Bebot Alvarez fed up with Art Tugade’s inaction on traffic: Nakakapagod na
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has had enough of Transportation Secretary Art Tugade’s failure to improve the traffic problem and other transportation issues after nearly six months in office.
In an interview with DZMM’s Ted Failon, Alvarez said that Tugade was apparently waiting for Congress to bestow him with “emergency powers” through President Rodrigo Duterte before he acting on the worsening traffic gridlock and the lingering delays in the distribution of driver’s licences and license plates.
“Opo. Iyan na nga ang sinasabi ko Ted. Alam niyo, maraming puwedeng gawin kahit wala pa yung emergency powers, kaya lang mukhang wala pang galaw kaya sabi ko mahigit isandaang araw na tayo diyan, lalong-lalo na itong liderato ng ating Pangulo at marami pa ring mga irritants na hindi pa naa-address,” said an exasperated Alvarez.
“Kagaya niyan, yung lisensiya na lang, yung plaka, nakakapagod na rin,” he added.
If Tugade wil continue to sit on the country’s transportation woes until Congress has granted his emergency powers, this means that no solution was in sight before the end of the year as Alvarez has already declared that Congress would not pass it before adjournment even at the committee level.
Alvarez said the biggest stumbling block was Tugade’s insistence on entering into massive contracts without going through the mandatory biddings.
” Hindi po. Mahihirapan tayo doon Ted. Kailangan ng talagang extensive committee hearing at kinakailangan mag-prisinta talaga sa atin kung ano yung covered noong emergency powers at saka kung ano talaga yung plano noong pagbibigyan natin noon para naman hindi tayo yung basta blanket authority, bigyan natin ng emergency powers, lalong-lalo na doon sa mga negotiated contracts Ted,” said Alvarez.