President Rodrigo Duterte warned Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar over the delayed and failed projects of the government.
During his speech during the opening ceremony of the National Science and Technology week in Davao City, Duterte spoke for the first time about his discontent with the performance of the DWPH.
“So I would like to call the attention of the secretaries, especially Secretary Villar, that if there is any slippage of any work of any kind by the national government. If you delay or if I see tomorrow, beginning tomorrow, and you are all invited to see me in Malacañan,” he said
“Kaya sinasabi ko sa inyo. I’m exacting now something of like this. ‘Yang project mo pagka pumalpak, I will hold the Secretary responsible,” he added
He was disheartened after he saw no roads in the country built by the government that has been finished on time without anomalies.
“Wala akong nakitang p***** i**** daan dito sa Pilipinas na natapos on time na hindi produced ng graft and corruption.” he said.
“Every program of the government ends up in an investigation,” he added.
Duterte demanded that he don’t want to see a failed or delayed project under his administration that vowed to fight graft and corruption.
“Lahat ng bagay. Kung magtingin ako sa TV, kung lahat itong p**—walang mangyari sa gobyerno,”
He also believes that if the graft and corruption in the Philippines would still continue, the future of the country would be put in danger.
“If we do not cut on corruption, we will never, never improve,”
Duterte urged the public to sue the government if they got involved in the accident because of the delayed projects of the government.
“Pag nahulog ka diyan, nabunggo ka unlighted, uncovered, ganoon, you sue the government. Pagka — siguradong manalo kayo diyan.” he said.
“Sue the government and I will sue the supervisor and maybe ask the Secretary, ‘Kindly explain to me kung bakit ganito ang sitwasyon ‘” he added.
He also repeated his willingness to remove the public bidding system and replace it with the Swiss Challenge.
Lahat gusto ko Swiss challenge na lang. Swiss challenge, you produce the bridge and I’ll pay you. If you do not publish it in accordance with the specs, as my specifications, I will not pay you,” he said.
“Kasi lahat ng highway acquisition or easements, to widen the shoulders of the road or to make it a full-length ends up in corruption… kung lahat itong p** — walang mangyari sa gobyerno,” he added.
As of writing, Sec. Mark Villar is not yet releasing a statement on the warning of President Duterte.