Road-clearing a herculean fight vs corruption, says lawmaker | The Manila Times

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Road-clearing a herculean fight vs corruption, says lawmaker
August 19, 2019

THE Duterte administration’s goal to solve Metro Manila’s traffic woes would be almost impossible if authorities continue resorting to bribery, Buhay party-list Rep. Jose “Lito” Atienza said Sunday.

“This is why we consider President Rodrigo Duterte’s road and sidewalk-clearing push as a herculean fight against corruption. This is the State flexing its muscles and using its police powers to reclaim and give back to the people all the roads and sidewalks that rightfully belong to them,” Atienza said in a statement.

Atienza described the State’s police powers as “the ability of Malacañang down to local government officials to compel obedience to laws, and to regulate behavior and enforce order for the improvement of public welfare.”

The lawmaker added that corruption is rampant in the illegal use of roads and sidewalks as public transport terminals, parking spaces and vending areas. The fact that local officials, law enforcers and barangay (village) officials have done nothing suggests collusion with these illegal operators.

On July 29, Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año, acting on the directives of Malacañang, ordered all local government officials to clear all roads and sidewalks in their jurisdiction within 60 days, under the pain of swift administrative suspension.

“As we’ve been pointing out repeatedly, the government does not really need emergency powers to fix road congestion. It has ample police powers to remove all unwanted road obstructions,” Atienza said.

The former Manila mayor instead urged Malacañang to issue an executive order that will deal with road excavations left unfinished by public works contractors and private firms supplying utilities and telecommunications services.

“We need highly disciplined road diggings, considering that there could be up 2 million of them nationwide every year, including those done by utility companies,” Atienza said.

“Road excavation permit applicants should be billed rising hourly fees, so they will be coerced to complete their work without delay,” he added.

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