Dads volunteer to save King David’s organ
By ROGER M. BALANZA
When government wrecking crews descend on Queensland Motel to pulverize the illegal structures built by motel owner Teodorico Adarna on a government property in Matina Aplaya, King David would have no reason to fear about losing his penis.
This early two city councilors have made a pact to be the caretakers of the most sensitive parts of two King David statues that Adarna built on a bay walk at the government foreshore property.
Adarna, whose P16 million development that gobbled up about 2 hectares of the 24-hectare City Reservation Area is about to be blown into smithereens with the city government planning to order total demolition, had built two concrete replica of the young King David in all their naked splendor: a towering 30-footer at the middle of the baywalk and a three-foot miniature at the entrance to what is now a popular destination for the public.
At the sidelines of a consultation meeting yesterday at City Hall on the fate of the Adarna illegal constructions, councilor Victorio Advincula and councilor Tessie Maranon in an off-the-cuff conversation jestingly worried about the fate of the bigger statue’s 10-foot armor and the little one’s teeny-weeny one-inch penile property.
The consultation, attended by Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) chairman Andrea Domingo, centered on the illegal reclamation of Adarna. The King Davids’ doom looked certain with acting Mayor councilor Mabel Acosta, who helped Domingo preside over the gathering, hot about seeing the statues going the way of the dodo. Acosta was the most vocal in assailing the Adarna construction even before the early stages of the illegal reclamation, particularly zeroing in on the King David statue that he described as obscene and an assault to morality.
Sir Vic, you take care of the smaller one and I will take charge of the big one, Maranon told Advincula, the city council’s most senior member, during a conversation heard by reporters Alan Abais of DXAB and Mike Manguhig of Radyo Rapido.
The larger King David statue, built ahead of the small one, had drawn up the severest criticism from city councilors and the public when the Adarna illegal constructions came into public focus two years ago. At 20 feet, the statue stands in the middle of the baywalk, and has been a major drawing power for hundreds who visit the bay walk for free.
The verbal missiles heaped on Adarna and the statue included that coming from the Catholic Church, even as Adarna called it as a work of art that could place Queensland and Davao City in the world tourism map. Reportedly costing P200,000, the statue painted in golden yellow stands out at night with lights that accented the naked replica.
Advincula himself had pushed demolition of the King David and the baywalk while the committee on environment was probing the issue, and had also urged the filing of charges against Adarna for illegal reclamation.
Advincula and Maranon, acting Mayor councilor Mabel Acosta, and councilors Peter Lavina and Nilo Abellera attended the consultation meeting looking into the Adarna violations. Also in the meeting was legal officer Melchor Quitain who along with Domingo supported Acosta’s position to demolish the structures.