Business and Economy

The ruins of Marawi

A year after ‘liberation’,
Meranaws await rehabilitation

Click to view: MarawiLiberated, 17oct18MARAWI CITY – The groundbreaking for the government’s ambitious rehabilitation of this city was supposed to take place today, the first anniversary of Marawi’s “liberation” from the Islamic State-inspired Maute Group that had laid siege on it last year. Last October 14, however, Falconi Millar, head of the Task Force Bangon […]

In pictures: Anyare, Marawi?

EXACTLY A YEAR AGO today, President Rodrigo R. Duterte declared the “liberation” of the Islamic City of Marawi City from the clutches of Islamist militants.But before that happened, in five months starting May 2017, soldiers and policemen carpet-bombed and reduced Marawi to a massive wasteland.Twelve months had lapsed since Duterte declared Marawi “liberated” on Oct. […]

The rights of our children

ALL CITIZENS, but most especially our children, are vested with inalienable rights under the Constitution and the laws of the land.The nation marks this week the 46th anniversary of the declaration of martial law by the late strongman Ferdinand E. Marcos, even as martial law lingers in the southern island of Mindanao under President Rodrigo […]

About Bong Go’s statement

WE STAND by our story and take exception to the statement of Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” T. Go that our report on the multibillion-peso civil works contracts that the firms of his father and half-brother was “fake news” and “biased reporting.”PCIJ had sought out the side of Go and his family […]

'Build, Build, Build' hits chokepoint

Firms of Bong Go kin, top contractors:
Many JVs, delayed projects in Davao

Click to watch video: Projects_PCIJDAVAO CITY – For his home region and bailiwick of Davao Region, President Rodrigo R. Duterte gave the largest share of public works funds in the 2017 national budget, the first proposed and passed under his watch. Duterte offered Davao or Region XI a dose of double love: PhP43.77 billion in […]

'Build, Build, Build' hits chokepoint

Did he help firms of Dad, half-brod?
Unfair! Prove it, I’ll resign – Bong Go

SIXTEEN TIMES across a two-hour interview he uttered the word “unfair.”At one point, he said it five times in a row: “’Yun ang unfair (That’s what’s unfair). ‘Yun ang unfair. ‘Yun ang unfair. ‘Yun ang unfair. ‘Yun ang unfair. ‘Yun ang masakit (That’s what’s painful) on my part. That’s why I said it’s abuse. My […]

'Build, Build, Build' hits chokepoint

Davao Region most favored; others
get cuts, token hike in infra budgets

IT’S AS GOOD as it gets for Davao Region, home and bailiwick of President Rodrigo R. Duterte. And by the government’s own data, it’s as bad as it gets for many other regions of the country in terms of the spread of monies for civil-works projects, although a few have also managed to receive slight […]

People, paper behind PCIJ's report

Contractors: Candor from a few,
thunderous silence from the rest

Editor’s Note: PCIJ’s multi-part report on civil works projects under the Duterte Administration is the composite work of seven PCIJ editors and reporters, and three student interns, over the last eight months. It builds on 11 gigabytes of documents and data that PCIJ has gathered from at least nine government agencies; reply letters and comments […]

'Build, Build, Build' hits chokepoint

Vetting contractors

THE GOVERNMENT awards a contractor-bidder a contract if its bid amount has been evaluated and found to be the “lowest calculated bid.” The bid will be subjected next to post-qualification, which involves verifying if it has complied with the requirements listed below. Complying with these prerequisites makes the bid “responsive.” A bidder is declared the […]

'Build, Build, Build' hits chokepoint

Top 10 contractors under DU30 run
record of fraud, delays, blacklisting

THREE HAD been suspended or blacklisted, including one for submitting fake tax clearance certificates. One had its corporate registration revoked. The officers of four others are facing trial for alleged graft. Two have direct connections to politicians, some others had sealed deals via financial favors exchanged with certain politicians. All share a record of incomplete […]

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