[Trending Now] Sen. Grace Poe: 'Grant President Duterte Emergency Powers To Solve Traffic.'
Sen. Grace Poe continues to serve the nation despite loss in the Presidency position . As the chair of the senate committee on public ser...
Sen. Grace Poe continues to serve the nation despite loss in the Presidency position. As the chair of the senate committee on public service, she stated that it is high time for President Rodrigo Duterte to be given emergency powers to solve the worsening traffic problems. This was her opening statement during the hearing of the committee last Wednesday. She sympathized with the commuters and motorists as their everyday struggle in the roads become unbearable.
Quoting from her statement, she said "Extraordinary problems require extraordinary solutions….We must be open to innovative solutions and be ready to think outside the box,” She pertains to emergency powers which was earlier asked by the President himself from the congress.
"We don’t need statistics to prove how traffic has gone from bad to worse in Mega Manila and other parts of the country. Cars move at glacial phase. People, including children, now wake up before dawn to catch an MRT train that can still accommodate passengers only to realize that the time to queue for a ticket is now longer than the train ride itself,” Poe said.
But Poe clarified that the grant should be "clear, specific, and time-bound."
“Though we are open to innovation we must also be responsible with our actions. Giving the president emergency powers necessarily raises concerns about concentration of powers to one person as these could easily be abused. We must be clear on what emergency powers will be used for, it is important to use to define and quantify the objectives of the bills…give us the bill of particulars, the specific results,” she added.