach this innermost part of Bongabong town.”
While he did not directly or expressly claim that the bridge is a project of the government of President Rodrigo Duterte, his use of the hashtag #BuildBuildBuild implies that the same was constructed pursuant to the program of present administration.
“Buld, Build, Build” is a slogan of the administration for its government program of embarking on an ambitious 180 billion dollar infrastructure spending bonanza in order to boost the economy.
However, Engineer Rey John Santos Asuncion, a native Bongabong, Oriental Mindoro, called Villar’s attention and corrected the impression that the DPWH chief wanted to make by putting it on record that the Lisap Bridge was actually a project of the Aquino administration.
“Build Build Build? But the Lisap Bridge was a project of the Aquino administration, the construction was in full swing in 2015 and from the Engineer’s point of view, it will take at least 2-3 years for its completion considering it is the longest bridge ever constructed in Mindoro,”
“I’m a native of Bongabong town itself, don’t even debate with me. Now, give credit where it is due, thank you PNoy and to the Daang Matuwid,” he continued.
However, the engineer had predicted that his comment will be deleted. Thus, he was able to make a screenshot of Villar’s post with his comment before the same was removed.
“So my comment on DPWH Sec. Mark Villars’ page got deleted, yep, tinaggal nila yung comment ko discrediting their Build-Build-Build program sa Lisap Bridge in my town of Bongabong, Mindoro when in fact it was a project of the Aquino administration in 2015 pero since alam ko na ang gawain ng mga ito to manipulate information for their propaganda, na printscreen ko before they could even delete it 🤣”
Asuncion quipped in a separate post.
Thereafter, several pages like Juan Nationalist, Philippines Defense Forces Forum, Oras Na, Roxas Na, Juan Luna and Thinking Class of the Philippines shared Asuncion’s screenshot instantly putting Villar on the spotlight.
This is not the first time that Villar was caught claiming credit for a project initiated and approved by the previous administration.
The young Villar should realize that he cannot hide his credit-grabbing ways and his gross incompetence by simply deleting commentaries in his social media page. No, sir, not in this age of screenshots and resibos.