VICE presidential aspirant Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Tuesday called for the resignation of Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya, saying he is a “disappointment.”
Marcos made the statement on the sidelines of his sortie in the Camanava (Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas and Valenzuela) area in Metro Manila, noting that Abaya’s department has been the biggest source of problems in the government.
He pointed out that a recent five-hour power outage that hit the Ninoy Aquino International Airport 9 (NAIA) Terminal 3 was just one of the many incidents showing the incompetence of people in the DOTC.
“With Secretary Abaya, I’m sorry but DOTC has been the source of so many problems and when he came in we had hoped we would be the one to rationalize his department but he has been a disappointment kasi walang maayos na nangyari [nothing good is happening there],” Marcos said.
On Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Jose Angel Honrado, Marcos said he has been calling for the aviation official’s resignation for years.
“I’ve been calling for his resignation for years. He does not know his job. I asked him during the tanim-bala [bullet-planting on travelers at NAIA] hearings what’s his job as a general manager and I remember him saying he coordinates but he does not control the people in the airport. So kung walang control bakit sya (if he has no control, why is he a) manager]?” the senator added
He said he would later learn that Honrado had more than P1 billion in intelligence fund but it would seem the money is not being put to good use.
According to Marcos, he would not fire Honrado because he would not have appointed him in the first place.
“I have been asked, would I have fired him? No because I would have never appointed him in the first place because clearly he is not competent,” he said.
JAIME R. PILAPIL