Duterte’s SONA: Emergency powers vs traffic, no more colorums

  • President Duterte vows to stop the operation of colorum vehicles ‘immediately’
  • Colorum vehicles are unregistered vehicles that continue to operate for public utility
  • Duterte also sought Congress for emergency powers to alleviate traffic in Metro Manila

President Rodrigo Duterte stood firm on clamping down unregistered public utility vehicles (PUVs) in Metro Manila in his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, July 25.

“Our anti-colorum campaign and out-of-line apprehension, including the removal of terminals, will be intensified. My God, it will be done. Immediately. Immediately,” Duterte said in his speech.

Earlier this month, the Land Transportation and Franchising Board (LTFRB) clamped down operators of unregistered PUVs called colorum.

These colorum vehicles are seen as one of the causes of the worsening traffic in Metro Manila – one thing Duterte promised to address during the campaign period.

In his speech, the president sought Congress to grant him emergency powers to expedite the solutions to the worsening traffic in the country’s capital.

“Many in government opine realistically, and I would have to agree, that the worsening traffic situation could be logically addressed, if Congress would also accord emergency powers to the agencies concerned,” he said.

“Nasa inyo ‘yan [That is up to you]. If you give it, fine. If you don’t, we take the longer route, slowly,” he added, quipping.

Another solution to traffic Duterte pitched during his SONA is the use of secondary routes, which also cover residential areas. This idea has also been proposed by the past administration.

“There is a need to cooperate and coordinate with LGUs to map out secondary routes and to consult various stakeholders, including the public transport operators,” he said.

Read his full speech here.


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