the true bayani
Filed under: Current Events, Jebs, Politics | Tags: Bayani Fernando, BF, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, MMDA, Philippine Elections 2010 |
i thought then that all his brutality and single-minded Machiavellian methods were not just creative but pure genius. talk about brandishing a wet “basahan” to put pedestrians in line, branding the helmets of motorcyclists with their rides’ plate numbers and the unruly and chaotic clearing of “bangketas” to put away all metropolitan peddlers and sidewalk vendors for good.
this month, Fernando instituted another grand scheme to straighten out all buses. this campaign is called the Oplan Agaw Manibela. read article here.
this new idea seems to be promising. after the massive crackdown on colorum Metro Manila passenger buses a few months back, EDSA has been a little bit clearer and was no longer a parking lot during rush hour. i know, for i am one heck of a EDSA bus commuter.
but to take away the steering wheel of buses that are taking too long to load or unload passengers is quite, i believe, too much.
i agree with CHR Chair Leila de Lima that this new campaign is a bit too much for bus commuters. imagine giving only 30 seconds for people to get off a bus and let other commuters ride on the bus. it would look like the MRT at rush hour. it would be pure chaos. it would possibly give the bus conductor a lot of hell.
but most importantly, it would be hard for women, children, the elderly and the disabled. the other day, i while i was riding my way on a bus to work, a mother and her blind teenaged daughter really took their time to alight from the bus. the bus conductor was courteous enough to lend them a hand. the mother and the blind kid took their time because it was hard for them to navigate through the bus aisle, with so many people standing there.
here, i quote Inquirer.net:
“We salute them for being creative but they should also take into consideration the rights of the vulnerable groups – the women, children, elderly and persons with disabilities – who depend on public transportation daily,” De Lima said during a press conference.
She added that giving passengers only 30 seconds to ride or alight from a bus was tantamount to depriving them of their right to safety, public and social services and the right against nondiscrimination.
The new scheme could also be a violation of the rights of bus owners and operators, she pointed out.
“The scheme is tantamount to a deprivation of property without due process that may not pass the test of lawfulness,” De Lima said.
delving on Fernando’s political aspirations, the MMDA head honcho had clearly made it known that he was vying for Malacanang way, way back. see his proclamation here. way to go, man. but, as early as he had said his presidentiable proclamation, anti-Fernando bullets blasted and lambasted his MetroGwapo posters saying these were premature means to forward his campaign. read article here. see this blog entry for a sample of Fernando’s savvy on EDSA.
for the past few weeks, i have been observing some “BAYANI” stickers on some provincial buses and even MMDA service trucks. Mrs. Bambit posted a sample of the sticker here and some interesting notes on the “alleged” purpose of the sticker.
Mrs. Bambit wrote:
“Apparently buses who sport the sticker on their windshields are ignored by the MMDA. They are not flagged down for any traffic infractions.”
very, very interesting. if this is really so, then, i’ll be damned.
my take on this “BAYANI” sticker campaign is that it is a good marketing strategy that could reach even the provinces. i dub it prominence. and Fernando has been doing this for quite some time now with all his Metro Gwapo posters. with all those provincial buses running from Manila and to their destinations, a lot of people would see those stickers. aside from EDSA, Fernando has now even ventured to other parts of the country.
he was even spotted in Nueva Ecija. read it here.
i still stand on my say that Bayani Fernando is a genius. but by the way he maneuvers himself to get a crack at Malacanang, it is just plain scary. i hope he does not end up like another Marcos. i was still too young then to know how Marcos ran the country during Martial Law but i have read quite enough to believe that he was really scary.
basing on the way things are going, i firmly hope that Bayani Fernando does not win as president on 2010.