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3 Cost Effective Ways to Solve Metro Manila's Traffic Problem

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The Facebook page of ANC 24/7 is asking for its reader's suggestion on how to solve Metro Manila's traffic problem.


This got me thinking, "what is the best way to solve Metro Manila's traffic problem?" It's easy to make suggestions, what's hard is the implementation and the cost of implementation. So what is the the best way to solve Metro Manila's traffic problem and the most cost effective solution?

Punitive Fines
First of all, any implementation will definitely cost money, a lot of money. The cause of the traffic mess is the people themselves so it's only right that those causing the traffic problem should be fined and the fine should hurt. That way, the fines will pay for the cost of enforcing the law.
The fines should start at P500 and goes up every week if you don't pay it within 15 days. To enforce this and prevent people from ignoring the fine. It will be tied to their driver's license or car registration. They cannot renew their d…

TIMELINE: Vizconde Massacre

From the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

MANILA, Philippines—Below are some of the highlights of a murder case that has gripped the nation for nearly two decades:

June 30, 1991. A mother and her two daughters are found dead in their own home. Estrellita Vizconde, 47, had 13 stab wounds; 18-year-old Carmela had 17 wounds and was raped before she was killed; 7-year-old Jennifer had 19 wounds.

June 1995. Jessica Alfaro, a confessed drug addict, who claims to have witnessed the massacre, testifies in court.

August 1995. Based on Alfaro’s account, the justice department finds probable cause and files rape and murder charges against Hubert Webb, Antonio “Tony Boy” Lejano, Michael Gatchalian, Miguel Rodriguez, Peter Estrada, and Pyke Fernandez in the Parañaque Regional Trial Court.

Two other suspects, Joey Filart and Dong Ventura, remain at large to this day.

1997. Parañaque RTC Judge Amelita Tolentino turns down Webb’s request for DNA testing to see if the DNA in the recovered semen samples from Carmela would match his.

Jan. 6, 2000. Judge Tolentino finds Webb and the other accused guilty. The accused are sentenced to life imprisonment and ordered to pay Lauro Vizconde, father of Carmela and Jennifer, more than P3 million in damages and legal fees.

Police investigator Gerardo Biong, accused of destroying evidence, is convicted as an accessory to the crime. He is sentenced up to 12 years in prison.

The accused are transferred to the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City.

Full timeline at the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

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