By Prince Golez
President Rodrigo Duterte believes there are irregularities in some road right-of-way projects of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
Administratively, those offenses are considered misconduct, but in the penal side those are malversation of fund, Duterte said in his latest weekly address.
“Ang pinakamarami itong road right-of-way na hanggang ngayon… Ewan ko kung anong nangyari. There was this scandal somewhere in Cotabato. I remember it but I am remembering it now. Tanungin ko ang DPWH kung ano ang nangyari doon or I will have it reinvestigated,” according to the Chief Executive.
Last Thursday, Duterte urged officials and personnel of DPWH who are involved in corrupt practices to resign.
“Kayong may kasalanan diyan sa mga ganun, I advise you to resign now. Resign now kasi pagdating ng panahon, I will throw the book at you, even the kitchen sink, at saka makita ninyo you will be prosecuted administratively and criminally at walang patawaran dito,” he said.
The President also ordered an audit of the DPWH to determine the ghost projects.
“Ang DPWH ang pinaka-racket diyan is ‘yung ghost project. So walang delivery, ghost project. Marami ‘yan. Karamihan niyan it’s the regional director. Ipapalabas nila na may project ito but wala. So the best way is to conduct an audit of those projects to determine if they are ghost projects or not, and I think they are plenty,” Duterte said.