Not 'forever': Tugade appeals for Duterte emergency powers to curb hellish traffic
(Had the emergency powers been given before, we would have been at the review stage now.)
Tugade allayed concerns that the emergency powers would be prone to abuse.
Neither are the emergency powers also absolute, he added.
Tugade said granting the emergency powers for Duterte would allow him to avoid the “long process of legislation” in coming up with durable solutions to traffic.
Under Tolentino's measure, the transportation secretary will serve as the country's traffic crisis czar, who will follow Duterte's orders.
Under the proposal, the czar may also enter into direct contracting and alternative modes of procurement for priority infrastructure projects. It also suspends the protest mechanism provided under the procurement law.
The bill also states that only the Supreme Court can issue halt orders on the acquisition of sites for infrastructure projects, execution of transportation projects, opening of private village gates, and termination of any transportation project.Read more: ABS-CBN News
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