‘How the f*ck can this suggestion ever come from a Vice President of a country?’
This is how Atty. Ahmed Paglinawan reacted to Leni Robredo’s suggestion to make public jeepneys into some kind of service contracting so as not to sacrifice the daily earnings of PUJ drivers.
Robredo was reacting to the announcement from the IATF that social distancing on public transport will be reduced from 1 meter to .75 meter and finally to .50 meter. For more details, you may check out the link here.
In fairness to Robredo, Atty. Paglinawan said something nice of one part of the VP’s statement on what to do with PUJs.
‘The only meaningful chunk of this person’s statement, talking about what to do with jeepneys, is the part which says:‘
“…may ibang mas epektibong paraan.”
Wait! Atty. Paglinawan did not stop praising Robredo. He also credited Robredo for actually giving a “solution” to a problem for the first time in her incumbency.
‘And for the very first time in her incumbency, she actually gives a “solution” to the problem. About which she says:’
“…gawin na lang sanang service contracting….”
‘Yehey! Excellent, Madame Vice President! Impressive statement,’ Atty. Paglinawan wrote.
But Atty. Paglinawan acting nice was only temporary as he changed gear and turned hostile. ‘Oh, but… wait….WHAT?’
Atty. Paglinawan asked Robredo to correct him if he got her suggestion correctly by rephrasing her statement.
‘Your solution is to take jeepneys out of being a public utility; and turn them into private independent contractors? Is that what you mean?’
If the VP answered in the affirmative, Atty. Paglinawan described the suggestion “still good”.
‘Ok, ok, that is still good. Yeah, that’s good.’
However, Atty. Pagliwanan foresee glitches if the government listens and implements Robredo’s recommendation.
‘Except that the moment you do that, jeepneys are taken out of government regulation. Which means:’
He went on to enumerate the 4 problems that may arise and explained the problem one by one.
1. The amount of diligence required of the jeepney operators and drivers in the operation of their jeepneys and in the conduct of human beings would now be lessened;
2. The safety of the riding public would now be completely in the hands of the drivers/operators who are not expected to be as extra careful as those of public utility transport;
3. Fares would now be fully within the discretion of the drivers/operators, which could rise so high and only the sky is the limit..
4. The jeepneys would now be competing with grab, angkas and such other ride hailing modes of transport.
After Atty. Paglinawan argued his case, he asked Robredo once again how her suggestion will benefit the drivers? The commuters?
‘Now, Manang, tell me again how this will help the jeepney drivers. How will this help the riding public?’
An incredulous Atty. Paglinawan could only ask that such dumb suggestion came from the Vice President of the Philippines. ‘How the fuck can this suggestion ever come from a Vice President of a country?’
Atty. Paglinawan ended the FB post by echoing Leni Robredo’s favorite word “iyong” when making statements.
‘Iyong, iyong, iyong ka dyan. Tonto.’
Source: Ahmed G Paglinawan