Santiago has so far dragged only the names of Ramos, who defeated her in the 1992 presidential elections by about 800,000 votes, and big-time contractor Reghis Romero II, owner of R-II Builders, in the controversy.
But according to Santiago, there was no public bidding and the deal was given to Romero
The revisions were the construction of additional housing units and an incinerator, and the establishment of a river barge waste transport system.The changes increased the project cost to P17 billion. Other revisions were apparently made since both Santiago and Romero are now talking of reclaimed land as big as 79 hectares which the senator claimed would be given to the contractor as his payment. Romero
said no land has been paid to him, though he
admitted having bought a lot in the reclaimed area, the size of which he
could not remember.
The area has been transformed into a huge commercial-industrial-port complex.Business locators, including retail giant Makro, are operating there.Makro reportedly bought a two-hectare lot costing more than then P1 billion.A big port is now also operational.What exactly is Romero's role in the commercial operation of the complex is not clear.
Santiago claims NHA cannot sell any part of the reclaimed area or give it to Romero
as payment because that would violate the Constitution and the Supreme Court ruling in the equally controversial Public Estates Authority-Amari case.