- Senator Grace Poe revealed that she is in favor of granting President Rodrigo Duterte with emergency power to address traffic situation
- She said that her support for the bill does not mean that she also supports the possibility of Duterte declaring martial law if his war against drugs is interfered
- The Transportation Crisis Act of 2016 was filed by former Senate President Franklin Drilon
Senator Grace Poe supported the move to grant President Rodrigo Duterte’s additional powers that would enable him to address the worsening traffic situation for three years, arguing that Congress has the right to take it back anytime.
The senator reiterated that the fine line between being supportive and being permissive as well as that of being cautious and being an obstructionist should always be in kept in mind.
“I’m supportive. As I said we’re supportive but we’re not abdicating our role in also checking on the executive because I said it’s really important,” Poe, chair of the Senate committee on public services, said.
She said situations like this is one of the reasons why there are three different branches of government. This would allow all members of the different branches to support each other and police each other.”
“I’d like to see this administration succeed but I’m not going to give up on my role to make sure that they actually do it according to the processes that are laid out by the law,” Poe said.
Poe disclosed that the bill submitted to her committee proposes that the President address the traffic problem and use his emergency powers within two or three years.
There is, however, no need for the public to fear the President’s emergency powers as the Congress also has the power to withdraw it in case it feels like the power is no longer in demand and needed.
On the other hand, Poe also emphasized that supporting this move for an emergency power does not mean that she supports the possibility of declaring martial law.
She argued that her support is for the specific problem, which is traffic. Solving the traffic problem has nothing to do with the President’s fight against drugs.
It can be recalled that the President threatened to declare martial law if his war against drugs will be interfered.
Meanwhile, former Senate President Franklin Drilon is responsible for filing a bill that would grant the President emergency powers to address the traffic situation problem both in Manila and other major urban areas. The bill is dubbed as the Transportation Crisis Act of 2016. -Kami Media