Ayaw na ng Pangulo: House ditches traffic emergency powers for Duterte
By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN
The House leadership said it will no longer pursue the proposed emergency powers for President Rodrigo Duterte to finally resolve the traffic mess in the country.
In an interview with the ABS-CBN News Channel, House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said they would rather utilize their oversight functions in finding and creating solutions for the traffic problem.
He added that they will also focus in crafting legislations that will further expand the country’s mass transportation instead of relying to the emergency powers.
“We will push for the mass transportation and we will not only pass legislation if needed will use our oversight powers there’s no reason that right of way should be a problem,” said Cayetano.
Cayetano said they decided to drop the proposed traffic emergency powers for Malacañang since the President has already admitted that he’s not anymore interested in pursuing the measure after being opposed by several senators, particularly Sen. Grace Poe.
“Not anymore because the president said he doesn’t want it anymore,” said Cayetano.
Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo earlier said the chief executive “will not go down his knees and plead” for emergency traffic powers since the Upper House is consistently opposed to the proposal.
Cayetano stressed that the best way to have the emergency powers given to Duterte was during his first year in office but the Senate, especially Poe was keep on blocking it due to alleged lack appropriate details.
The House leader has opposed Poe’s claims that there is indeed lack of plan to the proposal.
“Gusto nya na nakadetalye na parang appropriation bill eh kaka-take over nga lang ng administration ia-a-assess mo pa nga lahat kaya nga emergency power di ba?” said Cayetano.
Emergency power is not appropriate right now since “we cannot attract a crisis with emergency powers when you’re in the middle of it already,” according to the House leader.