By Erma Edera
Manila Mayor Isko Moreno believes President Duterte should be given a chance to solve Metro Manila’s road gridlock, but any emergency power that would be granted to him must have safeguards.
Moreno said the decision to grant emergency powers rests on Congress.
“There should be a right amount of doubt, put it in a provision so that if there are abuses, that provision should go into effect,” he said.
“But in my opinion, why don’t we give it a chance?” he said.
Moreno said Duterte, having been voted by some 16 million people, has “all the mandate” to address traffic problems plaguing the nation’s capital.
“Isn’t it that governance is about the people? Well, the people are happy with the leader, they have full trust. If he is the leader for that particular matter, ask Congress, ‘Congress, I need this, to implement this’ because that is his vision,” he said.