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What happened to Marawi funds?

WHERE would the billions raised and donated for the rebuilding of Marawi go if affluent businessmen there were to take over the restoration of their city devastated in the battle with ISIS-inspired militants from May to October in 2017? President Duterte floated last week the idea of having wealthy families rebuild the once prosperous city even as some 250,000 displaced residents are still picking up the pieces virtually on their own. More than 900 terrorists, 165 troops and 47 civilians were killed in the five-month fighting.

"I don't think I should be spending for their building," Duterte said in Pilipino in a briefing in Pampanga on the killer earthquake that hit Luzon last Monday. "I won't spend for anything, the people there have the money.

Every Maranao there is a businessman. Count in the shabu trade, they have the money.

" His saying that 16 months after the fighting ended startled many observers, including some senators and Vice President Leni Robredo who said: "Last year when we marked the first anniversary of the siege, there were ground-breaking and programs launched. Does this mean those will not continue, or they will but with limitations?" The government reportedly has set aside P67.99 billion for the city's rebuilding.

The Department of Finance said that over P40 billion has been raised as of February through loans and international grants. Netizen rants on loans, aid, projects

WE CAN understand then the rant on loans, aid and projects onFacebookby one Khulafu Lapulapu (a pseudonym?) that we find relevant enough to share here.

We tried retaining the flavor of his language, but had to boil down the piece to fit our space: "Nasaan na, Duterte, ang inutang mo, pinautang sa iyo at ang tulong na binigay sa iyo para sa mga Filipino? "Noong 2016, nagpirmahan angChinaat Pilipinas ng27 loan agreements.Isa lang sa 27 ang tinupad ng China angP4.372-billion loan agreementpara saChico River Pump Irrigation Project.

Nasaan na angbudgetna ito, Duterte? Hindi pa nasisimulan ito. "Nagbigay din angChinangP1.5 billionpara saPost-Conflict Rehab Marawi.

Nasaan na angbudgetna ito? "Nagbigay din angChinang47 equipment worth P150 millionpara sarebuildingngMarawi. Ground-breakingpa lang ang nangyari.

"(Around P75 billionang kailangan daw ni Duterte para saMarawi.) "Nasaan na ang tulongfinancialngJapan for Marawi RehabnaP970 million? "Nasaan na ang tulong ngUS for Marawi RehabnaP1.7 billion? "Nasaan na ang pangakongP3-billiontulong ngEuropean Unionpara sarehabpa rin ng Marawi at para sa iba panghumanitarian projectsnila sa buong Mindanao? "Umabot na saP250 billionang tulong ng iba pang bansa para saMarawi Rehab.

Nasaan na ito, Duterte? "Nasaan na angP5billionnaYolanda fundna nilagay mo para saMarawi Rehab? "Nagbebenta pa ngayon ang Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas nggovernment bondspara saMarawi Rehab. Di pa ba sapat ang pondo ngayon na hawak mo? Bakit di pa nagsisimula angrehab? "NASAAN na ang inutang mo saJapannaP4.57 billionpara saroad expansionsaBulacan? "Nasaan na rin ang600-billion-yennaloanngJapan for the Subway ProjectsaMetro Manilana sabi niDoTr Secretary Tugadeay sisimulan na? Puroground-breaking, di naman sinisimulan! "Nasaan na rin angconcessional loan from South Korea worth $1 billionpara sainfra projectsngBuild! Build! Build!mo, Duterte? (Kailangan niya raw ngP8 trillion to P9 trillionpara saBuild! Build! Build!) "Ang pondo para saBuild! Build! Build!ay ang koleksyon saexcise taxna pinataw sapetroleum products (TRAIN Law).

"Last year, nakakolekta angDuterte administrationngP40 billiondahil saTRAIN Law. Nasaan na ito? Madadagdagan pa ito this2019 dahil pinatupad na ngayon angsecond tranchengexcise taxsapetroleum productsnaP2.00.Next yearmeron pangadditional excise taxnaP1.50. "MARAMI pang bansa at mga bangko sa Pilipinas ang inutangan ni Duterte na di ko na nilagay sa artikulo kong ito.

Malulula kayo! "Di pa kasama ang uutangin ni Duterte saChinanaP740 billionpara saBuild! Build! Build!kapalit ngJoint Explorationna gustong mangyari ngChina with the PhilippinessaRecto (Reed) BanksaWest Philippine Sea. "Di bat napapaloob ito sa pinirmahan na 29Memorandums of Understandingnoong dumalaw siPresident Xi Jinpingsa Pilipinaslast year? "May tumatakbo na bang projects para saMarawi Rehabat para saBuild! Build! Build!mo? Wala! "Nagbayad na nga tayo ngP27 millionsaAsian Development Bankat saJapan as penalty for the delayngprojectsngDPWH Secretarymo na siMark Villarpara saBuild! Build! Build!.

"Last November, may pautang angJapanna$336 millionpara saPasig to Marikina River Channel Improvement Project. Nasimulan na ba? Hindi pa rin! "In January 2019, nangutang na agad tayo saJapanng$202 millionpara saroad projectssaDavao.

AngMarawi Rehabdi pa nasisimulan, taposroad projectsmuna ngDavao? "Anglatestna inutang na naman ay saJapanulit. Ito ay para saPhilippine National Railways projectna dating maanomalyangrailway projectni Gloria Arroyo noong 2002 angTutuban-Malolos PNR Project.

"Sisimulan daw ito noongFeb. 15, 2019. Nasimulan na ba? Hindi pa.

Ground-breakinglang. "Pero ang usapan natin withJapansa pautang na ito ayrailwayitofrom Tutuban to Malolos to Clark International Airport in the North and to Calamba, Laguna, in the South.

"Ang laking pautang ito ngJapansa Pilipinas! $1.41 billionpara sa109-kilometer project!Bale ilangmillion dollarsyanper kilometer? "Di masamang mangutang kung may nakikitangproofnanagmamaterializeangprojectsna pinupuntahan ng inutang mo na kaming Pilipino naman ang magpapasan at magbabayad. "Ang problema, wala kaming nakikitangprojectsna nasimulan na! Puroground-breaking! Nasaan na ang perang inutang, tulong at pautang sa iyo, Duterte?" ADVISORY:Postscriptsare archived atmanilamail.

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