Duterte hits local execs over trash in cities

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 17 2016 03:25 PM | Updated as of Jul 17 2016 04:56 PM

An MMDA personnel works on a mountain of garbage collected from the Libertad flood control station in Pasay City. ABS-CBN News
MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte expressed dismay over the inability of mayors and governors to manage garbage in their areas.

Duterte lamented that the country's streets are strewn with trash even though local officials have discretionary funds that may be used to keep their cities clean.

"Many localities in the country are so dirty and yet the mayors are not doing anything about it," the President said at the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency office in Davao City last Friday.

"There is trash and garbage around and if you have to wait for the plastic to go inside the drainage every time there's a downpour and excessive rain water, nagka-clog," he added.

Noting that discretionary and intelligence funds are the easiest to pocket, Duterte vowed to form a special team that will review how local officials used their allocations.

"I will create a special team. I will review pati 'yung intelligence funds ninyo. 'Yan ang pinakamadaling mapasok sa bulsa eh," he said.

"Yung mga mayor na hindi performing, you make your city clean and peaceful."

He also said local officials who have beautiful offices and who use expensive vehicles should be ashamed of themselves.