End yuletide traffic woes

December 01, 2018

PHILIPPINE Constitution Association President Martin Romualdez, also Lakas Christian-Muslim Democrats president, sought anew effective malasakit measures to avoid a traffic gridlock as the holidays usher in a Christmas shopping frenzy.

Romualdez aired his sentiments as he showed malasakit or compassion for commuters and motorists who get caught in monstrous traffic jams during this festive season of buying and giving presents.

“This season of love, we must continue showing our malasakit to our fellow kababayans by finding  solutions to ease the traffic and ensure hassle-free holiday shopping,” said Romualdez.

The Lakas-CMD president  also asked everybody to stop the blame game and instead work together to find long-term answers to decongest the major roads leading to shopping malls.

Romualdez is running in next year’s election to  reclaim his seat as Leyte’s 1st district representative. His wife, Rep. Yedda Marie Kittilstvedt- Romualdez, who is currently holding the post, is also running as first nominee of the Tingog Sinirangan party-list group.

The three-term congressman also urged the government to invest in technology to solve issues related to traffic and disaster response. He added that IT solutions could help improve the quality of life of Filipinos.

Romualdez noted that traffic solutions rely heavily on technology.

The  comebacking Leyte congressman also expressed apprehension that worsening traffic has also resulted in road rage incidents.

Rep. Yedda as unifying voice of 4M E. Samarenos

The LAKAS-CMD president said his wife, Rep. Romualdez, will be the unifying and credible voice of four million Eastern Samar residents as first nominee of the Tingog Sinirangan party-list group.

“This is the reason why Tingog Sinirangan party-list came into existence. To be the unifying voice of the four million voice from Leyte, Biliran, Southern Leyte, Samar, Eastern Samar, and Northern Samar,” said Martin Romualdez in his speech during the Lakas-CMD, Tingog Sinirangan party-list group and the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) regional party of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio’s signing of the historic alliance agreement for the May 2019 midterm election last Nov. 7 in Tacloban City..

“Tingog Sinirangan is back because after getting back on our feet following Yolanda’s devastation, we are inspired by the challenge to make a much better Eastern Visayas. These in the words of my wife Yedda who will bid adieu from her congressional works for Leyte’s first district to make way for a higher purpose which is to serve the entire people of Eastern Visayas through Tingog Siniragan party-list as its first nominee,” Martin Romualdez told the crowd attended by Carpio-Duterte.    

“I will remain forever grateful to the Leyteños in the first district for being faithful to my beautiful and intelligent wife Yedda when they joined hands and brought her into office as Leyte First District congresswoman. I am proud to say that Yedda is one of the hardworking legislators in the 17th Congress,” said Martin Romualdez.

In the pursuit of bringing more “malasakit” reforms to Eastern Visayas, Yedda Romualdez recognized Duterte-Carpio’s help following the signing of the alliance agreement at the jampacked Tacloban City Convention Center or the Tacloban Astrodome.

“In this crusade, we are not alone. We stand shoulder-to-shoulder with partners such as Hugpong ng Pagbabago who share our cause. We stand confident knowing we have a President who himself championed the cause of regional governance. Today, on behalf of all the nominees, we make that commitment to be your voice. But that voice will only matter if all of us allow ourselves to be counted, and be heard. Stand with us, and together let us be heard!” said enthused Yedda Romualdez who received a bouquet of flowers from her devoted husband, Martin,  after her speech.

The other nominees of Tingog Sinirangan are Jude A. Acidre, Jamie J. Go, Alexis V. Yu and Jennifer C. Padual.

Acidre credited the sterling leadership of the late Leyte Gov. Benjamin “Kokoy” Romualdez for the rise of Tingog Sinirangan.

“I would like to honor the late Governor Benjamin “Kokoy” Romualdez. He was an excellent public servant -- but more than that, he was a visionary, who despite the poverty that for so long afflicted our region -- saw its immense potential for greatness. His vision for greatness is what spurs Tingog on this shared aspiration to be the voice for the people of Leyte, Samar and Biliran.

“In our region, the achievements as well as aspirations of Kokoy Romualdez challenge us to find once more in ourselves our capacity for greatness. In our time, the leadership, sincerity and passion for service of our President Rodrigo Duterte gives us so much hope for the future, that the change that we aspire for ourselves and our families is at hand. It is a deep honor for me to stand before all of you -- leaders of our regions, and our nation -- as we embark on a common journey towards a better tomorrow for this country,” Acidre added.