“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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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