Piston warns of corruption from emergency powers

Piston warns of corruption from emergency powers
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A militant transport group on Monday claimed that the use of emergency powers to solve the traffic problem in Metro Manila may lead to corruption.

George San Mateo, president of the Pagakaisa ng mga Samahan ng Tsuper at Operators Nationwide (Piston) said, “the emergency powers will… bypass government requirements such as public biddings. It [may] result in negotiated contracts with sovereign guarantees [for projects] for the Metro Rail Transit, Light Rail Transit and the like which are fertile grounds for corruption.”

 He said that allowing such would put the country in its same state in 1993 when Fidel Ramos used emergency powers and signed contracts with independent power producers to address an energy crisis.

“Even if the IPPs didn’t produce any electricity, their income was guaranteed by the public,” San Mateo said.

Under the Transportation Act of 2016 by Senat9or Franklin Drilon, the President will be authorized to adopt alternative methods of procurement for the construction, repair, rehabilitation, improvement or maintenance of transportation projects.

The Duterte administration believes that this would solve the country’s problems in traffic especially in Metro Manila. MJM

Source: Inquirer