Hindi ‘yan corrupt! Duterte claims bilyonaryo Tugade can buy anybody out
President Rodrigo Duterte is turning a deaf ear to lingering corruption issues hounding Transportation Secretary Art Tugade and his department.
Duterte is convinced Tugade would not be tempted by any bribes because he was super rich and culd easily “buy out” any bribe giver.
“Ito si Tugade, sa law school, he was our valedictorian. Tsaka, bilyonaryo ‘yan, maniwala kayo. Mapera ‘yan kaya huwag kayo maniwala‘yang corruption, corruption, transportation,” said Duterte in a speech in Davao City.
“Tugade can buy them out if he wants to, he has the money. Mayaman talaga ‘yan. Noon pa. Estudyante pa kami sa law school de kotse na ‘yan na maganda. Because bright boy sa Delgado shipping eh. Then he started his own forwarding. Talagang bright ‘yan kaya valedictorian,” said Duterte.
Duterte has repeatedly defended Tugade from corruption allegations in his first two years in office. Although no specific corruption case has been thrown at Tugade, the Transportation Chief has been heavily criticized for failing to carry out Duterte’s promise to solve the trafffic and train maintenance probems and has so far started zero projects under his much hyped “Build” infrastructure program.