Albay solon blames Pokemon Go for Metro Manila traffic

  • Albay Representative Joey Salceda said players of Pokemon Go causes more traffic than provincial buses
  • He denounces the agreement of Metro Manila mayors on removing terminals of provincial buses in the cities
  • He calls the agreement anti-poor as many opt to take the bus going to Manila than ride the plane because it is much cheaper

A lawmaker said that private vehicles ridden by players of Pokemon Go causes much more traffic than the influx of provincial buses.

Former Albay governor and now 2nd District Representative Joey Salceda has denounced the agreement of Metro Manila mayors to move the provincial bus terminals farther from the region, blaming the traffic to Pokemon Go users.

“Pokemon-playing in private cars pose more threat of aggravation to Metro Manila traffic than provincial buses. ‘Dahan-dahan, may Pikachu dito. Itabi mo sandali, may Lures dito’ (Slow it down there is a Pikachu here. Stop here, there are lures here),” Salceda said in a statement released Tuesday, August 16.

“If you are rich enough to maintain a private car, you must be rich enough to yourself and your kids an Android, iPad or iPhone. Multiply that by the 2.5 million cars in Metro Manila,” he pressed.

Salceda also emphasized that there are only 3,300 provincial buses coming in to Manila with 1,500 which are from the Bicol region where Albay is located. This number, he said, is incomparable to the 2.5 million cars that congest Metro Manila traffic.

Given the agreement set by Metro Manila authorities, Salceda said the volume of vehicles needed to transport people in and out of the capital will grow by 10 times.

“While each bus can carry 50, each car carries 5. So, theoretically, you are exchanging 3,300 buses for 30,000 more cars in EDSA,” he said.

He also called the decision an anti-poor move since many Filipinos opt to take the bus. For those living in Bicol, for example, only pay P450 to 750 compared to plane fares, which can go up as low as P3,000.

Provincial passengers also carry with them heavy baggage when they come in to the capital. This also hampers local tourism, he added.