House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez believes there’s no reason for the Road Board to be abolished despite the corruption allegations hounding it.
In his December 20 column for the Manila Standard, Suarez said the Road Board’s authority in handling the motor vehicle users’ charge (MVUC) is limited.
“The entire procurement processes are in the hands of the implementing agencies. Hence, these allegations of corruption are baseless,” he said.
Suarez noted that the management of the MVUC is shared by the Departments of Public Works, Transportation, Finance and Budget and Management, as well as transport representatives who constitute the leadership and membership of the Road Board.
“If there are corrupt activities, the most vulnerable to corruption are processes under the stewardship of implementing agencies,” he said.
For Suarez, the Road Board’ existence is important for the implementation of road safety and road maintenance projects.
The House of Representatives had approved on third reading a bill abolishing the Road Board but it was rescinded in September when the Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was already the Speaker.
President Rodrigo Duterte recently said he supports the abolition of Road Board because it is a source of corruption for politikos.