Poe to Pres. Duterte - Certify as urgent emergency powers on traffic

Poe to Pres. Duterte - Certify as urgent emergency powers on traffic

It looks like Senator Grace Poe has heeded or listened to the voice of the majority blaming her for the continued horrendous traffic in the country’s main artery – Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue or simply EDSA.
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in the first part of his term has made a statement if Congress will not give him the “emergency powers” needed to fix the traffic woes of the country then so be it.

Senator Grace Poe and the daily traffic in Metro Manila specifically in EDSA (photo credit to owner)

Then it was Grace Poe who was the chairman on public services in the Senate.
Poe, still the chair of the Senate committee on public services, said the transportation department this time must specify projects as well as provide a management plan to ease the strain of construction projects on traffic congestion.
“We were all for passing the bill last Congress, if not for the failure of the DOTr to submit to us the list of projects that will be covered by the grant of powers. Everything must be well-defined. Hindi puwede ang blanket grant of emergency powers under the Constitution,” Poe said in a statement.

“We will also need the support of the President to rally his troops in both Houses to support the bill. If the administration wants it, they can certify it as urgent.”
Newly elected and Duterte ally senator Francis Tolentino, filed the new emergency powers bill.

“Ipapaliwanag din natin nang mas mainam ito, dahil ngayon, nakikita natin maraming proyektong halos patapos na,” Tolentino told reporters 
Under Tolentino's proposed bill, the transportation secretary will serve as the country's traffic crisis czar, who will be under the direct control of the President.

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