how you can help noynoy aquino with his no wang wang policy
we can only admire noynoy aquino for following his own directive during his inaugural speech – no wang wang. on the second day in office, aquino arrived 40 minutes late to an event at camp aguinaldo precisely because he did not use the wang wang and he refused to use the bus lanes.
we disagree that aquino should follow what he said. we think as president of the country, we need to give him the courtesy of allowing him to use the wang wang and the bus lane to move around the city. we do not mind this, he is the president of the country, he deserves this privilege.
also, for his security he needs to be able to move through the city at the pace that he needs to. getting stuck in traffic just like what happens to us is a security and safety risk. we do not want that to happen to the president of the country.
we hope aquino will rethink this and allow himself the use of the wang wang and other courtesies deserving of being president. we will not look at him much less if he uses these.
but should aquino decide not to change his mind, let us offer him advice on how he should prepare for his meetings.
like most of us, we allot at least 1 hour of travel time from our homes to wherever we are supposed to be at any time for the day.
it really depends on where he will start his journey and where he will be going, if it is rush hour and he is coming from malacanang, he will need the following:
- 1 hour 15 minutes to makati
- 1 hour 40 minutes to camp crame
- 2 hours to the tomas morato area
- 3 hours and 30 minutes to tarlac
on any other time during the day that is not rush hour, remove 20 minutes.
i suppose president aquino will now need to wake up earlier than his usual time and leave for his appointments earlier like all of us do so that he does not arrive late for his appointments.
we admire aquino that he does not want to be treated differently and his strong desire to empathize with all of us, to experience the same things we experience on a daily basis.
this is how we do it – we wake up earlier and give time to traffic.
readers are welcome to give their own suggestions.
printed at PDI, july 5. this basically takes on our suggestion.
Aquino copes with siren ban: Wake up early
By Christian V. Esguerra
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 02:53:00 07/05/2010
MANILA, Philippines—Better late than “wangwang.”
President Benigno Aquino III will not yield to suggestions that he finally allow his escorts to use sirens (wangwang, in street lingo) and cut himself a path through Metro Manila’s traffic jams just to ensure his own safety and make it to his appointments on time.
His spokesperson, Edwin Lacierda, Sunday said Mr. Aquino had instead come up with a “remedy” to address the issue of punctuality.
“There’s a solution so he won’t be late. He will leave earlier. He will wake up earlier,” Lacierda said in Filipino at the weekly Palace forum aired over state-run Radyo ng Bayan.