Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday lamented how some public officials seemed to be in denial over Metro Manila's mass transportation crisis, underscoring that acceptance of the problem was needed to have a sense of urgency over solving it.
“Kasi kapag sinabi mong walang krisis, wala ka talagang gagawin, kasi para sa’yo walang problema. ‘Yung satin, ‘yung pinakaunang paraan para may gawin ay ‘yung pagtanggap na talagang malaki ‘yung problema. Kasi kung ‘di mo aaminin, walang sense of urgency,” Robredo said on her radio program.
Robredo’s comment comes on the heels of Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo’s nearly four-hour “commute challenge” from Marikina to Malacañang on Friday, after which he insisted that there was no mass transportation crisis in the country.
“Mabuti si Secretary Panelo once niya lang naramdaman [mag-commute], pero ‘yung mga kababayan natin araw-araw ‘yung pakikibaka,” the vice president said.
She added that it would not be newsworthy if she commutes because she takes public transportation frequently.
Robredo said the solution to the country’s traffic woes was the improvement of the mass transportation system.
“Tingin natin kapag naayos sana iyong mass transport system, kahit ‘yung mga nagdadala ng sasakyan, ma-e-engganyo nang sumakay, e. Hindi kasi na-e-engganyong sumakay dahil nga hindi maayos. Every day nakikita natin ‘yung tindi ng pila,” she said. — Julia Mari Ornedo/DVM, GMA News