We'll be honest: We were among those who were absolutely convinced that public-utility buses were the main cause of traffic congestion in Metro Manila, particularly EDSA. But then, after learning of the Highway Patrol Group chief's pronouncement--that private cars are instead to blame for the daily gridlock we encounter--we admit we were willing to believe it.
After all, it's hard to argue with what PNP-HPG director Chief Supt. Arnold Gunnacao said--that private motorists are undisciplined, constantly changing lanes just to get ahead of others. It does make sense, if you think about it.
And then a guy named Jared Ang sent us a photo of the real situation.
"In response to the HPG chief's comment that buses are not the cause of traffic on EDSA, I beg to differ," Ang told us.
We asked him if he had taken this photo himself. He said yes, and that this image wasn't edited. He captured this on August 8, at 10:50am, from the MRT station near Shaw Boulevard.
Granted, the picture was taken at a time when the HPG had not yet taken over traffic management on EDSA, but Ang swore that this is still the case every day up to now. He knows this because he regularly uses the MRT station bridge to cross EDSA.
"It's still like that," he assured us. "Nothing has changed. The problem is still the same."
Okay. Take a good look at the photo. And then tell us whom you'd rather believe: the HPG boss or a regular road-user?
Photo from Jared Ang