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Duterte to employ ‘iron-fist’ methods vs. metro traffic

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Will Metro Manila residents find these steps from the Duterte administration a “dry run” of sorts to martial law ?

President-elect Rodrigo Duterte will reportedly declare a transportation crisis over the metropolis, after which he will ask Congress to grant him “emergency powers” to put an end to its perennial traffic jams.

This was bared by two of Duterte’s incoming officials Monday (June 20), the same day that his economic team held a business forum in Davao City.

Incoming National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) chief Ernesto Pernia was the one who revealed that “Digong” would declare a crisis in Metro Manila due to its worsening traffic woes.

Duterte will officially take over the Palace seat on June 30.

Meanwhile, Duterte’s designated Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) secretary Arthur Tugade said that the new chief executive would indeed request for special powers from the House of Representatives (HOR) to address the epic road congestion.

Tugade said that these powers include doing away with public biddings in favor of direct contraction for transportation-related projects, opening private subdivision roads to traffic, and removing transport terminals and public markets located on busy highways.

He said Duterte could have these emergency powers at his disposal for up to two years.

Earlier, Digong lamented at the state of the country’s capital, calling it a “dead city” no thanks to its traffic jams and numerous illegal settlers.