Duterte gives the boot to 2 Pasig River Rehab officials for sitting on Skyway’s requests
In line with his promise of creating a graft- and corrupt-free Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the dismissal of two officials in government for reportedly delaying the construction of a major infrastructure project in Metro Manila.
During his interview with Erwin Tulfo’s “Sa Totoo Lang” aired on state-run PTV 4 on Friday, October 13, President Duterte reprimanded two officials of the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC) for sitting on needed documents for the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 Project for an entire year. Skyway is a project of Citra Central Expressway and San Miguel Group of bilyonaryo Ramon S. Ang.
“Itong dalawa, may pinagawa akong dismissal. Hindi ko nagustuhan. Kasi ang Cabinet members are only allowed one month to act on the papers. Ang mgadirectors, ulitin ko, 15 days lang kayo. May dalawa dito na isang taon na halos ‘yung papel,” the President said.
“At ‘yun pa namang papel na ‘yung construction firm, na siya ang gagawa ng bridge across San Juan… Ang sabi ko sa kanila, kasi madaliin nga. Ito, almost one day — one year rather — walang ginawa kung hindi mag-upo doon sa papeles,” he added.
President Duterte did not disclose the names of the officials. The President was convinced the footdragging by the two officials was unacceptable and a violation of the country’s anti-graft and corrupt practices law.
“Masama talaga ang ginawa nitong dalawa. It delayed the project. So, for almost so many months, nagmamadali nga tayo so that we can have the mobility of the people of Metro Manila moving faster. Itong dalawa, inupuan ‘yan almost one year,” he said.
“Kaya sabi ko, while they sent me a letter apologizing for the delay, I’m telling them now — dito ngayon sa TV — I have fired you actually,” he added.
The President stressed that under Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, public officials are prohibited from causing any party, including the government, undue injury.
The same law prohibits public officials from neglecting or refusing to act on relevant matters or requests before their respective offices without a valid justification. (PNA)