The ANC Brief: Mobility for the mob


Posted at Jun 03 2020 05:00 AM

The quarantine period could’ve been a good opportunity to overhaul Metro Manila’s transport system. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:

Public commute
Droves of commuters are still struggling to get to their workplaces, which may be proof transport officials didn’t think through properly the return of the work force during GCQ. Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade said some inconveniences were expected and that commuter woes were temporary. Sen. Nancy Binay dared government officials to take public transport at this time.

Aborted abrogation
The Philippines has suspended termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement with the United States. In a diplomatic note to the US Ambassador, the Foreign Affairs department cited “political and other developments in the region.” The country's top diplomat Teodoro Locsin Jr. said the suspension was made upon the instructions of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Terror bill
PBA party-list Rep. Jericho Nograles defended the anti-terror bill, saying it was not anti-activism. Militant groups have been criticizing the new law. Nograles also claimed countries might delay the release of OFW remittances.

Fast internet
Sen. Lito Lapid is pushing for a probe into the status of our internet connectivity as the “new normal” will exert demands on faster internet speeds. In the same light, Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian wants law enforcement to beef up measures against cybercrimes.

Pedal forward
More and more people are turning to cycling to get around during the GCQ. ANCX lists ways to ensure that this “active transport” will be a permanent, more dominant fixture on our streets.