MANILA—Manila Mayor Isko Moreno on Tuesday pleaded with truck operators to discipline their drivers to ease road congestion, especially in areas leading to the capital’s port area.
Moreno blamed undisciplined and irresponsible truck drivers for the traffic buildup that has crippled the city.
“Ang tigas-tigas ng ulo, ugaling buwaya, tao naman,” Moreno complained to truck operators who paid him a courtesy visit at the city hall.
“I am literally begging you, buong kababaang loob. Once and for all, kausapin ninyong maigi ang mga driver ninyo,” he told the operators.
“Let’s try a new formula of good will,” he said. “I am showing you the willingness of the city to address your situation. Nasa inyo na ’yan, kumbaga, give and take.”
Trucks will be allowed to ply Roxas Boulevard provided that they are headed to and from the port of Manila, Moreno said.
A crackdown on syndicates and gangs that steal goods loaded on trucks passing through the port area would be launched, he said.
“They got my attention already so pagpupuyatan ko na sila,” he said referring to “jumpers” or those who loot moving trucks.
Truck groups lauded Moreno’s “appealing” approach, describing it as “surprising gesture.”
“Akala namin it will be authoritative. It seems like this is a different way,” Mary Zapata, vice president of the Confederation of Truckers Association of the Philippines, told ABS-CBN News.
“We appreciate that. May kasabihan nga na ’yung softer voice is even greater than a loud voice,” she said.
The mayor clarified that he was not going easy on delinquent truck drivers, but was just giving them “an opportunity to redeem themselves.”
“Hanggat maaari puro masahe, puro diplomasya, pakisuyo [kasi] baka makuha pa e,” he said.