Duterte warns Mark Villar, DPWH: Wala akong nakitang daan dito na natapos on time at walang corruption!
President Rodrigo Duterte has had enough of the festering corruption and project delays in the Department of Public Works and Highways.
Duterte said he would hold Public Works Secretary Mark Villar “responsible” if his department continued to produce subpar and delayed roads and bridges due to corruption under his nose.
“Wala akong nakitang putang inang daan dito sa Pilipinas na natapos on time na hindi produced ng graft and corruption. Que se joda ang…Every program of the government ends up in an investigation. Kita mo
‘yung [barangay health stations], beautiful in design, pagdating doon sa implementation, puta. Ano ba itong Pilipinas? Gusto kong patayin ‘tong mga ‘to,” said Duterte in a speech in Davao City.
” Kaya sinasabi ko, I’m exacting now something of like this. ‘Yang project mo pagka pumalpak, I will hold the Secretary responsible. Pag may highway diyan na palpak, the city engineer at itong project engineer or whatever, if there is delay or slippage, they call it, and it is about 20 percent [unfinished], you are out. I will cancel the
contract,” he added.
“I would like to call the attention of the secretaries, especially Secretary Villar, that if there is any slippage of any work of any kind by the national government. If you delay or if I see tomorrow, beginning tomorrow, and you are all invited to see me in Malacañang,” he added.
For Duterte, corruption was the root of the DPWH’s incompetence.
“Sabi ko, if they do not cut on corruption, we will never, never improve. Ako gusto ko but somehow sa baba meron talaga ‘yang kalokohan. How to control until the money is spent almost sa proyekto?
“Kasi lahat ng highway acquisition or easements, to widen the shoulders of the road or to make it a full-length ends up in corruption. Lahat ng bagay. Kung magtingin ako sa TV, kung lahat itong puta — walang mangyari,” he said.
He said he would make a policy statement that the government would do away with the current mode of picking the lowest bidder in state auctions and move to a Swiss Challenge schem where proponents make proposals subject to counter offers from rivals in an open market.
“Lahat gusto ko Swiss challenge na lang. Swiss challenge, you produce the bridge and I will pay you. If you do not publish it in accordance with the specs, as my specifications, I will not pay you,” said Duterte.
“At the end of the day, ‘yang lowest bid is a very disaster theory of government — 100 million. Itong mga puta na walang capital, walang tao, lahat. Laway lang. Sabi ni — bagsak. ‘Ilan? O sige, 80 ako dito’. So lowest bid. You
build this infrastructure, it costs only government 80, 70. Pag nanalo na ‘yan siya, ibigay niya doon sa governor, ibigay niya doon sa mayor, ibigay niya doon sa presidente, ‘yung mga tao na — pagkatapos ilan ang iniwan sa pera?”
“So from 100 million, magiging 60 na lang ‘yan. So pagtrabaho niya, wala siyang material, ang credit extensions niya wala. Ang credit line walang tao nagtatrabaho, he added.