By Raymund Antonio
Vice President and opposition leader Leni Robredo is ready to help the government to come up with solutions on the traffic crisis in Metro Manila, her spokesperson said on Monday.
“Handa naman lagi si VP Leni tumulong, dati pa naman siya nagbibigay ng mungkahi, di lang sa isyu ng traffic kundi sa iba pang problema,” Vice presidential spokesman Barry Gutierrez said.
Gutierrez, who is also a legal adviser to Robredo, responded to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo’s statement that Robredo should give proposals to address the traffic problem instead of criticizing the administration.
On Sunday, the Vice President slammed Panelo for saying there was no mass transport crisis even after his almost four-hour commute from his home in Marikina City to Malacañang.
Panelo took public transportation to get to work to understand the daily ordeal that commuters go through upon the challenge by militant groups.
To solve the transport crisis, Robredo said the government should first admit it was a major problem.
“It is sad when a public official says there is no crisis. Because when you say that, you won’t do anything, because for you, there’s no problem,” she said in Filipino.
The vice presidential spokesman said that Panelo’s claim was an admission that the crisis exists in the country’s capital.