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‘Respect for law’? Look again, MMDA

The ruckus over that Maserati incident is already getting out of hand. The Metro Manila Development Authority is so “overacting” it makes us want to puke! It said it’s going all-out to give moral support to the traffic enforcer who was “kinaladkad” daw by the arrogant traffic violator. It asserted this is about respect for authority, respect for the law!

Posted: December 9th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Traffic problem beyond MMDA’s power to solve

I am not taking away from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) its tireless efforts in trying to ease the monstrous traffic along Edsa and nearby streets. These efforts are very commendable, and I salute MMDA Chair Francis Tolentino for his patience in absorbing the blame hurled at him because of the problem. But the MMDA can only lessen the problem with Band-aid solutions.

Posted: December 6th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

That Maserati mauler

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The car delineated the stark divide between the driver and the traffic enforcer, the distance between their social and economic statuses, and even offered an “explanation” for the incident. The Maserati spoke of arrogance, privilege, wealth and entitlement.

Posted: November 29th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Locating central bus station at VMMC a bad idea

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Transportation Secretary Joseph Abaya has come up with another harebrained idea: Make a portion of the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) in Quezon City the central station for buses coming from the north. City buses will also converge there to take passengers from the provinces to their destinations in Metro Manila.

Posted: November 21st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Bad news: Traffic won’t get better till 2015

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I have very bad news for Metro Manilans: The horrendous traffic jams and floods will be with us until next year. This comes straight from Francis Tolentino, chair of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, although he did not say it exactly that way. What he told the Kapihan sa Manila at the Diamond Hotel last Monday (the other guest was former congressman Danilo Suarez) was that the traffic jams are brought about by a combination of factors: diggings on the streets by the Department of Public Works and Highways and by the water concessionaires, the lack of an efficient transport system, too many vehicles on too few streets, and the lack of coordination among the agencies involved in transportation.

Posted: October 15th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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