Running out of ideas? Erice suggests Ted Failon as traffic czar
Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice is lobbying for television broadcaster and radio host Ted Failon to be the traffic czar of Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Francis Tolentino.
In a text message on Aug. 27, 2015, Erice said he has urged President Benigno Aquino III to appoint Failon as traffic czar for his knowledge as a journalist about the problems of the riding public.
“Mr. Failon knows the problems and have been articulating sound solutions to our annoying traffic problem. Failon is exposed to the problems, knows the stakeholders and familiar with government procedures,” said Erice, a member of the Liberal Party (LP).
“Ted is perfect. He can rally the motorists to cooperate and follow traffic rules,” he added.
Erice suggested Failon as aide following Tolentino’s epic fail stint as traffic enforcer that drew negative reactions online.
Netizens said Tolentino was only good for show especially as he was being eyed to run for Senate under the ticket of LP standard bearer Interior Secretary Mar Roxas.
Tolentino turned into a traffic cop along Katipunan Avenue in Quezon city near Ateneo De Manila University, and an hour later along Edsa fronting SM Megamall in Mandaluyong, in the early morning of Aug. 26, 2015.
Tolentino made the stint a few days after a Change.org petition circulated online calling for his resignation over his failure to address the metro’s traffic woes.
While still serving as MMDA chair, Tolentino had been seen in yellow tagging along Roxas in a tour around the country months before the start of the campaign for the 2016 presidential elections.
Failon served as Leyte representative from 2001 to 2004.