Sarmiento: No emergency powers for Duterte in proposed Traffic Crisis Act


Catanduanes lone district Rep. Cesar Sarmiento clarified that President Rodrigo Duterte won’t be receiving any “emergency powers” under the proposed Traffic Crisis Act.

This, after the proposed statute hurdled Sarmiento’s own House Transportation Committee Wednesday, January 18.

“Walang emergency powers dito. This contains strategies and reforms and some amendments to existing laws na sa tingin namin will help solve the problem of traffic,” the Bicolano solon told House reporters.

He said that among the salient points of the Act is the designation of a “traffic chief”.

“The number one personality in this Act is the traffic chief. Sinong appropriate na maging traffic chief? Ang Department of Transportation (DOTr) kasi hawak niya LTO, LTFRB.”

Incidentally, it was the DOTr that pushed for Congress for the granting of special authority or emergency powers to Duterte after the Chief Executive claimed last year that the Philippines had a “traffic crisis”.

But solons had been dissatisfied with the DOTr’s setting of parameters for such emergency powers, prompting them to go with their own solution. Thus, the creation of the Traffic Crisis Act.

“Precisely this bill is intended to address, mitigate [the traffic problem],” Sarmiento said.