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Duterte says Tugade only forced to accept DOTr job: Kasi ayaw niyang magtrabaho

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Has change been slow to happen at the Department of Transportation (DOTr) because Secretary Arthur Tugade’s heart isn’t in his job?

President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday (Feb. 6) revealed that he only forced Tugade, a bilyonaryo, to accept the transportation portfolio.

“So pinilit ko lang rin ‘yan. Kasi ayaw niyang mag-trabaho. Malalaki na anak niya. Sabi niya, na-turnover na niya, ‘Pagod na ako,'” Duterte said at the launch Bureau of Internal Revenue’s tax campaign for 2017 at the Philippine International Convention Center.

The President, however, said he had faith in what Tugade could do since he was managing a company even in his youth.

“[H]e was the top honcho of Delgado Shipping when we were students yet. So ibig sabihin talagang naka-pwesto na sa buhay,” Duterte said of Tugade.

The two were classmate at the San Beda College of Law.