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Kung ayaw niyo wag niyo! Duterte won’t press Congress on emergency powers for Tugade

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President Rodrigo Duterte is no longer keen on pushing Congress to grant him emergency powers even if it would fast-track the implementation of projects in the transportation sector.

In a speech at the Davao International Airport following his arrival from China early Tuesday (May 16), Duterte said he doesn’t blame Congress for doubting that the executive will abuse the special powers that would be given to it.

“If the Congress would want to give it to me, fine. It would expedite things. But if they are fearful of corruption there because walang bidding-bidding ‘yan eh emergency powers, then they have every right to doubt,” he said.

Duterte said he will not pressure Congress into granting him emergency powers even if he assured them that he will not tolerate any form of corruption.

“If they do not feel safe or comfortable with my Cabinet, fine,” he said.

It was Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade who asked Congress to grant Duterte emergency powers, saying it will help address the traffic problems in the country.

He allayed fears it will be abused by pointing out that Congress has oversight powers to check how it is being used.

Senator Grace Poe, chair of the Senate committee on public services which deliberated on the proposal for emergency powers, said Congress will not give “vague powers” or “blank checks” to Tugade.