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Bye-bye BuildX3? Duterte orders Dominguez to drop infra projects that won’t be finished before 2022: Magastos kalaban COVID!

"Kaya ‘yung nakikita ninyo ngayon, ‘yung mga daan kung anong nakikita ninyo ‘yon ‘yung projects na nakaantala sa budget, that was prepared last year. ‘Yang pera na ‘yan para sa COVID, hindi ‘yan pera na kukunin pa. ‘Yan ang nireserba ni Secretary Dominguez na may pang buffer zone tayo at may maiwan tayong pera bago tayo umalis sa gobyernong ito. ‘Yun ang totoo diyan," he added.

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President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered Finance Secretary Sonny Dominguez to cut back drastically on infrastructure projects and divert the money to to address the more pressing COVID-19 crisis.

Duterte told Dominguez to be more “sparing” in allocating funds to infrastructure projects that would not be completed before he stepped down from office in 2022.

“Ayaw kong lumabas sa opisina na mayroong mga project na hindi natatapos. Kaya kung hindi naman importante, ang suggestion ko kay — sa Finance, kay Secretary Dominguez is be sparing. ‘Yun na lang mga projects na talagang makikita mo at matatapos natin at makita ng mga tao,” said Duterte Wednesday night.

“Kaya ‘yung nakikita ninyo ngayon, ‘yung mga daan kung anong nakikita ninyo ‘yon ‘yung projects na nakaantala sa budget, that was prepared last year. ‘Yang pera na ‘yan para sa COVID, hindi ‘yan pera na kukunin pa. ‘Yan ang nireserba ni Secretary Dominguez na may pang buffer zone tayo at may maiwan tayong pera bago tayo umalis sa gobyernong ito. ‘Yun ang totoo diyan,” he added.

Congress had granted Duterte emergency powers to realign the budget for the COVID-19 response which would require between P100 billion and P200 billion every month to keep millions of Filipinos at home during the lockdown, boost medical facilities to accommodate the rising number of infections and equip medical personnel with the proper gear to prevent unnecessary casualties among their ranks.

Although he did not specify what projects would be affected, his economic team’s ambitious “Build, Buld, Build” infrastructure program was likely to take the biggest cut considering that most of these projects have barely started since a mide blitz in 2016. It would take a miracle for the Build projects to be finished in less than two years.

“‘Yung sa budget na naka-program, hindi na — baka hindi na matuloy ‘yon dahil sa COVID nag-ekis ang panahon. So ‘yung may mga project ngayon, baka ilaglag ko ‘yung malalaki ‘pag nagkulang ako sa pera para sa control sa COVID. Magastos itong p***** i***** kalaban na ito. Hindi mo makita at lahat ay tinatamaan, hinohostage tayo,” he said.

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