‘Not during my watch’

OPINION
By RUFFY MAGBANUA
January 27, 2020

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“NOT during my watch. I just want to give little respect to the agony of the Filipinos ....” —President Duterte

 

DAVAO City--His latest performance rating has soared high with 87 percent  approval rating.

 

And per SWS  measurement, this translates to an ‘excellent’ over-all grade, an all time high for a President who is about to turn 75 on March 28, this year.

 

Halfway through his term, his job of ending  the country’s drug menace , killing criminals and sweeping the  corrupt in government  continues without let up. 

 

His mantra ‘Not  during my watch’ , conspicuously displayed  in every nook and cranny in his hometown Davao says it all. 

 

And malpractices in government transactions are no exception to his call of ‘cleaning the house’ before he steps down in 2022.

 

Earlier, a stern warning has been issued to all   local politicians in Misamis Oriental not to meddle in the soon to be constructed  $4-billion integrated steel facility inside a 305-hectare prime property of Phividec Industrial Estate in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental.

 

It can be recalled that in 2008,   Hanjin Heavy Industries, a Korean  shipbuilding conglomerate has started building its $2 billion shipyard facility  at the same site only  to pack up later because of widespread corruption  allegedly committed  by local officials. 

 

Hanjin transferred its shipbuilding facility in Subic, Zambales only to suffer huge losses in the initial operations due to mismanagement.

 

The  First Mindanao Integrated Steel Mill is formed by China’s three leading companies – Huili Fund, Baowu Steel Group Corporation Ltd (China Baowu), and China Metalurgical Group Corporation’s subsidiary, CISDI Group Co Ltd. (CISDI).

 

 China Baowu, the new technical partner to operate the steel mill, currently ranks first in China and second in the world as the largest steel producer in the world measured by crude steel output. 

 

China Baowu is poised  to apply its  state-of-art, green and intelligent technology in this  steel project. 

 

Late last year, a MOA signing  was forged between  Huili Fund Philippines President Jun Hou; Phividec Administrator Atty. Franklin Quijano; Misamis Oriental Governor Yevgeny “Bambi” Emano ; and Simple Homes CEO and President Robertino Pizarro  for the lease with option to purchase the 305-hectare property at Phividec.

 

The three-phase project will consist of a port, an integrated steel mill with a capacity of 10 million tons, an industrial park and other downstream industries.

 

Last year’s delay was  perceived as victim  of the rules that keep changing in the middle of the game (ruffy44_ph2000@yahoo.com)


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