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Duterte to investigate intelligence, discretionary funds of LGUs

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte expressed his dismay over the inability of mayors and governors to manage garbage in their areas.
Last Friday, the President vowed to create a special body to look into the intelligence and discretionary funds of local officials that may be misspent.
“Many localities in the country are so dirty and yet the mayors are not doing anything about it,” he said.
“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 said.
The President stressed that the governors and mayors could effectively manage their garbage well because they have their respective discretionary funds.
“I will create a special team. I will review pati yung intelligence funds ninyo. Yan ang pinakamadaling mapasok sa bulsa eh. Yung mga mayor na hindi performing, you make your city clean and peaceful,” he said.
PRRD added that local officials who have beautiful offices and who use expensive vehicles should be ashamed of themselves.

Criselda Cabangon David, a happy mother of two kids, is a full-time Sociologist at the City Government of Lucena, Quezon Province. She is currently the Managing Editor of Ang Diaryo Natin Sunday News, a weekly local community newspaper in the Philippines and an active member of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines.