Lim pushes pedicab project; Estrada camp sees vote-buying

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“KULIGLIG” BRIGADE They compete for road space to the chagrin of many motorists, but pedicabs are apparently here to stay, especially in Manila where they are even given to residents under a livelihood program of the city government. INQUIRER PHOTO

Manila’s congested streets could apparently use scores of additional pedicabs despite complaints from motorists.

Reelectionist Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim on Friday started distributing pedicabs to residents under the city government’s Boundary-Hulog Program, a livelihood initiative launched last year that allows beneficiaries to pay for the vehicles in small daily installments.

In a program that saw him releasing a batch of 40 units in District 5, Lim explained that his decision to allow pedicabs—as well as sidewalk vendors—in the city was driven by “humanitarian reasons” and acknowledged that it was being used against him by his political rivals.

Indeed, the camp of former President Joseph Estrada, Lim’s lone challenger in next month’s elections, questioned the latter’s timing.

“It’s vote-buying, nothing more, nothing less, because it’s being done during the campaign period, even if the project was launched last year,” said Isko Moreno, the incumbent vice mayor and Estrada’s running mate.

“The Commission on Elections should motu propio (on its own) disqualify Lim if he’s caught in the act. Otherwise, we can file the necessary case in court to have him disqualified,” Moreno added.

At Friday’s turnover program at San Andres Sports Complex, Lim said the program was started last year but the background checking for qualified recipients was finished only last month.

He said he could silence his critics if the Boundary-Hulog beneficiaries would strictly follow traffic regulations.

“If all of you would just follow the rules, then my political rivals would have nothing to say against me,” he told the gathering in Filipino.

The proliferation of pedicabs or kuliglig not only in Manila but in other cities in the capital has long been drawing complaints from motorists, especially those using narrow inner streets.

But these cheap foot-powered transport are usually most useful to commuters taking short trips and during flash floods when streets are rendered impassable to regular vehicles.

On Wednesday, the Manila city government also awarded 34 pedicab units to qualified residents in the Tondo area. A total of 240 pedicabs will be distributed in Manila’s six districts.

Under the program, the recipient will pay P100 a day to the city government for four months or until he acquires full ownership. The money collected will then be used to buy more units for other beneficiaries.

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  • nes911

    Wala na kasing issue maibato ang kampo ni erap kaya the only way to beat lim is to disqualify him. But why would erap stop lim from giving livelihood to the poor sectors of manila? Akala ko para siya sa mahihirap? Panic time na dahil malayo na ang agwat ni lim ayon sa latest survey: 62% for lim vs 27% for erap, 11% na lang ang undecided.

    • http://twitter.com/alingBarang Aling Barang

      Anong survey ito? Imbento.

      • nes911

        Galing sa kampo ni isko moreno.

      • JOSEPH gARCIA

        galing sa kampo ni Mr. Truman at mr shouli

      • nes911

        Galing sa isang chicks ni isko moreno na masama ang loob dahil hindi na nabibigyan ng sustento. Sya ang ngkakalat ng secret survey na ito. Clue: estudyante siya sa college of law sa plm. Alam ni isko kung sino ito.

      • Roselyn C. Doneza

        survey ng mga sanggano na kauri ni madi LIM…kung mawawala nga si madi LIM eh mawawala rin ang mga sanggano na aliporis ni madi LIM

  • avmphil

    Mr.Lim’s legal “handouts” is transparent and accepted. While the allocated “pork barrel” allows one man’s whims and fancies to be dictated as and when, how and where it shall go.

  • simondj

    the problem of evil (babaero, lasengero, plunderer) is,,, his time is short,, or is running out of time.

  • mangtom

    This idiotic bigote claims to be pro-masa. Yes, pro-masarap sa pangloloko ng masa. I cannot think of a more cunning and wily con artist in the Philippines than this unggoy na ex-con.

    Mga Manila voters: do yourself a big favor-vote for Lim. MadiLIM at malabo and prospect ni plunderer na manalo sa Manila. His old tricks are out of date. Meaning, laos na si jueteng boss. Bye, bye (I don’t mean buy, buy votes).

    Have another drink, you gunggung na sinungaling.

