14 senators sign report for Digong emergency powers

Inquirer.net December 15,2016 - 11:48 AM


Fourteen senators have signed a committee report on a bill granting President Rodrigo Duterte emergency powers to address the traffic crisis in the country.

The 14 are Senators Grace Poe, Loren Legarda, Franklin Drilon, Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, Panfilo Lacson, Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV, Juan Miguel Zubiri, Richard Gordon, Joel Villanueva, Nancy Binay, Sherwin Gatchalian, Gregorio Honasan, Antonio Trillanes IV and Senate Majority Leader Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, ex-officio member.

Poe is chair of the Senate committee on public services, the lead panel that deliberated on the measure along with the committee on finance chaired by Legarda and the committee on constitutional amendments and revision of codes chaired by Drilon.

She said Senate Bill No. 1284 or “An Act Compelling the Govern-ment to Address the Transportation and Congestion Crisis through the Grant of Emergency Powers to the President” was a consolidation of the measures filed by Drilon, Gatchalian and Senators Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito and Alan Peter Cayetano.
In her sponsorship speech of the bill, Poe described traffic as not just a Metro Manila “disease” but a “virus engulfing the nation.”

“A long train of bad ideas, bankrupt programs, botched projects and lack of meaningful foresight has made it an accident waiting to happen — the perfect train wreck upon which the well-being and welfare of the Filipino people is fighting for survival. It is now time to untangle the mess, one that is so grave and great that it needs emergency powers to straighten it out,” she said.

“What is disappointing, Mr. President, is it appears that the burden to solve the traffic crisis is now on us. Bigla na lang idinadahilan ng ibang mga taga executive department na hindi sila makakilos ng mabilis dahil wala silang emergency powers (Those from the executive department would suddenly claim they couldn’t act swiftly due to lack of emergency powers). Many solutions do not require legislation. In fact, the laws are there, the plans are there, if only they are implemented. Hindi lahat ng solusyon nangangailangan ng semento. Kadalasan, sentido-kumon lang ang kulang (Not all solutions need a specific power. Usually, what’s lacking is the common sense).”

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