• MMDA chief not yet quitting post


    METROPOLITAN Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino on Friday confirmed he is not leaving his post yet even when the role of overseeing and managing traffic in the metropolis has been delegated to the Highway Patrol Group (HGP), clipping his agency of the responsibility.

    Tolentino said if he indeed decides to quit, this would only happen before the deadline for the filing of the Certificates of Candidacy for the 2016 national elections.

    “Siguro kapag napapasok tayo sa deadline ng Comelec mangyayari ang pag-resign ko (Perhaps I will only resign when the deadline set by Comelec arrives),” Tolentino said in a television interview.

    The MMDA chief said he would also consult President Benigno S. Aquino 3rd before making any decision.

    “I will talk to President Aquino about it (resignation) and all my decisions will depend on him and on his judgement,” Tolentino said.

    Earlier reports indicated that Tolentino is believed to be running for senator in the 2016 elections.

    The MMDA chief was under fire because he was frequently seen in provincial sorties.

    Tolentino said it would be up to President Aquino to decide if he would be included in the Liberal Party’s senatorial slate.

    When asked about his legacy as MMDA chief, Tolentino said he would be known for the first metro-wide earthquake drill, which turned out to be successful.



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