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Duterte wants to use road user’s tax for disaster-prone Bicol

President Rodrigo Duterte conducts an aerial inspection over the typhoon-hit areas in the Bicol region on January 4, 2019. PHOTO from former Special Assistant to the President Christopher ‘Bong” Go.

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte wants the almost P30 billion road users’ tax be used for flood control projects and for dredging rivers in the Bicol region after massive flooding and landslide claimed hundreds of lives in Bicol and the Visayas.

Duterte said this in a command conference in Pili town in Camarines Sur as he reiterated his earlier order for the abolition of the graft-ridden Road Board.

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“Kausapin ko si Sen Pres at Speaker, wala ako objection kung tatanggalin, it cannot remain, putanginang corruption (I will talk to the Senate President and Speaker. I have no objection if they are abolished, it cannot remain. Curse corruption),” he said.

“I will commit to you that the first project undertaken under that fund, okay ako (I’m okay) will start with,” he added. /ee

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PHOTO from former Special Assistant to the President Christopher ‘Bong” Go.

PHOTO from former Special Assistant to the President Christopher ‘Bong” Go.

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