Aquino convoy stops on red lights


Posted at Jun 30 2010 10:10 AM | Updated as of Jun 30 2010 09:25 PM

MANILA, Philippines - As promised, President-elect Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III's convoy stopped on red lights while on its way to Malacañang on Wednesday morning.

ABS-CBN's Sky Patrol was able to take a footage of the convoy when it stopped on red light at the corner of E. Rodriguez and Araneta Avenues.

The convoy went off again as soon as the traffic lights switched to green and then cruised smoothly at 40 to 50 kilometers per hour until it reached the Malacañang Palace around 10 a.m..

The convoy left Aquino's Times Street resident at 9:44 a.m..

On Tuesday, Aquino promised that he will not be getting any special treatment when travelling on the country's roads.

“Sa totoo lang po, may hagad (police escort) po tayong kasama, pero ‘yung hagad, kasama ko rin po pag nakahinto sa pulang ilaw,” said the president.

(To tell you the truth, I will have police escorts, but they will follow traffic lights; if it's a red light, they will stop.)

Aquino said he will suggest the same policy to incoming Vice-President Jejomar Binay, the Senate President, the Speaker of the House, and the Chief Justice.

Under Presidential Decree 96, only motor vehicles designated for the use of the Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines, National Bureau of Investigation, Land Transportation Office, Bureau of Fire Protection, and hospital ambulances can be fitted with sirens, bells, horns or similar gadgets.

As for government officials, only the President, Vice President, Senate president, House Speaker, and Chief Justice are allowed to use vehicles with these devices.

Aquino's police mobile escort activated their blinkers, but did not wail their sirens throughout the 16 minute travel to the Palace.

As part of tradition, Aquino will fetch outgoing President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo from Malacañang. They will ride in a single car and then head to the Quirino Grandstand for the inauguration.

As soon as Mrs. Arroyo leaves, the national anthem will be played. A few song numbers will be performed by top Filipino singers before the actual swearing in of the incoming president. With a report from Ricky Velasco, radio dzMM