The Commuters Safety and Protection (LCSP) urges the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to issue guidelines for politicians planning to have a motorcade as part of their campaign.
Atty. Ariel Inton, president of the LCSP, fears that political motorcades will worsen the heavy traffic being experienced by motorists regularly.
“Kapag nag-motorcade sa traffic, imbis na makakuha ka ng boto, makakakuha ka ng pagmumura mula sa mga motorista na naabala mo,” Inton said during an exclusive interview with DZRH.
According to Inton, the MMDA and the COMELEC can prohibit political motorcades or regulate the place, time, and the number of vehicles for such events.
He also asked the two agencies to prevent the use of government vehicles in such motorcades, and to enforce the number coding scheme in the said activities.
“Kung sakaling ipag-bawal iyan ng MMDA at COMELEC ay mainam. Pero to strike a dynamic balance, regulation ng motorcade ang importante ngayon,” Inton said.
“Sa buong Metro Manila, ilan ang tumatakbong mayor, vice-mayor, at konsehal? Kapag nag-motorcade ang lahat niyan, ilang sasakyan ang dinadagdag natin sa lansangan,” Inton explained.
Based on the election calendar released by COMELEC, the campaign period will start on Tuesday, Feb. 12, for senators and party-list groups, and on March 30 for members of the House of Representatives and regional, provincial, city, and municipal officials.