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MALACANANG COLD ON HOUSE BILL GIVING DUTERTE SPECIAL POWERS

President to maximize powers for ‘Build, Build, Build’

By ROGER M. BALANZA with PNA report

Due to time constraints, Malacanang is not keen on supporting a House bill granting special powers to President Rodrigo Duterte  in adopting a “national policy” in fast-tracking the implementation of the “Build, Build, Build” program on or before 2022.

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Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said the proposed measure is “no longer a priority legislative agenda” of Duterte, considering the time constraint.
House Bill 5456 was filed on Wednesday, November 13, by  Albay 2nd District Rep. Joey Salceda after Senator Franklin Drilon described as a “dismal failure” the implementation of projects under the Duterte administration’s “Build, Build, Build” program.

DRILON TWITS DUTERTE: “BUILD, BUILD, BUILD” INFRA PROGRAM A ‘DISMAL FAILURE’

The Duterte government has alloted PHP9 trillion for the implementation of around 100 big-ticket infrastructure projects and over 10,000 small infrastructure projects under the “Build, Build, Build” program.
Even without special powers, the President can still fast-track implementation of the projects, said Panelo.
President Rodrigo Duterte will maximize the use of his “available” powers to ensure the full and effective implementation of his administration’s ambitious “Build, Build, Build” program, Panelo said on Saturday, November 16.
“The President will implement and maximize what is presently available under our laws for this purpose,” Panelo adds.
Earlier, Panelo said he considered as a “good idea” the proposal by  Rep. Salceda to grant emergency powers to Duterte to speed up the implementation of the current administration’s infrastructure program.
“While we respect the wisdom of Congress and laud the gentleman from Albay in seeing the importance of this flagship infrastructure program of the current government, we consider this proposed measure belated and no longer a priority legislative agenda of the President, given that we only have less than three years left in office,” he said.
Panelo noted that there was progress in the implementation of the infrastructure program, citing the figures recently released by Bases Conversion and Development Authority president and chief executive officer Vivencio Dizon who also serves as Presidential Adviser for Flagship Programs and Projects.
Around 38 out of the revised list of 100 key infrastructure projects are expected to be completed by 2022, while 22 are “partially operational or substantially completed” and the remaining 40 would be finished “beyond 2022,” Dizon said in a Palace economic briefing on Wednesday.
Dizon also noted that 35 flagship infrastructure projects are ongoing, 32 will commence construction in the next six to eight months, 21 are in the advanced stages of government approval, and 12 in the advanced stages of a feasibility study.
Panelo was confident that all infrastructure projects “will be started within the governance of this Administration.”
“One of the inherent powers of the State is the power of eminent domain where pertinent government offices, through the Office of the Solicitor General, may expropriate or initiate proceedings there for to acquire private property for public use,” he said.
“This power is particularly essential in securing rights of way, an issue that hampered the construction of vital infrastructure. The current agencies involved in the infrastructure program are presently utilizing this process,” Panelo added. 

DISMAL FAILURE

DRILON SCORES DUTERTE INFRA PROJECTS

TWITS “BUILD, BUILD, BUILD” PROGRAM AS A ‘DISMAL FAILURE’

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Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon lambasted President Rodrigo Duterte’s ‘Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program, describing it as a “dismal failure” with only nine out of 75 flagships projects under construction halfway through  the Duterte administration.

“It is sad to say that the BBB program of the administration is a dismal failure. Out of the 75 flagship projects that were proposed at the start of the administration, only nnine started construction. That is only 2 percent of the total,” Drilon told reporters in an interview shortly after the minority leader pointed at the accomplishment rate of the program during plenary deliberations on the proposed 2020 budget on Tuesday, November 12.
The “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program is a top priority program of the Duterte administration to spur the country’s economic development.
Palace slams Drilon’s baseless claim
Malacañang on Tuesday quashed the claim of Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon that the Duterte administration’s ambitious “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program is a “dismal failure.”
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo described as “baseless” the lawmaker’s statement that only nine of the current administration’s 75 flagship infrastructure projects have started construction.
He said President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration has many key infrastructure accomplishments, compared to the past government led by former president Benigno Aquino III.
“Senator Frank, look at the administration you previously belonged. Six years, not a single infrastructure na nagawa. Malayong-malayo sa dami [nang nagawa ng administrasyon ngayon] (Not a single infrastructure was completed during the six-year term of the past administration. It’s far from the current administration’s accomplishments),” Panelo said in a Palace press briefing.
“It’s baseless. Eh marami ngang ginagawa ang administrasyon, hindi lang nine (The administration has started so many infrastructure projects, not just nine),” he added. READ MORE

