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Thursday, August 29, 2013
WHY is it easy for us, Filipinos, to break the law?
The answer is in the question. It is easy.
And more often than not the lawbreakers get away with it.
Just try watching (for the BTAO) the traffic lights at Robinson's Place Bacolod (RPB). If you have not noticed it yet, the left turn sign going to RPB is so fast it won't last five seconds.
And in so many instances the cars queuing for the mall get stuck as motorists from the north going south either ignore or disregard the yellow and red lights from the other side. There are always near brushes with head-on collisions from early morning to late in the evening.
As the new administration implements its new traffic program, perhaps those who violate traffic rules should be penalized accordingly. If a CCTV is still not within the budget of the city government, perhaps posting a motorized cop or traffic enforcer to monitor violators and have them stopped by those assigned at B.S. Aquino Drive and Lacson Street can be a simple solution to the problem.
At the same time, those jeepneys plying the Bata and Mandalagan route, sidestepping and swerving left to right to left through the Caltex gas station can be apprehended by authorities. The tough drivers still do their dangerous routine as no one has been ticketed or no license has been taken or confiscated.
Let us not wait for some serious road mishaps in those two areas before traffic management move into the picture.
As the saying goes "when the cat is away, the mice will play".
Don't you think we need a top dog to catch those "untouchable drivers" just like the planned weeding out of "can't-be-touched stall owners and sidewalk vendors" around the city's big markets?
If we want peace (and order in the streets and markets), those city offices and government agencies tasked to maintain the sanity of the citizenry to do something about it.
No wonder Napoles got away with the fatty pork. And her surrender has to be with no less than the office of the President of the Philippines.
Jerry got too big and Tom can't do nothing about it. The head of the family has to step in.
But the howling will continue.
Rolling the pork barrel is like a nice ride on vehicles ignoring traffic signs.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 30, 2013.