According to the MMDA, there are currently about 3.6 million registered vehicles in Metro Manila alone sharing a total of 3,090 kilometers of national, city, municipal, and barangay roads. This means that each vehicle only has 0.86 meter of road allocated for its mobility. No wonder the metropolis experiences daily traffic jams. Not to mention the smog and other air pollutants produced by motor vehicles in the country. In addition to this is the cost of imported fossil fuels the country has to earmark amounting to one billion pesos a day just to run a motor vehicle-dependent population.
The Philippines’ prides itself as a country which keeps the institution of the family sacrosanct. Alternatively, espoused social norms and existing laws concerning the family and marriage are antiquated when their reason disenfranchises certain people. The recent years witnessed the country re-examine itself as it underwent a wave of controversial bills concerning reproductive health and divorce, among others. A similar measure banking on the idea of divorce is brewing in the lower chamber of the country’s legislative mill.
In a country where a culture of fear and impunity reigns, especially during the election season, private armies are the norm. Constitutionally prohibited, private armies and other groups not recognized by any duly constituted authority ought to be dismantled. However, no legislation has yet been enacted to penalize private armies and other armed groups. Enter House Bill No. 22 introduced by MAGDALO Party List Represerntatives Francisco Acedillo and Gary Alejano in the 16th Congress which aims to dismantle and penalize such armed entities.