'A living hell': Poe laments state of Southwest bus terminal


Posted at Aug 25 2016 03:53 PM

Senator Grace Poe inspects the Southwest Integrated Terminal during a surprise visit on Wednesday. Photo from Poe's Facebook page

MANILA - Senator Grace Poe on Thursday bared the sorry state of the Southwest Integrated Transport Terminal in Parañaque City, where some provincial bus lines were directed to load and unload passengers as a measure to decongest EDSA.

"The terminal is a living hell for commuters who need to go home to Cavite or Batangas," Poe said at a Senate hearing on proposed emeRgency powers for President Duterte to resolve the traffic nightmare in Metro Manila.

The senator, who made made a surprise visit to the terminal inspected the terminal on Wednesday, went on to describe the area as "filthy, dimly-lit and poorly maintained."

The senator also presented video footage that shows illegal construction littering the terminal's walkway, commuters climbing makeshift ladders to reach the terminal, and passengers complaining about long waiting lines and overloaded buses.

"Iyan ang sitwasyon sa ating bansa na ang ekonomiya ay lumalago na, hindi ko alam kung bakit napabayaan nang ganito ang terminal na ito," she criticized. [Our country is experiencing an economic boom, I don't understand why this terminal was neglected to this extent.]

The Southwest Integrated Transport Terminal is operated by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

Thursday's Senate hearing on emergency powers tackled other problems hounding commuters.

Watch a live streaming of the hearing here.