MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – He has done it before when he ordered the closure of Boracay Island for six months for rehabilitation. It worked, and he didn’t even need emergency powers to do it.
Well, President Rodrigo Duterte is doing it again. He’s seriously considering closing EDSA for six months to finally solve Metro Manila’s main thoroughfare’s unsolvable traffic problem.
”There’s really nothing to rehabilitate about EDSA,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo told The Adobo Chronicles. “The idea is to get motorists accustomed to using side streets to get to and from their destinations. Once they get used to the routine, they won’t even bother to drive on EDSA even after it reopens,” he added.
Talk about mind-conditioning!
Duterte’s move is seen by many as a mockery of the incompetence of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) in coming up with a permanent solution to the traffic problem.
It is also seen as a slap on the face for Senator Grace Poe who refuses to grant Duterte emergency powers to deal with EDSA traffic.