BRAND new President Noynoy Aquino has banned sirens known in street lingo as “wang-wang” and usually used in cars of the high and mighty who want to squeeze through traffic gridlocks.

“Walang wang-wang, walang counterflow, walang tong (No more sirens, no more counterflow, no more bribes),” he said.

President Noynoy hit the ground silencing “wang-wangs.”

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Parañaque Rep. Roilo Golez said President Noynoy’s “wang-wang” ban was “probably the boldest part” of his inaugural speech because it addresses “something that is very visible and very audible.”

PNoy, like other ordinary motorists, must have also been annoyed by these blaring sirens (“Ako rin”).

It’s nothing but bold to stop those who flaunt their power and flout the law.


Leading by example, PNoy rode to his office in his own Toyota Land Cruiser with a convoy of security escorts in his first few days in office, stopping at every red light and yes, with no “wang-wang.”

That must have been a nightmare for his security detail.

Vice President Jojo Binay has this to say on PNoy’s non-use of “wang-wang,”: “Who wants the President to get stuck in traffic for hours?”


President Noynoy peppered his inaugural speech with slogans, aside from his “wang-wang” ban.

“Kayo ang boss ko.” “Kayo ang tunay kong lakas.” “A nation where it all works.” “True and complete justice for all.” “Kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap.” “Walang lamangan, walang padrino at walang pagnanakaw.”

Indeed, he also hit the ground sloganeering.


An editorial in this paper posed the question, “What if the new president fails?”

One thing is certain-–prosperity does not follow a much-applauded inaugural speech around like a faithful dog.

We must all work for it.

If slogans could make us prosperous, we would have been the most prosperous nation in the world.