President Rodrigo Duterte thinks the son of the richest Filipino, former Senator Manny Villar, is too wealthy to get his hands dirty on corruption.
Duterte cleared Secretary Mark Villar just four days after declaring that the Department of Public Works and Highways is rotten to the core that no construction work begins without contractors giving out bribes or commissions to government officials.
“Si (Mark) Villar, mayaman. Secretary Villar, maraming pera ‘yan. Hindi niya kailangan mangurakot,” said Duterte in a briefing on October 20. Mark has been DPWH Secretary since Duterte sat in Malacanang four years ago.
Duterte has blamed corruption solely on people below Mark.
“Sabihin mo ang pangalan ng engineer. Karamihan diyan sa DPWH mga project engineers…Ang problema sa baba, malakas pa rin hanggang ngayon. Iyang sa mga project sa baba, iyon ang laro diyan,” said Duterte.