Transport chief cracks down on excessive travels

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Posted at Jan 25 2018 12:14 PM

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MANILA - Transportation Sec. Arthur Tugade said Thursday he had become stricter when approving official travels after President Rodrigo Duterte fired one of his subordinates over alleged excessive trips.

Marcial Amaro, the former head of the Maritime Industry Industry Authority, was found to have traveled abroad 24 times over 2 years, earning the President's ire.

Tugade said official travels have since been capped at 12 per year. 

"Ngayon, pag merong magbibiyahe, bigyan mo ko ng history ng travel. Ilang beses kang nag-travel? Saan ka nagpunta?" Tugade told ANC's Headstart.

(Now, when there's a travel request, you'll have to give me your travel history. How many times did you travel? Where did you go?)

Referring to Amaro, Tugade said: "I have to be faulted at certain points because of approval. I accept the fault."

"But when you look at the totality of travel, more than 24 -- marami naman ho 'yun ma'am (that's a lot). We have to change our form," he said.

Duterte earlier said he would appoint the Armed Forces Chief of Staff, General Rey Leonardo Guerrero, to head Marina.