  • kismaytami

    Mga politician nga naman, ang mga perwisyong pinagbawal, tuwing panahon ng eleksyon ay nagiging legal… with matching support pa! Basta para sa boto, matino man o bobotante. Iba talaga ang mahikang dulot ng eleksyon.

  • klepto

    but lim and erap are useless f u c k e r s.
    about the kuliglig, its a symbol of bad taste, inefficiency, and only poses risks on our already congested, dirty, chaotic roads.

  • Akoaykanoy

    If this violation of election laws, Mr. Brillantes what are you doing why not file violation of election laws

    • Roselyn C. Doneza

      That’s really a vote buying kahit na ano pa ang sabihin..dapat election hearing yan…dapat ipagpaliban kung ano mang project mayroon after the election implement the project again…piro por dios naman why padjak?

      • nes911

        Inggit ka ba sister? Humingi ka kay erap.

  • kilabot

    erap and isko will counter
    with distributing beauty kits to lgbts,
    its main and loyal supporters.

  • http://twitter.com/Joe_The_Kano Joe Kano

    More government paternalism and political patronism.

  • kumilos_tayo

    P*ta ka ERAP kaysa naman sayo jueteng lord.. Pangkabuhayan yun atleast hindi sila aasa humingi ng pera sa govt. itratrabaho nila yung kanilang pangangailangan kaysa umasa at maghintay ng pera sa gobyerno.

  • buttones

    At the dawn of the second decade of the 21st century- and this is the
    answer to the overcrowded polluted stinking city Lim runs, Wow! What a brilliant
    idea. Why not rickshaws? They could all wear them conical hats, tourists will
    think they have stepped back into 19th century Peking—Lim Chinee boy
    no? Velly good….

    • kumilos_tayo

      What is your best solution? vote for ERAP para MAGHIRAP lalo..

      • buttones

        Vote as you please, I hardly care what happens in Imperial Manila, I don’t even live there. I’m sorry but I have no ideas, none at all, and care even less, and that’s the truth. It’s entirely up to you….

      • ARIKUTIK

        I’m not of Manila but I care for fellow Filipinos.
        Erap is 77 while Lim is 87.
        Both ends in 7 but double 7 is lucky number while 87 is Paso na …. weeeeeeee >>>>>>>

      • nes911

        77 ang symbol ng mga mandurugas at mamamatay tao.

      • Roselyn C. Doneza

        Ang ganda kaya ng Bansa noong si Erap ang presidente just for 2 1/2 years bumaba ang halaga ng mga bilihin….whole Philippines yun..ngayon pa kaya hindi nya mapaganda ang Manila…..to give padyak…LIM must be crazy…kaliliit ng mga daanan sa Maynila at centro pa man din aru ano ba yan…bus pa yan or jeepney ok pa…

      • nes911

        Bulag, pipi, at bingi lang ang naniniwala dyan sa tirada mo sister.

      • tenyearsafter

        siguro di ka sumasakay ng padyak…..yan ang magandang sakyan sa makikitid at masikip na daanan

    • ARIKUTIK

      Si Lim nagpa utang ng kapirangot na Trisikad para pang photo opt…. eeeeewwwww….. wala na talaga. Tuyo na ang utak ……. aaarrrggghhhh ………

  • tenyearsafter

    between hulog boundary (HB) and Bingo On Barangay Operation (BOBO), i prefer HB

  • joboni96

    yan ang dapat

    teknolohiyang pilipino
    solusyong pilipino

    level up the design

    electric motor assisted
    batteries charged by pilipino muscle power

    not by imported solar panels

    pilipino makikinabang
    hindi intsik switik

    piltsin si lim

  • eltee mulawin

    >>>ayon kay isko ““The Commission on Elections should motu propio (on its own) disqualify Lim if he’s caught in the act. Otherwise, we can file the necessary case
    in court to have him disqualified,”
    >>>ALAM DIN NIYA NA ANG KAUNA-UNAHAN TAMA LAMANG MA-DISQULIFIED AY SI JOSEPH “ERAP”ESTRADA EJERCITO NA EX-CONVICT SA KASALANANG PLUNDER O ISANG MANDARAMBONG.

