Bawal ang Benz! Duterte tells Tugade, Dominguez to drive ‘ordinary’ cars

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Cabinet members are banned from flaunting their pricey cars even if they’re bilyonaryos or avid car collectors.

President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday (July 17) shared the order he issued for Cabinet Secretaries in keeping with his belief that government officials should live simply.

“Sabi ko, ‘Do not use your Mercedes-Benz.’ Kasi ‘yung ibang Cabinet members talagang mayaman ‘yan. Tugade is as a billionaire. Si Dominguez maraming kotse ‘yon, nagkokolekta ng kotse ‘yon,” he said in a speech at the oath-taking of new government officials in Malacañang.

“So huwag ninyong dalhin dito ‘yan. ‘Yung mga ordinaryo, kung ano ‘yung nabibili ng ordinaryong tao, ‘yun ang sakyan ninyo,” Duterte added.

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez and Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade made their wealth from several businesses before joining the administration.

Duterte said government officials should not “display the trappings of power” because they are public servants.