No special plates for members of the congress

@knicnax (2234)
Philippines
July 7, 2010 7:46am CST
I was listening to the news on the way home, and as usual, road discipline is the topic. There was a congressman(I think) who'll file something about abolishing the plates 8 to 6 for gov't officials. He says that gov't officials are public servants. No special treatment for them. I agree. Being a government official means that you're in a position to serve the people. Us, average citizens shouldn't give them special treatment. They should be treated as any average citizen. They should experience the traffic, leave early so they won't be late. Everyone is important in their own little world. If the politicians are late for a meeting, working citizens might also be late for one. The work force is really important because it's what drives the country, just as important as any government official on the way for a meeting. They should know how to be disciplined and follow the traffic rules, leave early to avoid being late. What do you think
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@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
7 Jul 10
I totally agree with this one. Not because they got elected by a lot of people into that position, doesn't mean that they should be treated as those higher than the average citizen. Then again, we can't avoid that at times since they do still have some privileges after all. They also have political influences and as far as history would go, people have always given recognition to those who are in higher position compared to the average citizen. Let's say that it would get abolished. I think it would take some time for that to really work or happen in actuality.. just a thought.. Commenting on everyone being early to avoid slow traffic. I guess if everyone was indeed early, slow traffic flow would still be slow at that time since a lot of people being early on the road just might make the road as congested as it would be in rush hour.
@knicnax (2234)
• Philippines
8 Jul 10
Their privileges only extend up to their immunity against certain kinds of lawsuits. They should still follow the traffic rules. And even if they are getting special treatment, they shouldn't abuse it at all. They shouldn't use this power vested on them 'for personal gain. If the plates are abolished, it's up to the LTO to round them up. By the way things are going, I think it would be easier to do this during PNoy's term. One thing PNoy did was to drive a lot of apathetic Filipinos to concerned citizens. He opened their eyes on the injustice that we just let happen. Also on being early. Early doesn't always mean the morning or a specific time. It's relative to whatever you're doing/supposed to be doing. Like if your work is at 8:00 and you know that it'll take you an hour to get there, try leaving 1 hour and 30 minutes ahead. People who have to work at 8:00 but live nearer can leave on a much later time, let's say, 7:30 if his work is just 5 to 10 minutes away. Or if the work is at 13:00. Leaving early would mean to leave at about 11:00. It's leaving early. not leaving in the morning. People's times vary. The need to go to some place is not the same for everyone, so traffic would still be distributed. Leaving early is better than leaving a few minutes before the meeting and just disobeying traffic rules just because you can, and just so you won't be late.
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@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
8 Jul 10
Of course, that has always been what most people want, officials who don't abuse the privileges that have from being elected. And yes, seeing what our new president seems to be symbolize, I guess the outcome of the country does seem promising but, of course, as I have heard most of the time, he is only human as well. Perhaps there are some things that are out of his control and we just have to wait and see on how he would deal with the problems that the country is having as well as how he would fulfill his promises during his speech when he was officially recognized as our new president. Well, its not really far from being possible. Having everyone go earlier to avoid being late would indeed have them travel altogether. Of course, I didn't mean any specific time. I was only suggesting on it being plausible. They can go early, be in a moderate to heavy traffic flow with the other passengers that are also early, and still arrive early to their work or whichever place that they are headed to.
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@juggerogre (1659)
• Philippines
7 Jul 10
I agree with you. I hate those politicians that think they are above anyone else. They should realize that without us, the public, they will not be in that position. Good move by that congressman. Hope all congressmen and congresswomen are like him.
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• Philippines
7 Jul 10
i am sure a lot will be pissed of by this. it won't belong before politicians would start hating him for it. but they have no choice the president will follow it.
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@knicnax (2234)
• Philippines
8 Jul 10
@juggerogre I hope so too. It's a pity I forgot his name. I was dozing on and off when I heard that on the radio. They shouldn't think that they're way above us because just like you said, without us, they won't be in position. @LetranKnight Yup! a lot will be pissed. A lot would miss the abuse of power they're doing just to avoid traffic. I hope this proposal will push through and will be enacted as soon as possible
• Philippines
7 Jul 10
Only the President and the Vice President should be using those gov't plates. Only those two top spots in the country should enjoy what a gov't plate can do :)
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@knicnax (2234)
• Philippines
8 Jul 10
Yup. Senate president, speaker of the house and probably the chief justice. All the top positions of the nation will be allowed to have special plates. I think special plate numbers to 8 are for congressmen and senators. Not sure though.
• Philippines
7 Jul 10
that's good to know. they kept using it for abuse and special treatment, as if they ever allowed themselves to be in the traffic situation. i am sur ea lot will be pissed but you know it's a good start.
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@knicnax (2234)
• Philippines
8 Jul 10
It is indeed a good start. Hope they'll start implementing this soon. This special plate really made them abuse their power. They can commit traffic violations without the fear of getting their licenses of cars confiscated, and the worse part of this is that they are alowed to have 4-pair copies of the plate, meaning up to 4 cars of one official could have this plate. Since there's only one official, and he could only be in one car at a given time, someone else will be using his/her car with the special plate. It could be a son/daughter, wife/husband. Anybody whom he allows to use the car which is not a government official is also enjoying the privilege of the special plate!
@xtedaxcvg (3191)
• Philippines
7 Jul 10
I agree with you on this one as well. I think every government official should set an example and not have these plates on their cars. They are public servants so no special treatment for them in my opinion. We are their bosses so they should listen to us if they want to stay in office.
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@knicnax (2234)
• Philippines
8 Jul 10
They should. I'm glad PNoy is starting in setting the example. They must be ashamed of themselves if they try to set themselves above the citizens because the president is currently setting himself at the same/lower level than the citizens
• Philippines
7 Jul 10
i agree on that congressman as well. we are all filipinos here...what makes you so special about being a senator whatsoever that you need a unique plate?!
@knicnax (2234)
• Philippines
8 Jul 10
Precisely! A politician is just the same as any citizen. It just so happened that he's working for the government
@greenpeas (999)
• Philippines
8 Jul 10
I praise PNoy for starting this, and I hope it will continue even beyond his administration. No more wang-wangs. No more abusive government officials and/or their relatives and friends abusing their authorities on the roads.
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@Metatronik (5911)
• Pasay, Philippines
9 Jul 10
I have seen one time that the lawyer of Integrated Bar Philippines has special plate which is my boyfriend told me that it was already prohibited. Sometimes the one who are taking advantage of the special plate or being the king of the road are not the government officials but their drivers or even bodyguards.