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Corruption solved? Duterte’s formula to well-built roads: Pad actual project cost by 10% to 50% to cover profit, bribes

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President Rodrigo Duterte has a sure-fire way to make sure that all infrastructure projects would be built to quality standards.

Duterte said private contractors should add 10 percent to 50 percent over the actual cost of building roads, bridges and other public works to cover not only their profits but also what he considered as inevitable kickbacks to government officials.

“Sabi ko nga ganito na lang, sabihin ko dito sa ano, Bong, sabihin mo 50 million (pesos) ang project, ‘wag mong isagad 50 million. Gawain mong 55 o 60,” said Duterte in a speech before members of the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry Inc. “Kunin mo na ang iyong profit doon. Kung magkukulang-kulang may pangdagdag ka. O kung may ano man, may increase in prices, may meron ka pang heads. May maiwan para profit mo,” he added.

He said this formula would prevent the contractor from shortchanging the government with inferior projects.

“Kung may maghingi sa inyo…’Eh adre kumita ka diyan’. ‘Yung ginansiya mo, eh ‘di magbigay ka. Pero kung kunin mo doon sa project, sa 50 million, eh talagang walang mangyari. You will come up with an inferior product, may imbestiga pa, at magkasamaan pa ang loob natin,” he said.

“But if you just put the money there sa project, taasan mo. Sabihin ko sila taasan. Sabihin mo 60, o make it 75. Kasi may mga price increase, price increase pa ‘yan. May maiwan sa iyo ng iilang milyon, o ‘yun ang profit mo,” he added.

Duterte cautioned contractors from being too greedy by aiming to double their money from government projects.

“Sagarin mo na ang ginansiya mo pero ‘wag mong kunin doon sa project. I won’t mind, I will understand. ‘Wag naman ‘yung profit na tag — tag 50 million, eh kalokohan ‘yan. ‘Di kasali na ako diyan kung ganun,” said Duterte.

“Sobra-sobra naman ‘yan. Ganun lang okay na ako. Isali na ninyo, sabihin ko sa ano — sa mga engineers, ‘Isali mo na’. Kasi p*** ikaw sige ka drawing diyan maghingi ka rin eh. Isali mo na ‘yung iyo kung magkano, para at least alam ng tao lantad, ilan nagastos,” he added.

Kay kung hindi mo ganunin walang mangyari kay kukunin nila doon ‘yan sa 50 million eh. ‘Yun na mamigay, maghingi pa ‘yang kung sinong maghingi tapos ang maiwan sa iyo 40 na lang, 35, eh anong project ibibigay mo sa akin? Kaya ayaw ko ng corruption, ayaw ko talaga ng corruption.

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