House Speaker calls on transportation undersecretaries to resign

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — House Speaker Pantaleon "Bebot" Alvarez reiterates his call for certain transportation undersecretaries to resign.

In an interview with The Source on Wednesday, he said they should resign for their inability to fix transportation problems even as they seek emergency powers to solve the traffic mess.

"Kung meron silang kahihiyan na natitira, magresign sila," Alvarez said. "When you do not perform, mahiya ka naman."

[Translation: If they have any shame left in them, they should resign. If you do not perform, you should be embarrassed.]

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His renewed appeal comes after the resignation of Transportation Undersecretary for Rails Noel Kintanar.

He left his post last week over criticism for his alleged conflict of interest as he had worked in private corporations involved in transport projects.

Alvarez said he was reiterating this call to the undersecretaries of air, land, and legal affairs and stopped short of naming them.

Read: DOTr to Senators: Emergency powers needed to ease traffic

He, however, clarified he was not calling on Transportation Sec. Arthur Tugade to resign.

"In fairness kay Sec. Tugade rin, I think okay naman siya. Kaya niya," he said. "Siguro nahihiya siya na magsabi sa mga (undersecretaries) niya, kaya ako na magsasabi."

[In fairness to Sec. Tugade, I think he's okay. He can handle it. He's probably just too embarrassed to tell off his undersecretaries, so I'll do it.]

Alvarez's statements come in the midst of proposals to grant the executive emergency powers to tackle transportation problems.

Read: Senate ends hearing on traffic emergency powers

But he does not see the why it should be granted.

"Kasi doon sa committee hearing, tinanong sila [At the committee hearing, they were asked], what are your plans? How will you address the traffic problem? Wala [nothing]," Alvarez said.

"I mean, we will give you emergency powers, let's say for two years, tapos ngayon, wala kang plano [then you don't have plans]," he added. "Hindi naman siguro tama iyon [That's not right]."