Problems surrounding Metro Manila's mass transit system was discussed in the second election roundtable of CNN Philippines — an issue that voters might consider in the coming elections.
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — A transportation expert thinks presidential candidate Manuel "Mar" Roxas II is not the best choice when it comes to addressing mass transit problems in Metro Manila.
Roxas had the chance to address the problems in 2011 when he was appointed as secretary of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), but “he failed,” Rene Santiago said Friday (January 22) during the second election roundtable of CNN Philippines.
The roundtable discussed problems surrounding Metro Manila's mass transit system, an issue that voters might consider in the coming elections.
Santiago, however, answered that he sees Rodrigo Duterte and Jejomar Binay as the most qualified to solve mass transit issues as they have local experience as mayors.
“I'm not rooting for any of them,” he clarified. “I'm just saying, from the context of their experience and the record of all the candidates, they are the two that probably have the best experience to go with mass transit,” he said.
Reducing private cars
Building efficient and reliable mass transit systems is seen as one way to solve Metro Manila’s traffic problem.
But Santiago said he is still unconvinced by the Aquino administration’s efforts.
“In so far as the mass transit system, this administration could have completed 50 kilometers more rail lines by this year. It would end up with zero completed kilometers. If you call that an accomplishment, that's not in my book,” he said.