PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte said he would not heed the calls for the resignation of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade amid the worsening situation of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT3).
Duterte told reporters that he still trusts Tugade will fix the problems in his department.
“I will not do that. I have full trust in Tugade, that he can correct the mistakes there and fix it. I would be resisting the call, if you want to put it in another, I will decline the request,” he said after meeting delegates of the League of Cities of the Philippines.
“You know the problems they come and go, they crop up every day of anything. And you must also remember… Murphy’s Law, if anything can go wrong it will go wrong. And it can happen every day to anybody,” he added.
Earlier, Duterte apologized over the recent MRT3 glitch.
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, meanwhile, assured the public that Tugade has plans to revamp the management of the MRT3.