Senator Grace Poe on Wednesday, urged President Duterte to certify as urgent the proposed grant of emergency powers to him to lastly deal with the perennial traffic drawback.
“Hindi naman ako ‘yung problema ‘dun. Matagal ko ng sinabi sa kanya (Duterte) ‘yan. Mahilig nga yang manloko sa akin,pag sinabi ‘Ma’am Grace, ‘yung EDSA di ba?’ Sabi ko ‘yun na nga ang problema ko, sana nga mas mabilis nga, sabihin nya ‘dun sa mga kaalyado namin sa Senado na unahin na ninyo ‘yan para si (Transportation) Sec. (Arthur) Tugade ay mas mabilis ang kilos,” she stated.
Poe denied that her committee on public providers sat on the proposed Traffic and Congestion Crisis Act.
She stated that she has been attempting to steer its passage within the higher chamber and that the invoice was already on the interval of interpellation stage.
“Ako po ay humihingi ng pasensya. Ginagawa ko po ang ating makakaya talaga sa Senado pero ‘yun ang problema sa lehislatura. Kami po ay gumagawa ng batas. Sana ang Ehekutibo, na sila ang magpapairal ng mas mabilis, ay kumilos na rin,” she stated.
The proposed emergency powers invoice have been listed as precedence payments within the Senate and the House of Representatives for approval earlier than they go on recess in October.
Poe known as on Malacanang to make clear its place if it was nonetheless within the passage of the proposed measure, Senate invoice No. 1284.
“Kasi yung sinasabi po niyang problema, ako ay nakikisimpatya, hindi lamang sa nagiging problema ng Pangulo sa paglutas ng traffic kung hindi lalung-lalo na yung ating mga kababayan na matagal na rin, pareho nating adbokasiya ito,” stated Poe in a radio interview.
Poe stated she would ask the Senate management, particularly Majority Leader Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, to front-load the emergency powers measure now up for interpellations and pending second studying. Poe earlier stated she wished debates on the measure ended final March however there have been a quantity of senators who wished to interpellate.
“We hope to resume deliberations on the bill and as sponsor, I want this bill passed before the year ends. However, after the period of interpellations, the bill will still have to undergo amendments. I think the emergency powers bill is still considered a priority in the Senate but the question is—how is it doing in the House of Representatives?” she stated.