Palace vows to adhere to election ban on public works
By Prince Golez
Malacanang promised the Duterte administration will observe the prohibition against construction of public works during the election ban period.
“The Palace will follow all the requirements imposed by pertinent laws on the ban against public works,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said on Thursday.
Panelo also assured the Filipino people that the economic team of President Rodrigo Duterte is “on top of the situation.”
As early as February 2019, the chief legal counsel said Duterte’s economic managers have already sought exemption of some public works projects from the election ban.
Concerned agencies, he added, are actively coordinating in order to submit the proper and complete documents for such purpose as required of them by the Commission on Elections.
“Delays are indeed possible and they are inevitable at times, given the practical dynamics and legal dictates of our country, but these can be avoided or minimized with proper due diligence by those responsible therefor,” said Panelo.
“As we have said, our economic managers have anticipated all possible scenarios and are ready to adapt so as to permit our infrastructure programs to move forward. After all, a little delay is much better than no major infrastructure project at all – like what happened in the previous administration,” he added.