Comelec to discuss regulating campaign motorcades

April 5, 2013 10:20 pm 

MANILA, April 5 – The Commission on Elections en banc will discuss the regulation of campaign motorcades that cause traffic congestion in major thoroughfares in the metropolis.

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority had requested the poll body to authorize its enforcers to assist the Comelec in “regulating the use” of major roads in the metropolis for campaign motorcades and caravans.

In a radio interview, Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said the agency has been getting complaints from motorists and commuters about the heavy traffic due to the closure of several road sections during the campaign season.

He, however, admitted that the poll body has no existing resolution on the matter.

"Ang dami naming nakukuhang reklamo and so far ang sagot namin, hindi namin nire-regulate ‘yan kasi wala ‘yan sa rules natin. It makes sense. Bakit ka mag-cause ng traffic just because you're campaigning [We've been getting a lot of complaints and so far, our answer is, we cannot regulate it because we don't have a resolution on that… It makes sense. Why would you cause traffic congestion just because you're campaigning]," he said.

On Thursday, Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes, Jr met with MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino to discuss regulating campaign motorcades.

Motorists and commuters were stuck in monstrous traffic jam near the Manila City Hall last week during the Liberal Party proclamation rally. (PNA)



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