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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…

Justice for Singson?

From the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

SPEAKER FELICIANO Belmonte Jr. said the House of Representatives will initiate an “ethics investigation” into the case of Ilocos Sur Rep. Ronald Singson. Several legislators have called for the expulsion of Singson after reports surfaced that he would plead guilty to the lesser offense of drug possession before a court in Hong Kong, where police have lodged the graver charge of drug trafficking.

Reports have it that Singson would be facing a charge of “disorderly behavior,” which Belmonte says could be meted out the maximum penalty of expulsion. Right off, accusing Singson of “disorderly behavior” seems rather underwhelming. “Disorderly behavior” would cover, say, a member of Congress slapping the House sergeant-at-arms at the height of an impeachment vote; or a Muslim member of Congress slapping a waiter over the alleged offense of serving pancit cooked with pork. (Neither of these cases, by the way, merited either an investigation or a reprimand.)

But even the mere possession of cocaine, smuggled into Hong Kong after Singson was escorted through the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and evaded basic security scrutiny, is already a huge black mark against the Philippines, never mind Filipino lawmakers. To think that Filipinos were already suffering a bad rep due to the botched Luneta hostage rescue. Maybe the people of Hong Kong (if not China) are convinced we’re such f—k-ups because even our “respectable” officials are perpetually high on drugs!

Full article here.

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