House of Representatives leaders have expressed utter disgust over the attitude of Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, who apparently thinks she is entitled to special treatment on account of President Rodrigo Duterte's fondness of her.
House Deputy Speaker Paolo Z. Duterte disclosed there have been complaints brought to his attention that might have been addressed during the pre-plenary deliberation on next year's budget of the Department of Tourism.
But, to accommodate Puyat, Rep. Duterte thought it prudent to thresh out matters in a meeting with her in the presence of Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano.
The Davao City representative said there were nagging complaints over Puyat's "management style" which the former thought would be properly addressed after the meeting. The complaints, among others, question the legitimacy of multi-million peso contracts and projects approved by the DOT chief.
Instead, Rep. Duterte was flabbergasted to find out that Puyat had sought audience with President Duterte and turned the table on the congressman, hurling unbelievable accusations against the presidential son.
Puyat literally bad-mouthed Cong. Duterte, taking advantage of Manong Digong's usual openness and friendship.
Rep. Eric Yap of the Anti-Corruption and Terrorism through Community Involvement and Support (ACT-CIS) partylist condemned Puyat's "spoiled brat" attitude. It is unbecoming of a public servant, much less a Cabinet member.
Yap posed a question for her: “Secretary Puyat, ano po ang naging tugon ninyo sa pagpupulong na yun? Concrete solution ba o mas nakita nyo na dapat magsumbong na lang sa mahal na Pangulo? Kung ang Deputy Speaker na anak ng Pangulo ay nagawa nyong isumbong at batuhin ng mga maling paratang, paano na lang ang ibang mga mambabatas na walang direktang access sa Pangulo? Paano ang mga ordinaryong kawani ng pamahalaan? Paano ang mga ordinaryong Pilipino? Anong mensahe po ang gusto nyong ipahatid sa bawat taong may lehitimong concern sa estado ng turismo ng bayan?”
Puyat should just respond to complaints about her overpaid staff and public relations consultants, questionable advertisement expenses, frivolous travel junkets, wasteful social events and luxurious luncheons with Yellow media members allegedly on her payroll.
We would welcome Sec. Puyat's reaction on the issues but she, and any one of the DOT’s spokespersons, have been unavailable for comment.