DOTC Secretary agrees metro traffic could be fatal

Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Secretary Joseph Emilio Aguinaldo Abaya kind of agreed that traffic in Metro Manila could be fatal.

DOTC Secretary Abaya

Sometime in August, he was widely criticized for saying that traffic in the metropolis was "not fatal". He said, it maybe ruining one's day for quite a huge sum of money but at least it's not fatal.


"Hindi naman siguro fatal iyan," he said during an interview with ABS-CBN’s TV Patrol.

After having been slammed, mostly by the netizens, Sec. Abaya asked for apologies for the said quick remarks.
I am aware that what I said has only added to the frustration and the suffering of the public. I am profoundly sorry for this.
In a follow up statement with Inquirer, Abaya conceded that the country's traffic situation could be fatal.

When asked if he is affected by what had transpired out of his traffic related comment, Abaya said:
As a public servant, you should be sensitive to the people pero huwag ka naman onion skin.
"Kung madali kang manghina ang loob then public service is not for you, otherwise dapat tumiklop ka. Ako ang misyon ko talaga, ayusin ang transportation system. I could be criticized, I take things constructively, hindi naman ako pikon," he added.

Regarding his "fatal" statement, Abaya said, he is now being careful.
Oo nga, kaya nag iingat na ako ngayon
Public servants should not be easily disheartened

"I am only human, I want to express as honestly as I can but again as a public servant, you must not be disheartened, you must be fair for the game, it should not distract me on my mission serving the people so ganoon lang talaga (that’s how it is)," he told reporters.

His final thoughts on traffic
I believe more on the historical angle of  ‘Heneral Luna’s’ life.. No, I agree it could be fatal.
READ: PNP HPG claims travel time on EDSA was cut by 10 minutes

Source: Inquirer

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