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WHAT is the true state of the economy, and the status of economic and policy reforms, under two years of the Duterte administration?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 25 June) — It’s back to zero for Marawi’s Ground Zero. There will be no groundbreaking rites on the first week of July as earlier announced by Housing Secretary and Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) chair Eduardo del Rosario because negotiations with the Chinese-led Bagong Marawi Consortium (BMC) on the development plan for Ground Zero — the “Most Affected Area” (MAA) — failed, and a new proponent, a Chinese government-owned firm engaged in hydropower, is still undergoing an “eligibility check”.

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 boosts.

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 or bad projects, and unsatisfactory ratings in some project performance evaluations.

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