The Philippine Star

Com­mute chal­lenge won’t solve trans­port prob­lem – DOJ chief

- By EVE­LYN MACAIRAN

Jus­tice Sec­re­tary Me­nardo Gue­varra is not in­clined to take on a law­maker’s com­mute chal­lenge re­quir­ing gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials to use pub­lic trans­porta­tion on Mon­days, say­ing it would only add to the prob­lems of reg­u­lar com­muters.

Gue­varra yes­ter­day is­sued this re­sponse to the pro­posal of Ili­gan City Rep. Fred­er­ick Siao, chair­man of the House com­mit­tee on civil ser­vice and pro­fes­sional reg­u­la­tion, who is push­ing for the pas­sage of the “Pub­lic Ser­vants’ Com­mut­ing via Pub­lic Trans­port Act,” which would ground gov­ern­ment ve­hi­cles and make it manda­tory

for elected and ap­pointed of­fi­cials to use pub­lic trans­port on Mon­days.

The jus­tice sec­re­tary said he is not im­mune to the dif­fi­cul­ties of com­mut­ing, since he ex­pe­ri­enced this go­ing to and from his house in Bu­la­can be­fore he be­came a lawyer.

“I am used to the hard­ships of daily com­mute to and from Bu­la­can. I had no first-owned car till I be­came a lawyer, and had no driver un­til I got to Mala­cañang. I know how hard it is out there,” said Gue­varra.

He re­called that in 2015, it would take him at least two hours just to travel from NLEX to Or­ti­gas Cen­ter.

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