Senate committee urged to give Duterte emergency traffic power

September 16, 2019
Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr.

SENATE Committee on Public Services vice chairman Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr.  is urging the committee led by Senator Grace Poe to reconsider its decision not to grant  President Rodrigo Duterte emergency powers to address the worsening traffic condition.

Revilla  has filed a resolution calling for a national public transport summit to come up with a comprehensive traffic management plan that will formulate  short, medium, and long term programs and solutions to the traffic crisis.

The senator said since the formulation of programs will take time before they can  be finalized and implemented, the  Executive,   should be given powers to act immediately to  control the problem.

“Totoo na marami namang kapangyarihan sa kasalukuyan kahit wala pang emergency powers. Pero mabagal ang usad dahil sa daming proseso at burukrasya.

“Emergency powers will facilitate and speed up the action of government,”  Revilla  said.

“The Legislature will be there every step of the way exercising its oversight,” he stressed.

Revilla  also asked for cooler heads to prevail, saying the heated exchanges of officials could be the result of mutual frustration over how the situation could be addressed.

“Grabe na talaga ang traffic. Ang road rage hindi na lang sa kalsada. Iisa lang naman ang gusto natin, ma-solve ang problema.

“We have to come to a consensus para magawa ‘yan,” Revillas said.