    • Roselyn C. Doneza

      kung may kasalanan si Erap, bakit nakatakbo sya noong last election as President at pumangalawa sya kay noynoy? dapat magbasa kayo, para malaman ninyo ang katotohanan….may ninakaw ba sya sa kaban ng bayan?? wawa naman kayo…

      • nes911

        20 billion pesos ang ninakaw nya sa unang taon pa lang kanyang pagiging presidente noon.

  • Piling Pogi Blocker

    katawa naman mga comment nyo… nakaraan lang pinahuli ni Lim ung mga padyak, kuliglig.. ngayong malapit na eleksyon biglang mamimigay pa sya? Isip isip din bago comment, and about sa plunderer case ni Erap, do your research first bago mag comment, san ba sya nadiin? Sa jueteng lang diba, pera ba ng gobyerno yun? noon nya pa gusto gawing legal ang jueteng para sa gobyerno mismo mapunta kesa sa mga jueteng lord, ngayon may STL na? ano ba ung STL? lol.. Wala nga napatunayan na nagnakaw sya sa kaban ng bayan… mga pinoy nga naman, naniniwala agad sa media. tsk tsk…

    • Roselyn C. Doneza

      walang kasalanan si Erap, conspired lang ng mga ganid sa katungkulan..especially Gloria, Ramos, Cory mayayamang business club at kaparian and with the help of uncle sam the big eagle…hindi nga ba isa si Erap sa nagpaalis sa base militar sa gapo? kaya galit ang us kay Erap…kuha nyo?

  • Guest

    Pag pro-erap ang post binura? Ganyan pala sa Inquirer.. tsk tsk :))

    • kumilos_tayo

      Binubura yun siguro may hindi magandang salita sa sinabi mo..

    • Roselyn C. Doneza

      talaga kasi nga maka dilawan ito eh…kaya maya maya lang wala na itong post natin..kaya kami hindi na bumibili ng Inquirer eh bias ang mantalaang ito kahit noon pa…

  • ARIKUTIK

    Nakakahiya sa boung mundo pag nakita nila ang letrato ng trisikad na pinamigay ni Lim sa Election eve. Sasabihin, “Ang Cheap naman ng Filipinos”.
    Desperado na si Lim kahit ka Cheapan, pinasok, Legal na rin daw ang mag side walk vendor ….. aaaaarrrrggghhhhh………… talo na si Lim…. nya ….hahaha…..

    • nes911

      Di ka siguro naambunan kaya ngsasour graping ka. Easy ka lng, pare baka bukas mabigyan ka naman ng wheel chair.

  • eduardoaz

    Only in the Philippines. Imagine, pagkatapos sa San Juan, Manila naman? Ano ba ang gusto ni Erap na patunayan? Na magaling siya? At saan? Siguro alam naman nating lahat? Hindi lang yan, buong pamilya gusto pang magserbisyo? daw? kawawa naman ang Pilipinas at wala ng qualified na candidates kungdi ang mga estrada lang? Gising Pilipinas.

  • Roselyn C. Doneza

    ano ba yan, mapupuno na ng padyak ang kamaynilaan, wala na bang ibang maibibigay na panghanapbuhay? ano ka ba madi LIM na nga ang maynila lalo pa padidi LIM in

  • tenyearsafter

    To PDI: Magkaiba ang pedicab (padyak) at kuliglig.

    Pinagbawal nga ni Mayor Lim ang kuliglig kaya lang marami ang nag apela.
    Padyak ay walang motor at gamit sa malapitang byahe lang.

    Padyak ang pinamimigay at hindi kuliglig.
    Padyak ang sasakyan ng masa.

  • manila_boy

    Pedicab?! Wala na bang modern transportation maisip para sa Manila? Backwards ang pagiisip kaya madiLim ang future ng Manila. Manila needs a leader with a vision!

  • rhinotillexomaniac

    What a way to move forward! While neighboring Asian cities move into development of high-speed mass transit systems, here we have such a visionary mayor doing exactly the opposite. A Manila mayor cannot possibly fund or effect a bullet train system or the like, but are pedicabs or even kuligligs really what he thinks his constituency deserves? I have seen quite a few incidents where pedicab drivers get involved in a shouting match with passengers, often with blatant expletives courtesy of the driver.

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