Razon’s reasons

Published May 13, 2021, 12:21 AM

by Jullie Y. Daza


Jullie Y. Daza

In the one-sided debate over converting a barren portion of Nayong Pilipino into a vaccination site, the prize goes to the magnate whose container terminals are found on every continent and whose Solaire Resort set the gold standard along our glittering casino strip – in other words, his projects are each and every one mega, as in alpha and omega. Enrique K. Razon plays big to win big.

He owns Solaire but he’s not a gambler, smart guy that he is. In donating his services to build the biggest vaccination hub in Metro Manila, he’s sure of the ground he stands on. The ground happens to be a piece of reclaimed property, bare and bald for the last few years after it was bulldozed for leasing to a casino operator with a record of arrests in China. “What ipil-ipil trees?” he asked. Nothing grows there but weeds and talahib. “A park?” If there were plans to build one, why now only and not five, ten years ago? The property has not been utilized for the last 15 years, so the newly awakened interest of Nayong Pilipino in the project raises suspicions.

“Did we interrupt some deal. . .?” he posed the question to an “Attorney Somebody,” she who may not know of Razon’s previous contributions, including repurposing buildings, deploying freezer vans, strategizing logistical requirements.

In the middle of a deadly pandemic, vaccination is key to winning the war. At the rate things are moving, to achieve herd immunity by vaccinating 60-70 million Filipinos seems like a slippery slope. DU30 urgently needs more EKR’s to build an aggressive tempo, inject cash and vitamins. When you’re forced to argue with a bunch of people who don’t know what they’re talking about, “maybe it’s a crisis not of ipil-ipil but of stupid people.” Reason to be profoundly incensed.

This is what the facility will be, will do. Five to 8 hectares to inoculate 8-10,000 people a day, at a speed of 10 to 12 minutes per. There will be many stations and even a drive-through. The complex will incorporate the best features of vaccination sites in the US.

“People are dying every day,” he said with more emotion than billionaires are accustomed to showing in public.