Politicians have demonstrated a disturbing sense of power and privilege over the years. Take, for example, influential politicians like Senator Bong Revilla Jr. and Vice President Sara Duterte, who have been accused of violating traffic laws. Despite published news stories exposing these officials, the MMDA and PNP have turned a blind eye to their violations.
On October 5th, VP Sara Duterte’s convoy allegedly caused a major traffic jam after blocking a section of Commonwealth Avenue, inconveniencing countless commuters. Although the Vice President denied the allegations, this incident highlights the lack of accountability among certain politicians. Similarly, Senator Bong Revilla Jr. was recently accused of using the EDSA Busway, which is intended for Public Utility Vehicles (PUVs), despite the MMDA claiming to have seen him in his car.
It is worth noting that senators and members of the House of Representatives are granted parliamentary immunity under Article IV, Section 11 of the Constitution and cannot be arrested while Congress is in session. However, in 2017, the then-Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III and the then-Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon emphasized that lawmakers could still be held liable for traffic violations despite their immunity.
It is no secret that bribery is often the key to getting away with traffic violations. However, it is unacceptable to witness our elected officials breaking the very laws they are supposed to uphold. The suffering inflicted on the general public by daily traffic becomes insignificant compared to the convenience enjoyed by politicians.
To the youth, what are your thoughts on this issue? Which generation of leaders will truly practice what they preach? If you gain power or privilege in the future, the real challenge will be whether you choose to break the law and change your narrative or uphold the law and set a good example for others to follow.
Daryl B. – Concerned citizen of Hagonoy, Bulacan
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