Challenge accepted! Bayan’s Renato Reyes Jr. says “YES” to Palace Spokes Sal Panelo’s commute challenge to leftist leader

Bayan’s Renato Reyes Jr has announced on Facebook his acceptance to Malacanang Spokesman Sal Panelo’s commute challenge on Friday.

Reyes said on Facebook he is looking forward to Friday’s commute challenge with Panelo.

Said he hoped that Panelo will commute without the perks that comes with government officials like hawi boys, bodyguards and most importantly, no special treatment. And lastly, no waiting cars like the rest of the suffering commuters.

Reyes remarked that since he has the undivided attention of Malacanang, he would like to take the opportunity to talk to him the various problems hounding the mass transport system. Of course, Reyes wants to relay what the believed are long-terms solutions to the worsening crisis of mass transport.

Reyes said the point of commute challenge was not merely to prove that it can done (commuting). The point was to get top officials like Panelo to understand the sufferings of the commuters just to get to their destinations. In addition, the commute challenge is to make Malacanang come up with short and long-term relief measures.

And lastly, Reyes said he understand that there is no magic bullet or quick fix. The solution, Reyes said, must start with a general policy on mass transport that is not subject to changing political climates and business interests during 6-year cycles.

BTW, isn’t the Duterte admin building more MRT’s and LRT’s to address the issue on top of the planned subway system?

You may read original article below.

Challenge accepted.Let’s make it worthwhile.

No hawi boys. No bodyguards. No special treatment. No waiting cars. During rush hour, like the rest of the suffering commuters. This is our response to Sal Panelo, taking on the commute challenge.

Now that we have Malacanang’s undivided attention, I would like to use the commute time with Panelo to take up with him the problems of the mass transport system. The waiting time at the LRT may be long so perhaps we can use that productively by discussing long-term solutions to the worsening crisis of mass transport. I’m very much interested in exchanging views with the Palace official during our time together on the jeep and the train.

The point of the commute challenge was not to simply prove that it can be done (commuting). The point was to get top officials to truly understand what commuters go through and to come up with long-term solutions and short-term relief measures.

Commuters want the problem fixed but there is no magic bullet or quick fix . What we have is the result of the accumulated problems of the past three decades. It will require more than remedial measures. The solution must start with a general policy on mass transport that is not subject to changing political climates and business interests during 6-year cycles.

Pag-usapan natin sa byahe. See you Friday, Sal. ###

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