File photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler
MANILA, Philippines – The free birthday cakes for the senior citizens of Makati have been the subject of controversy for more than a year now.
Bondal told the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee investigating the corruption allegations against the Vice President that the cakes were overpriced at P1,000 each.
However, city records showed that the birthday cakes, which at the time were being supplied by Timestate Food and Beverages Corporation’s Bakerite, were actually only priced at P306.75 each. Bondal was later quoted as saying that he was only guessing when he made the overpricing claim.
More than a year later, former Makati vice mayor Bobby Brillante filed a graft complaint against acting Mayor Romulo “Kid” Peña Jr for supposedly overpricing the cakes yet again, this time by around P3 million.
However, Brillante questioned the price, saying that the Goldilocks cakes, which have a 9-inch diameter and two-inch height, are smaller compared to the cakes of Bakerite, which had the same diameter but were thicker by two inches.
Here’s a visual comparison of the cakes senior citizens of Makati received from March 2014 to mid-2015 when Bakerite was still the supplier, and when Goldilocks took over and started supplying the cakes from August 15 this year:
“This is how we were deceived. Bumaba ng P26 'yung halaga ng cake pero it was reduced by ½ kasi,” argued Brillante. (This is how we were deceived. The price of the cake decreased by P26 but it was because the size decreased by half.)
So were the people of Makati blindsided by the new administration that promised reforms in the city?
You decide. – Rappler.com
Whose cakes do you think are overpriced?