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Poe doubts emergency powers would’ve improved DOTr’s work: Dalian trains nga 3 taon nang nakatengga!

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Senator Grace Poe expressed doubt Tuesday (September 10) that the Department of Transportation (DOTr) would have been able to solve Metro Manila’s worsening traffic problem if Congress granted its request for emergency powers.

During the hearing of the Senate public services committee, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade appeared to take a swipe at Poe by saying the administration could have done a lot of things by now if its request for emergency powers were granted.

“Kung napagbigyan lang sana ang emergency powers noon, dapat ngayon nirerepaso na natin ‘yung mga ginawa. Kami ay umaasa na ngayon ay mabigyang pansin ang emergency power na aming hinihingi,” he said.

Poe, however, said the DOTr could’ve implemented several solutions to the traffic problem even without emergency powers.

She then asked DOTr Undersecretary Timothy John Batan about the status of the Dalian trains made in China, which had been unused since they were purchased during the Aquino administration.

Of the 48 Dalian trains, Batan admitted none of them are operational yet.

Poe said the DOTr should not blame the absence of emergency powers for its failure to solve the traffic mess.

“‘Wag po nating sisihin na dahil walang emergency powers ay di natin nagawa ang dapat nating gawin. Sapagkat dito lamang sa train na ito na hindi kinailangan ang emergency powers ay ni isa dun sa Dalian train na napakahirap na gawing tugma sa ating train system ay ipinilit pa rin. Kaya hanggang ngayon. 3 years after from the last administration hindi pa rin gumagana ’yan,” she said.

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