Duterte directs suspension of mayors, governors who will fail to clear roads

President Rodrigo Duterte has directed Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año to suspend mayors or governors who will fail to enforce clearing of public roads to ensure smooth flow of traffic.

“One estimate pegs economic losses at P3.5 billion a day due to traffic congestion in Metro Manila,” President Duterte said in his SONA 2019.

“So meantime, I reiterate my directive, my request, my pleadings to the MMDA and all concerned local officials in Metro Manila, and all other cities, to undertake immediate action to ensure the speedy and smooth flow of vehicular traffic. Reclaim all public roads that are being used for private ends. Marami diyan,” he said.

“And again, I asked Secretary Año to see to it that this is enforced. If there is a mayor or a governor, or kung ano kang – sino kang demonyo ka, isuspend mo Sir Año. Give him time and if he cannot – if he is not up to it, then pagpahingain mo na lang. Suspend mo na. Wala talagang – wala tayong magawa,” he said.