As the plenary budget deliberations continue, House Deputy Speaker and Davao City 1st District Representative Paolo Duterte lambasted Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat over her “management style.”
The lawmaker made a manifestation while the deliberations on the National Housing Authority (NHA) budget was suspended, saying that he initially wanted to speak out during the discussions about the Department of Tourism (DoT) budget.
To give way to his manifestation, House Deputy Majority Leader Juan Pablo “Rimpy” Bondoc move for the suspension of the plenary deliberations into the 2020 budget of the Department of Human Settlement and Urban Development.
In his speech, the younger Duterte said that he had planned to ask Puyat questions during the plenary deliberations into the DoT’s proposed budget last 17 September but he did not do so, as he was advised by House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano to discuss his concerns directly with Puyat.
Duterte said he wanted to seek clarification on what is happening now with the DoT under the leadership of Puyat.
“I had planned to ask some questions because it has come to my attention that there have been several complaints on the management style of Secretary Romulo Puyat, in relation to the approval of contracts and projects in her department,” said Duterte.
According to the lawmaker, he heed the advice of the Speaker and spoke with Puyat but the problem, he said was not resolved.
“After I had discussed my concerns with Secretary Puyat — napupuyat na ako sa babae na ‘to — in the presence of our Speaker, I thought that was the last of it.”
“Ang buong akala ko ay maganda ang ikakabunga ng aming pag-uusap, ‘yon pala ay mauuwi lang sa sumbungan at mga maling paratang laban sa akin, at alam niyo na kung kanino,” he said.
The Davao City representative added that he would be remiss of his duty if he will turn a deaf ear to the complaints and grievances that have reached his office regarding the DoT.
“Ito lang po, Mr. Speaker, ako po ay naniniwala na dapat ipabatid natin sa lahat ang mga pangyayaring ito nang sa gayon ay malaman ng ating mga kababayan ang tunay niyang karakter at paguugali.”
Puyat was not present when Duterte delivered his speech.