- In a speech, President Duterte said he really wanted to solve the traffic in EDSA
- However, the Congress did not grant him ‘emergency powers’
- Therefore, the President do not want to interfere in the issue anymore
During his speech in Malacañang, President Rodrigo Duterte discussed the worsening case of traffic along EDSA highway.
KAMI has learned that the President has tried to solve the traffic in EDSA. However, the Congress did not permit him so.
According to President Duterte, he cannot solve the said issue through his words. Instead, he needed money to solve it. Therefore, the President asked for emergency powers that the Congress did not grant him.
He said, “EDSA — sinabi ko sa inyo. I’ll try. So ang hiningi ko noon, I could be given emergency powers,”
“Itong EDSA, I cannot repair it with saliva. I need to spend. I need to have money,” the President added.
As reported by Manila Bulletin, President Duterte said the reason why Congress did not give him emergency powers was because “malaki daw ‘yung pera, baka mapunta nang graft and corruption.”
Therefore, President Duterte did not bother anymore. He said, “It’s okay. I don’t need it. Let EDSA remain as it is for the next 20 years. Don’t bother.”
“But kung ganun ang pagkaintindi ninyo, huwag na. What for? There’s always the hanging suspension — suspicion that I am there for the money. Huwag nalang. Hayaan mo. Wala tayong magawa,” he added.
President Duterte said that there have been many proposals to resolve the issue but he is not sure how or when it will be materialized. However, all he wanted was to finish his term.
The President added that during the administration of both Ferdinand Marcos and Corazon Aquino, they were granted emergency powers to resolve energy issues. With this kind of power, the President is allowed to purchase anything without any bidding.
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