Sen. Grace Poe’s 20-point platform, includes ending heavy traffic, comes back to haunt her amid word war vs. DOTr Sec. Art Tugade

Did you know that when Sen. Grace Poe ran for President in the 2016 Presidential election, she released a 20-point platform which was published in Rappler (Feb. 7, 2016 at 10am)?

Yes, that’s true! In the said 20-point platform, Poe promised “to end heavy traffic”, specifically the infamous EDSA traffic and build more trains in the country.

Poe never get the chance to implement her 20-point platform after she was soundly beaten by Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in the 2016 presidential election.

So when the word war erupted between her and DOTr Sec. Art Tugade, lawyer Bruce Rivera, a staunch Duterte supporter dug up her 20-point platform and slapped it to the face of Grace Poe.

Rivera reminded Poe what she promised in 2016 that she would end heavy traffic, build more trains all over the country, ensure timely completion of all roadworks and fire contractors who do not finish on time.

Then here comes the Duterte admin and Art Tugade wanting to execute Grace Poe’s’ 20-point platform but to do that, the Duterte admin requested for emergency powers to make sure the road and rail infrastructure are finished on time and not be hassled by restraining orders and other delaying tactics?

However, Grace Poe told the Duterte admin, you don’t need emergency powers to do that.

Rivera remarked that if Poe believed emergency powers isn’t necessary, she should at least tell the Filipino people what she thinks should be the solution.

But Rivera thinks Poe is just playing bullshit politics because had she won in 2016, she would need emergency powers to fulfill her promise. Or Rivera guess, she did not know what it will take to fulfill this promise.

Rivera chided Poe to listen, not interrupt or cut short Tugade’s responses to her inquiry, “So, if the DOTr tells you a plan, the least you can do is listen to it. After all, these are individuals who are appointed because they have the requisite training or expertise in transportation. If you chose not to listen, then perhaps you have a solution or a better suggestion.”

You may read the original article of Atty. Bruce Rivera below now.

WHAT IS SEN. POE’S SOLUTION TO TRAFFIC IN 2016 ELECTION CAMPAIGN

During the 2016 Presidential Campaign, Sen. Grace Poe released her 20 point platform which was published in Rappler (Feb. 7, 2016 at 10am).

In her agenda, she promised to end heavy traffic. My question, when she lost, did the promise end as well? Thus, she has no obligation to end heavy traffic or should it be a continuing promise as a public servant. So at least, if she is in the opinion that emergency powers to the President is not necessary, she should at least tell the Filipino people what she thinks should be the solution.

But wait, Sen. Poe said that she will ensure the timely completion of all roadworks and fire contractors who do not finish on time. Is it not one of the reasons for the emergency powers asked by the President was to make sure the road and rail infrastructure are finished on time and not be hassled by restraining orders and other delaying tactics? Clearly, to fulfill this promise fully, you would have needed emergency powers had you been elected President. Or I guess, you did not know what it will take to fulfill this promise.

Sen. Poe also promised to build more roads and rail roads in Metro Manila and the rest of the country. And I ask the question again? Is it not the reason given by Sec. Tugade the very answer to your campaign promise? The purpose of the emergency powers is to make sure that road and rail projects are finished within this administration or before 2022 by avoiding multiple costly litigations which is more costly to the taxpayers. Poe argues that emergency powers is not needed to fulfill this mandate. Of course, it can be done but not before 2022. And we need the roads and railways now. Not in 2029, if we will allow the usual procedure to dictate it. The MRT extension to Cavite has been planned during the GMA administration and since many of the past administrations follow your tepid line of thinking, this project is stymied by right of way issues and the project is unfinished and costing more. The right to take property for the common good is an inherent right of the state. Trains and public transport are vital to our economy. Your duty as Senator is to put that mandate of state welfare to priority action and not protect the apprehensions of a few. Let the courts worry that.

So, if the DOTr tells you a plan, the least you can do is listen to it. After all, these are individuals who are appointed because they have the requisite training or expertise in transportation. If you chose not to listen, then perhaps you have a solution or a better suggestion. And the Filipino people will listen to you because you are Senator even if your only episode with actual metro Manila public transport was a train ride in the MRT. Sadly, there is no suggestion from you. Ah yes, more walkways (which was not in your 2016 campaign platform).

Lastly, Sen. Poe calls on Secretary Tugade to resign. For what? Underperforming? Sec. Tugade never made election promises so there is no standard by which Poe should base it on. In fact, the DOTr under Tugade has managed to fulfill all her campaign promises and more. I suggest Sen. Poe look at the achievements of the DOTr and look at her 20 point agenda in the 2016 Elections. Sen. Poe may have forgotten the fact that when someone runs for President midterm and make promises, as a matter of principle, she has the moral obligation to fulfill those she can do as legislator. So let us see….

Freedom of information was promised. Something she promised she would do as President when she would have done it as Senator.

Question, Maam. Did you file a bill on the FOI? If not, you have no moral compass to call for the resignation of someone you call underperforming when you have broken promises to the people. Sounds hypocritical.

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Source: Bruce Rivera

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  1. Torpedo September 17, 2019

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