The ordinary Pinoy motorist's days of exasperation while stuck in traffic as some high-ranking government official cruises by in his police-escorted sport-utility vehicle may soon be over.
President Benigno Aquino III pledged fairness and justice even on the use of highways during his inaugural speech.
“Walang wang-wang, walang counterflow, walang tong. Panahon na upang tayo ay muling magkawang-gawa (No more sirens, no more short cuts, no more bribes. It is time for us to work together once more),” Aquino said.
Government officials allowed by law to use sirens and blinkers while on the road are the President, Vice President, Senate President, Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Chief Justice.
Other high-ranking officials are also given escorts for the purpose of courtesy and security, according to Top Gear Philippines off-road editor Atty. Robby Consunji.
This privilege, however, is often abused and it is highly probable that not a single Filipino motorist said “no” when Aquino asked, “Kayo ba ay nagtiis na sa trapiko para lamang masingitan ng isang naghahari-hariang de-wangwang sa kalsada? (Have you had to endure being rudely shoved aside by the siren-blaring escorts of those who love to display their position and power over you?)” in his speech.