House to use oversight function in traffic, drops emergency powers for Duterte

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The House of Representatives will utilize its oversight powers to eliminate time-consuming traffic in the metro, and to strike out President Duterte’s proposed emergency powers, Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said Monday.

“We will push for mass transportation and we will not only pass legislation; if needed, we will use our oversight powers. There’s no reason that right of way should be a problem,” Cayetano said.

The House can reach out to cities and municipalities in order to discuss the possible delays in the construction of Metro Manila subway, he explained.

“Not anymore,” Cayetano said when asked if the House will still push for the President’s emergency powers.

“The President said he doesn’t want it anymore and you cannot attack a crisis with emergency powers when you’re in the middle of it already,” insisted the House Speaker.

On the other hand, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade recently said that Emergency powers are used to speed up the procurement process and resolve right of way issues.

Furthermore, Duterte still wants to have an emergency powers but will not beg for it after lawmakers “insinuated that there may be some abuse of power,” Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said.