Duterte tells courts: Don't delay infrastructure push

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 16 2017 06:37 AM | Updated as of May 16 2017 01:28 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte. Romeo Ranoco, Reuters

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday warned courts against delaying his P8-trillion infrastructure overhaul with restraining orders.

Duterte said the judiciary should not play into the hands of losing bidders, who will seek temporary restraining orders on government projects.

“I’m now addressing myself to the judiciary. Do not play with TROs. Kapag ganoon, na-TRO ka ng TRO tapos na-delay, I’m telling you, don’t force me to disobey you. Kasi kayo ang ginagamit ng negosyo eh (You might be used by businessmen),” Duterte said.

“You don’t decide. We decide what is good for the country. Don’t decide for us kasi kami ang naghahanap ng pera. Kami ang nagpapatakbo ng proyekto (We look for the money. We are in charge of the projects)," he said.

Duterte said he was asking the Supreme Court to "do something" about alleged corruption in the insurance of restraining orders.

The judiciary should do its share in cleaning government, Duterte said, adding, "Kung ayaw niyo eh ‘di ako (If you wouldn't do it, I would), I would have to traverse the lines of separation of powers,” he said.

In, January, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno presented data before a business forum to disprove the President's allegations that too many restraining orders were delaying infrastructure projects.