Fact check: Duterte admin makes history by building ‘200 international and domestic airports’

- An online report has claimed that the Duterte administration has made history in building airports in the Philippines

- It claimed that under President Rodrigo Duterte, about 200 airports have been built in the country

- However, it has been reported that the claim was false and misleading the public

- According to the Department of Transportation, there are 197 airport projects under the Build, Build, Build program

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An online article has claimed that President Rodrigo Duterte has made history by building “200 international and domestic airports” in the country.

However, KAMI learned that the claim was misleading.

In a report by Rappler, the article was published by the site filipiknowtimes.com.

“Maka-saysayan ang ginawa sa Pilipinas! Duterte admin, nakapagpatayo ng 200 international at domestic airport,” it read in the headline.

It is composed of 3 short paragraphs and photos of the supposed construction of the airports.

“Wala pa sa kasaysayan ng Pilipinas na isang Pangulo nakapagpatayo ng 200 international at domestic airports pagbaba niya sa pwesto kundi tanging si Pangulong Rody Duterte pa lamang.
Naisip daw kasi ng Pangulo na lagyan ng airport ang halos lahat ng lungsod sa Pilipinas dahil halos lahat naman ay nakakasakay na ng eroplano.
At hindi lang mga ordinaryong airports kundi mga WORLD CLASS AIRPORTS PA na ang ilan pwedeng ilaban sa Singapore, Hongkong, Japan, US, at European Union airports sa laki, ganda, at pagiging hitech.”

You may visit the article here.

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However, Rappler reported that as per the Department of Transformation, about 64 airport projects have been finished as of November 2019.

Meanwhile, 133 airport projects are still ongoing under the Duterte administration’s Build, Build, Build program, having a total of 197 airport projects. However, the projects do not only refer to the construction of new airports but as well as the rehabilitation, maintenance, and upgrading projects.

According to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), there are 85 airports in the country as of January 2019.

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