Commuter woes take spotlight at Senate hearing on emergency powers

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 25 2016 12:18 PM

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MANILA - The plight of commuters took center stage as Senate resumed Thursday its deliberations on bills seeking emergency powers for President Duterte to address the worsening traffic situation in Metro Manila.

Senator Grace Poe, chair of the Senate committee on public services, insisted that "If the emergency powers are being sought in the name of the people, then it is proper to ask the people what changes they want to see."

Commuters walk along the EDSA extension during rush hour. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

"Most often, transport plans fail not because they are not good enough but because of the fatal handicap of not consulting people on the ground," she added.

Invited to hearing were Transportation Undersecretaries Noel Kintanar and Anne Lontoc; Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) officer in charge Thomas Orbos; and National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Assistant Director Kathlen Mangune.

Others invited were members of the academe from the University of the Philippines (UP) National Center, representatives of the Highway Patrol Group, Philtrak Inc. President Francisco Yuseco, Jr. and other experts.

Watch a live streaming of the hearing here.

ABS-CBN NewsChannel, 25 August 2016