Stuck in traffic, SC spox blasts Erap, Isko, MMDA
MANILA – Supreme Court Spokesperson Theodore Te criticized the city government of Manila and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) for what he believes is a traffic mismanagement during the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) medical mission in Manila today.
Te vented his frustrations in his Twitter account after he got stuck in traffic and arrived late for work.
"3 hours to reach work. And to think I took the advisories seriously, left early and even planned my route," he tweeted.
"The voluble turn mute. I'm still waiting for an explanation from Estrada, Moreno, Roxas, and Tolentino. Pls include a LOGICAL reason."
Te said the alternate routes provided by the MMDA ahead of today's event were useless as they were also occupied by the chartered buses and jeeps which carried members of INC, which he labeled as a "favored sect."
"It makes no sense to give a route as an alternate when you allow the sect to also use the same route. E.g., Espana to Lacson," he said.
"@MMDA should learn from this ongoing madness. Divert THEM not us to the long and wide routes, don't allow buses and just fill them in jeeps," he added.
Te was particularly irritated by the jeeps and buses which made main thoroughfares such as España Boulevard as parking lots.
"Espana and peripheral roads are being used as a parking area. Maybe the traffic czar of Manila ought to come and see for himself. @mmda," Te said, referring to Vice Mayor Isko Moreno.
The SC spokesperson also said today's gathering may already be considered as a public assembly.
Thus, he asked, "May permit ba to? Isn't this a public assembly in non freedom parks? See BP 880."
The INC also did not escape the prying eyes of Te, who noticed that "the tarps attached to the jeeps and buses mention the name of the sect and a private foundation. Real parties in interest."
The INC, which is being courted by election candidates for their bloc voting practice, said it was expecting over 2 million participants in today's activities.
It already denied that its activities today were politically motivated and a "show of force" to remind the government of its influence in Philippine politics.
Because of the traffic, work in the Supreme Court as well as in the Court of Appeals, Court of Tax Appeals, Sandiganbayan and courts in Manila and Quezon City are suspended effective 1:30 p.m. today.