Is There or Isn't There a Transport Crisis?
So Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo finally deigned to join the common folk for the rush-hour commute morning of October 11—and after a grueling travel that nearly took four hours, still stood by his claim that there is no transport crisis. "Mayroong traffic crisis pero hindi transportation crisis. Kasi when you say transportation crisis [ibig sabihin] wala ka ng (sic) sinasakyan, paralyzed ang buong traffic,” he explained, as quoted in a report by ABS CBN News.
Both the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority traffic czar Bong Nebrija and the Department of Transportation secretary Arthur Tugade have refused to call it a "transport crisis," in the same vein as Panelo.
"It is not yet in that level na sabihin nating transport crisis just because nag-bog down 'yong LRT-2 and then lumabas na po 'yong issues na ‘yan," said Nebrija in a report by the Philippine Star. Tugade was also quoted as saying, "Kagaya ng niliwanag ko, mayroong transport problem, mayroong transport issues—that is given, pero ina-address siya. Komo ba may transport problem, may transport issue, you know, meron nang transport crisis?”
For Vice President Leni Robredo, the crisis cannot be solved if officials continue to deny its existence. "Kasi kapag sinabi mong walang krisis, wala ka talagang gagawin, kasi para sa’yo walang problema," said Robredo on October 13, in a report by GMA News Online. "Kasi kung ‘di mo aaminin, walang sense of urgency,” added the vice president.
Semantics aside, one thing's for sure: moving around in Metro Manila has reached new levels. Whatever you want to call it, it's clear people are tired.
This story originally appeared on Spot.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.