MALACAÑANG has apologized to the public for the ungodly traffic jam Wednesday that was caused by road closures made in connection with the EDSA People Power Revolution’s 29th anniversary rites.
“Humihingi kami ng paumanhin sa ating mga kababayan na naipit sa traffic dulot ng pagsasara ng mga daan kahapon (We apologize to our countrymen who were stuck in the traffic jam caused by closure of thoroughfares yesterday),” Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Heminio Coloma Jr. told reporters in a press briefing Thursday.
Coloma promised that government officials would “next time” release at an earlier date a “more compete advisory” on possible alternate routes for motorists so as to avoid a repeat of the incident.
“Sa susunod na pagkakataon maglalabas ng mas maaga at mas kumpletong abiso hinggil sa mga alternate routes na maaaring daanan upang huwag dumanas muli ng malaking abala at sakripisyo sa matinding trapik.”
President Benigno Aquino III indeed has one more EDSA People Power anniversary to attend next year, just months before he steps down from office.
While Aquino is already on his way out, the expletive-adorned memes and “sweet nothings” that netizens showered his way as a result of Wednesday’s epic snarl up surely didn’t help improve the President’s battered image.
It should he noted that the EDSA anniversary took place exactly a month after the bloody Mamasapano town siege, the biggest crisis of the Aquino administration yet.
Asked who was to blame for the monstrous traffic jam, Coloma noted that advisories were sent out to the public as early as two weeks ago through the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA). Still, he admitted that the process “could still be improved”.
“Napakinggan ko ‘yung paliwanag ni MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino at ayon sa kanya dalawang linggo na ang nakararaan mula noong nagpalabas ng advisory ang MMDA. Ganunpaman, kinikilala niya na pwede namang ma-improve pa ‘yon, at ayon nga sa kanya sa susunod na pagkakataon ay gagawin nila ang nararapat,” the Palace official said. (Randy K. Ortega)