DOTr Sec. Tugade to Poe: Don’t politicize traffic issues

DOTr Sec. Tugade to Poe: Don’t politicize traffic issues

Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade has finally broke his silence since he attended the Senate hearing chaired by senator Grace Poe.

Tugade has called out the lady senator to stop politicizing the country’s traffic woes for her supposed plans to run again for the presidency in 2022.

In an exclusive television interview, Tugade said Poe, as chair of the Senate committee on public services, was using issues in transportation as an instrument in her political campaign.
DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade and senator Grace Poe
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“Alam naman 'ho natin na pumoporma 'yan si madam Grace para sa pagka-presidente na naman. 'Wag na 'ho ipagkaila 'yan, 'yun 'ho yung porma niyan. At ginagawa niya plataporma ng transportasyon sa Senado para ito 'ho yung ‘thriller’ para ganyan, marinig at makinig siya (We all know madame Grace is preparing for her bid as president again. Let’s not deny it, that’s her style. She’s using transportation as her platform in the Senate as a ‘thriller,’ so she can be seen and heard),” Tugade said in the television interview.

The DOTr secretary said that if the Chief Executive would not be granted the emergency powers in solving the traffic crises in Metro Manila, it should be allowed to do what the administration deem fit. There is no  need to politicize as the senator is doing.

“'Wag na natin pulitikahin. Ayaw niyo ng emergency powers, sige na. Sa inyo na 'yung emergency power. Hayaan niyo na lang po kaming magtrabaho sa inaakala naming tama (Let’s not politicize traffic. If they don’t want to give emergency powers, fine. They can keep it. They should just let us work as we see fit),” Tugade said.

He notes that the request for an emergency powers was made known since the start of the Duterte administration because the time element involved in solving the problem.
“Kailangan 'ho talaga 'yan pero kung ayaw na 'ho nila ibigay, 'wag na. Kasi paiksi ng paiksi 'yung oras. Noon pa namin po hiningi 'yan nung sa umpisa ng termino ng ating pangulo. Ngayon, 1,021 days na lang ang termino ng ating pangulo (We need emergency powers but if they won’t give it, then don’t. Because time is running out. We’ve been asking for this since the beginning of our president’s term. Now, only 1,021 days are left in the president’s term),” Tugade said.

The hardworking DOTr secretary made clear that the agency would continue to “work firmer and stronger in the pursuit of our mandates, in accordance to law.”

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