If you read the news, President Duterte has already raised the white flag on the emergency powers he requested since 2016.
If you are making tampo at President Duterte because you feel he has abandoned our dream of commuting around Metro Manila with less hassle from traffic, please don’t.
Thinking Pinoy said in Facebook post published today, 13, September 2019, PRRD abandoning the emergency powers request makes perfect sense.
TThinking Pinoy said, if Poe give in to public pressure and grant the emergency powers request, the best case scenario is the EPA becoming law is January 2020.
By that time, the 2020 National Budget, which is being deliberated on right now, will already be enacted into law, so that the EPA will be UNFUNDED for 2020.
For sure, the EPA will get the funding in 2021. Unfortunately, there is a national election in 2022 and a ban on spending during the election season is real.
That means, the Duterte admin can only work full blast in 2021 using the EPA (Emergency Powers Act).
One year is not enough to finish all the projects and for sure President Duterte will get the flak for ending his term with unfinished projects.
Knowing how the minds of the opposition works, for sure allegations of corruptions will fly around social media against the EPA-related projects of PRRD to pull down the admin candidates in 2022 election while earning pogi points for their candidates.
But that is water under the bridge now.
With the EPA (Emergency Powers Act) in the burner, TP reckoned, come election 2022, this will come back to haunt Grace Poe.
You may read TP’s full FB post below.
WHY DID PRRD GIVE UP ON EMERGENCY POWERS ACT VS TRAFFIC?
As we all know, the Senate Public Services Committee, chaired by Senator Grace Poe, sat on the Emergency Powers Act since 2016 (It was called the Transportation Crisis Act back then), and President Rody Duterte recently expressed his loss of enthusiasm over the bill when he instructed his people to stop pursuing the legislative measure.
It makes perfect sense to me.
Let me explain why PRRD let the Emergency Powers Act (EPA) go.
1: Assuming Poe miraculously succumbs to pressure, the best case scenario is the EPA becoming law in our around January 2020.
2: By that time, the 2020 National Budget, which is being deliberated on right now, will already be enacted into law, so that the EPA will be UNFUNDED for 2020.
3: Thus, the EPA can only be fully implemented using the 2021 National Budget.
4. Unfortunately, it will be difficult to use EPA in 2022 because the ban on spending during the election season.
In short, the Duterte Administration will only have one (1) full year (2021) to fix traffic using EPA. That, obviously, isn’t enough.
Things would’ve been different if Poe tried to find a way to pass EPA ASAP so funding can still be inserted in the proposed 2020 National Budget, giving the Duterte Administration two full years to have a shot at it (2020 + 2021).
However, it’s already mid-September and Poe’s showing no signs of yielding.
Actually, it would’ve been so much better if Poe passed it in 2016… but she didn’t.
Hence, it makes sense for PRRD to just give up on EPA because it really won’t help a lot in fixing traffic because of it’s extremely late enactment, assuming it’ll be enacted at all.
Unfortunately for Poe, this issue will be a constant reminder to voters come the 2022 elections.