Speaker pitches ‘emergency powers’ for Duterte vs traffic

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 25 2016 02:30 PM

MANILA - Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on Monday pressed his colleagues on granting “emergency powers” to President Rodrigo Duterte to solve traffic congestion that costs the economy P2.4 billion daily.

Alvarez said the procurement law should be revised to make it more “flexible.” Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade earlier said public bidding should not be required for some projects. [ARTHUR TUGADE http://news.abs-cbn.com/business/06/20/16/duterte-to-seek-emergency-powers-for-traffic-crisis]

“The traffic in Metro Manila and Metro Cebu is simply terrible. We waste so many hours sitting in cars or buses or riding in jampacked and rickety MRT and PNR trains instead of spending time at work or being with our families at home,” he said.

“The situation is in most certain terms a true crisis which needs emergency powers to enable the President to act,”

Over the weekend, Duterte’s office announced he was skipping speaking engagements in the capital so as not to add to traffic congestion.