Former Representative of Southern Leyte Roger Mercado assailed as baseless and politically-motivated the attacks against Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade.
Mercado, who also served as Assistant Secretary for Administration and Legal Affairs of the old Department of Transportation and Communications during the Arroyo administration, said Tugade possesses the brand of leadership that the government needs.
“Sec. Tugade is working hard to do something about our present traffic situation. He is strong-willed and unyielding. He’s the kind of leader that doesn’t seem to take ‘no’ for an answer. He’s impatient, and that’s good because he gets things done,” said Mercado.
Mercado was commenting on recent attacks made by the so-called Road Users Protection Advocates (RUPA), which has been advocating for the ouster of Tugade.
“This group has not laid down a single advocacy for road users. It is very clear that the only thing they care about is for Tugade to leave the DOTr,” he added.
Mercado said significant changes in traffic flow have yet to be felt, but he insists that it is worth giving Tugade and the DOTr a chance.
The former transport official also added that transport infrastructure and other initiatives are long overdue and it is better for the public and supposed advocacy groups to rally behind DOTr than zero in on besmirching Tugade’s reputation.