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House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano on Thursday said he was supportive of the idea of giving President Rodrigo Duterte emergency powers to allow him to push more infrastructure projects under the Build-Build-Build program.

But the Taguig lawmaker reminded the proponent, Albay Rep. Joey Salceda, that the President was against it.

“I’m a believer in the special powers o emergency powers. I filed that bill sa Senate. However, I’m going to give those members who filed the bill including Congressman Joey who is very diligent, a call because the President already said ayaw na niya ng emergency o special powers,” Cayetano told reporters in Tagaytay City.

He was reacting to the suggestion of Salceda, chair of the House committee on ways and means, to give Duterte emergency powers to push his infrastructure program through procurement obstacles.

“I mean, hindi ibinigay nung time na dapat binigay so you know, it will have some advantage pero kumbaga it will not attain its objective anymore so rather than debate on it especially in the Senate, Senator Grace Poe, kung sino ang may kasalanan kung bakit wala, we’ll focus on the ‘Build, Build, Build’,” he said.

“Ayaw na ni Presidente eh, so he made that clear to us. So, you know, why give it to the Executive when the Executive says itself, they’d rather focus on the project,” he added.

“Pag may emergency, you need it during the time na most effective yung emergency measure mo. So at the start of the admin, the first few months, essential sana noon na maibigay ‘yung emergency powers, hindi ibinigay tapos ngayon na bumubulusok na naman ‘yung traffic saka sasabihing, kasi ganito, kasi ganyan,” he said.

“Traffic is everyone’s problem, not a creation of anyone’s administration. Personally, what I’ve asked the congressmen to focus on is to developing areas outside Metro Manila, that’s one long-term solution to the traffic,” Cayetano said.

The Speaker was a guest at the 45th top level management conference of the Kapisanan ng nga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas in Tagaytay City.

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