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Villarin warns of ‘golden age of corruption’ under Duterte

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Will the Philippines have a “golden age of infrastructure” under President Rodrigo Duterte or a “golden age of corruption?”

For Akbayan Rep. Tom Villarin, this is still pretty much up in the air despite the Duterte administration’s designs of grandeur.

“Don’t count your chickens before they hatch. While there is great potential in having these infrastructure projects, mechanisms of transparency and accountability must be put in place,” said Villarin, part of the supposed legitimate Minority bloc in Congress.

“Especially when some of the government’s Chinese partners have been tagged by Transparency International as among the companies that ‘symbolize grand corruption.’ Lest we end up in a ‘golden age of corruption’ instead,” continued Villarin.

The lawmaker was referring to the billions of dollars worth of infrastructure projects that Duterte bagged from his Chinese BFFs during a recent visit to Beijing.

The deals include new railways as well as a long-sought

rapid bus transit system originating from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

The problem is, some of the Chinese companies who were “awarded” these juicy contracts have had bad records with the World Bank.

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