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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…

Requiem for ‘delicadeza’

From the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

IT IS a testament to the resilience of feudal politics that Ilocos Sur Governor Luis “Chavit” Singson has defended shamelessly his son, Representative Ronald Singson, over calls for the latter’s expulsion from the House of Representatives in connection with the drug charges he is facing in Hong Kong. The congressman was arrested by customs officers at Hong Kong’s international airport in July and later charged with carrying a vial of cocaine weighing about 26 grams in his hand luggage. In an instance of non sequitur and a betrayal of his ignorance about the legislative system despite having been a member of the House of Representatives himself, the governor challenged his son’s detractors to expel first fugitive Senator Panfilo Lacson, who’s outside the jurisdiction of the House.

The statement shows that Chavit Singson will do everything to deflect the blows against his son. To some, this is but a touching paternal gesture, but to most, it is nothing but political highhandedness, an indication of how delicadeza or sense of propriety has disappeared from the vocabulary and from the consciousness, of Filipino politicians.

The governor said calls for his son’s resignation or expulsion are premature since the Hong Kong court has not rendered yet a verdict. He said his son would not plead guilty to drug trafficking but to the “lesser” offense of cocaine possession. To Chavit Singson apparently, the guilty plea is not enough reason for his son to be ousted or to resign from his post. If this is not the height of insensitivity, we don’t know what is. Earlier, the congressman’s lawyers told a Hong Kong court on December 31 that he would admit to drug trafficking when the hearing resumes on January 26.


As they used to say in the Philippines in the old days. "Wala ka bang delicadeza?"

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