MMDA to regulate campaign motorcades on secondary streetsBy Jamie Marie Elona
INQUIRER.net, Radyo Inquirer 990AM
MANILA, Philippines—The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority said Tuesday that it has formed a committee which will regulate campaign motorcades on secondary street network in Metro Manila.
In an interview with Radyo Inquirer 990AM, MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino said politicians planning to stage motorcades should seek clearance from the approving body three days before the planned parade.
“Kasi sa pangkasalukuyan, ang nag a-approve ay LGUs (local government units). Eh kalimitan nakaupo ang mayor…unfair sa lumalaban, baka hindi bigyan ng permit,” Tolentino said.
(At present, motorcade permits are issued by local government units. But the problem is some incumbent mayors will most likely reject applications filed by their political opponents, and this is unfair.)
As to the 18 major roads in the metropolis, Commission on Elections Chairman Sixto Brillantes had said a resolution is being drafted to grant MMDA’s request to regulate campaign activities in major thoroughfares such as EDSA and Shaw Boulevard.
For the complete interview, listen to the attached audio clip from Radyo Inquirer 990AM.