The claims by officials of the Duterte administration and his supporters that the Davao City Bypass Construction Project (Davao bypass project) was initiated under the incumbent government’s centerpiece “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program is misleading.
The Davao bypass project was not conceived during President Rodrigo Duterte’s term but was initiated and approved during the previous administration of the late President Benigno Aquino III.
The original loan agreement for the Davao bypass project was proposed by the Aquino administration with and approved by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Then JICA President Akihiko Tanaka and then Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima signed the loan agreement for the Davao bypass project during the former’s visit to the Philippines in August 2015.
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