Emergency powers, a must for Duterte's traffic reforms

Emergency powers, a must for Duterte's traffic reforms

- Incoming Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre said that Duterte needs emergency powers to successfully curb traffic in Metro Manila

- Atty. Panelo and Duterte’s legal drafted the bill requesting for these emergency powers

- Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman affirmed the request saying that it would really help the administration in solving traffic

Incoming Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre said on Tuesday that President-elect Rodrigo Duterte will only be able to provide band-aid solutions to solve Metro Manila’s traffic problem if he doesn’t secure proposed emergency powers.

Emergency powers, a must for Duterte's traffic reforms

According to Aguirre, halt orders may be issued against potential measures proposed by incoming Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade to ease traffic flow if the President has no emergency powers. Aguirre added that this might prevent the Duterte administration from introducing extensive reforms.

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In an interview, Aguirre said, "Kapag wala po iyang emergency power na iyan... talagang mahihirapan sapagkat anumang move na gagawin niya [Tugade] diyan sa Department of Transportation and Communication, siguradong sa korte babagsak. Mga TRO ang haharang sa kanya.”

(If there’s no emergency powers, it will really be difficult because whatever Tugade does in the Department of Transportation and Communication might be redirected to the court. TROs will hinder him.)

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"Iyung talagang may kabuluhan at far-reaching na reforms ay hindi magagawa kaagad kapag wala iyang emergency power na iyan sapagkat sa napakatagal pong panahon natin iyang napabayaan,” he added.

(Those significant and far reaching reforms won’t really be done immediately if there’s no emergency power because we have already abandoned them for so long.)

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