Senate to rush Duterte’s emergency powers to solve traffic crisis

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FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Duterte (Cerilo Ebrano/Photoville International)

FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Duterte (Cerilo Ebrano/Photoville International)

MANILA — As the Senate sessions resume on May 2, one of the priority bills to be passed is the bill granting emergency powers to President Rodrigo Duterte.

The President will be given powers, by appointing a traffic crisis manager, that will implement other methods of procurement to fast-track the implementation of transportation projects.

Senator Grace Poe, the chairperson of the Senate Committee on Public Services said this is one of the priorities of the Palace and Congress.

She said the bill must be passed immediately to ease the struggles of commuters caused by the worsening traffic problems.

Poe added that although the senators are in favor of granting emergency powers, they will make sure that the emergency powers will not be abused.

The projects and programs under the emergency powers will also be publicized.

It can be noted that on December 14, 2016, Senator Poe sponsored at the Senate plenary, the bill granting emergency powers to the President. It has reached the period of interpellation.

In the Lower House of Congress, the bill is at the committee level.

Senator Poe urges government agencies to implement immediate solutions to the traffic problem and not wait for the bill anymore. — Joyce Balancio | UNTV News & Rescue

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