MANILA- President Rodrigo Duterte reminded emergency responders on Tuesday to drive safely, saying it is unnecessary to drive recklessly for as long as sirens are used properly.
Duterte warned against using sirens as a license to kill or destroy property, noting that the warning devices serve as notices to the public of an emergency.
“...when you are behind wheel and there is assistance for an emergency and you put on the blinker, it is not a license for you to just drive whatever the space in the streets may be,” the President said during the turn-over ceremony of 74 fire trucks to local government units in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.
“Ang pinakahulugan ng siren is tumabi kayo kay may emergency. You do not have to destroy properties or to kill. Tutal ‘yang siren na ‘yan would put on notice publicly na may emergency,” he added.
(Sirens mean that there is an emergency)
Traffic authorities have repeatedly urged motorists to give way to emergency responders amid reports of difficulties due to traffic jams.
As long as sirens are properly used, emergency responders don’t have to “hurry up,” Duterte explained.
“All you do is drive normally and switch on the siren or siren para may malaman nagmamadali ka at nag --- paraanin niyo sila (let them pass),” he said.
Duterte issued the reminders in light of the newly acquired fire trucks of the Bureau of Fire Protection.
The agency is set to distribute 51 fire trucks, 20 water tankers, and 3 rescue trucks to different cities and towns across the country.