No emergency powers? ‘Let Edsa rot there’ - Duterte

No emergency powers? ‘Let Edsa rot there’ - Duterte

Solving the perennial heavy traffic in the Metro Manila continues to elude the hundreds of thousands commuting public.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte already into the second half of his terms seems to be fed up in trying to give solution to the heavy traffic congestion in the metro, saying that without him having emergency powers: “Let Edsa rot there.”

In his speech in Rombon, President Duterte blamed a lady politician, whom the president did not identify as the main biggest roadblock in solving the monstrous traffic jam in Epifanio De Los Santos Avenue or more popularly known as EDSA.

Not naming that lady senator, the President had been quoted to criticize senator Grace Poe for saying that the funds he planned to ask Congress to ease traffic in the Metro Manila could be lost to corruption.

“Si [Transportation Secretary Arthur] Tugade, sabi: ‘We need to borrow for EDSA, because we need money to move just one stall there’,” the President said. “Ang hinihingi nila emergency powers.”

“Here comes a lady, atribida tawag ko diyan eh. It’s good to be honest. It’s good to be a crusading public official. No doubt about it you will be appreciated. Pero kung sumobra ka and you think all elected public officials are corrupt, eh ’di wag na. Let EDSA rot there,” he said.

The President made it public that he would need emergency powers to address the funding of projects that would solve traffic in Metro Manila, particularly on Edsa.

“So look at Edsa. Until now, I cannot do anything. But never did I ask [for] money without any bidding,” he earlier said.

Grace Poe just won her second term as senator, and still chairs the Senate Committee on Public Services, which tackles traffic and transportation issues.

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