President Rodrigo Duterte is not eager on pushing Congress to grant him emergency powers even when it might fast-track the implementation of initiatives within the transportation sector.

In a speech on the Davao International Airport following his arrival from China early Tuesday (May 16), Duterte mentioned he doesn’t blame Congress for doubting that the chief will abuse the particular powers that may be given to it.

“If the Congress would want to give it to me, fine. It would expedite things. But if they are fearful of corruption there because walang bidding-bidding ‘yan eh emergency powers, then they have every right to doubt,” he mentioned.

Duterte mentioned he won’t stress Congress into granting him emergency powers even when he assured them that he won’t tolerate any type of corruption.

“If they do not feel safe or comfortable with my Cabinet, fine,” he mentioned.

It was Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade who requested Congress to grant Duterte emergency powers, saying it can assist deal with the site visitors issues within the nation.

He allayed fears it is going to be abused by stating that Congress has oversight powers to test how it’s getting used.

Senator Grace Poe, chair of the Senate committee on public companies which deliberated on the proposal for emergency powers, mentioned Congress won’t give “vague powers” or “blank checks” to Tugade.