How taxpayer money is wasted on big-ticket public works projects

From above, a curious sight would greet anyone monitoring the progress of a multimillion-peso road project connecting Batangas City to San Pascual and Bauan towns in Batangas province. The stretch of white concrete breaks off in one section, revealing an odd obstacle---a red-roofed bungalow that splits the highway into two roads and stands between the two ends so they can't meet. Elsewhere, another perplexing obstruction is seen on a diversion road linking Lipa City to Padre Garcia town: The road wraps around a portion of a large house that stands on property with which the highway overlaps. On paper, these are typical examples of infrastructure projects funded by the govern...

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