Special powers for PRRD to fast-track BBB projects sought

The chairman of the House ways and means committee on Wednesday filed a bill granting President Rodrigo Duterte special powers to expedite the procurement and implementation of the 75 “Build, Build, Build” (BBB) flagship projects.In a press conference, Albay Rep. Joey Salceda said… Read More

‘Build, Build, Build’ beyond 75 key infra projects: DOTr

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Wednesday rejected Senate Minority Leader Frank Drilon’s claim that the “Build, Build, Build” (BBB) program was a failure, citing numerous completed and ongoing infrastructure projects of the Duterte administration.In a phone… Read More

Completion of 38 flagship projects targeted in 2022: BCDA

LP TO DROP POE AS VP TO ROXAS

With patience thinning at Senator Grace Poe continuing to refuse an offer to be its vice presidential bet, the ruling Liberal Party may opt for another running mate to Interior Secretary Mar Roxas.

Senator Franklin Drilon, LP vice chairman, said it’s about time that the LP should move on, stop wooing Poe and choose another vice presidential candidate.

Poe is front-running poll surveys for presidential preference. Roxas is way below the ladder behind Poe, Vice President Jejomar Binay and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. Some LP leaders think Poe as running mate could boost Roxas’ bid.

     President Benigno Aquino, LP chairman, has led efforts to convince Poe to run under Roxas. But the Senator has refused the offer.

AQUINO POE ROXASI will ask the LP National Executive Council (NECO) to convene as soon as possible to choose  our vice presidential candidate for 2016, said Drilon.

     Reports said in the LP shortlist of potential bets for the second top post at stake in the coming polls are: : Batangas Governor Vilma Santos, Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo, and senators Alan Peter Cayetano and Antonio Trillanes IV.

Drilon said it is now clear that Poe is rejecting the LP overture because she has an eye for the presidency.

Poe is already a candidate for president. The writings are on the wall, said Drilon.

Poe, he said, is already going around to campaign.

She would not do that if she is not running for president, said Drilon.

LP TO DROP POE AS VP TO ROXAS

LP TO DROP POE AS VP TO ROXAS

With patience thinning at Senator Grace Poe continuing to refuse an offer to be its vice presidential bet, the ruling Liberal Party may opt for another running mate to Interior Secretary Mar Roxas.

Senator Franklin Drilon, LP vice chairman, said it’s about time that the LP should move on, stop wooing Poe and choose another vice presidential candidate.

Poe is front-running poll surveys for presidential preference. Roxas is way below the ladder behind Poe, Vice President Jejomar Binay and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. Some LP leaders think Poe as running mate could boost Roxas’ bid.

    AQUINO POE ROXASPIMENTEL RODY President Benigno Aquino, LP chairman, has led efforts to convince Poe to run under Roxas. But the Senator has refused the offer.

     I will ask the LP National Executive Council (NECO) to convene as soon as possible to choose  our vice presidential candidate for 2016, said Drilon.

     Reports said in the LP shortlist of potential bets for the second top post at stake in the coming polls are: : Batangas Governor Vilma Santos, Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo, and senators Alan Peter Cayetano and Antonio Trillanes IV.

Drilon said it is now clear that Poe is rejecting the LP overture because she has an eye for the presidency.

Poe is already a candidate for president. The writings are on the wall, said Drilon.

Poe, he said, is already going around to campaign.

She would not do that if she is not running for president, said Drilon.