Well friends, seems like all that criticism directed against the plan by the Baguio City Council to buy cars had some effect. Mayor Peter Rey Bautista vetoed the plan but only because “the phrase ‘car plan’ in the resolution is inappropriate”. Read Vincent Cabreza’s report here.
Dude, what kind of silliness is behind that “I’m vetoing it because the term used is technically not correct” thing? Iyan ang sabi nilang hiding behind technicalities.
You veto it because it is the right thing to do. You veto it because there are more important things to spend that money on. You veto it because you want to set an example that Baguio city officials are not the kind of officials who are taken in by materialism and you don’t want them to imbibe that false belief that public officials will look presentable and respectable only if they have a car.
Also, the Mayor seems to be of the same mind as the councilors that they, Baguio City officials, need cars. We’re really not convinced that there’s a need for it.
You need something you can use to visit your constituents? Buy bicycles. If an official doesn’t know how to ride a bike, buy one that has a sidecar and let another councilor do the cycling. As The Nashman pointed out in his comments here, the Prince of the Netherlands cycles to work. Why can’t Baguio officials do that and set an example for the rest of the country to follow?
Oh, it’s not safe to ride a bike in Baguio? Fix it, pare. That’s what you are in power for. Pass regulations that would reserve some lanes for people who want to bike.
What? You’re too embarrassed to go meet the President (who was not voted President) with your bicycle? Well, snap out of that traditional “I must have a car to be respectable” mold of thinking. It doesn’t make you less of a human being if you are a public official without a car.
Oh you need a car to go to Manila or Subic or Clark? Take the bus, that’s why they are there. If you want to travel in relative comfort, Victory Liner has special buses which travels faster; it has more spacious leg rooms and a comfort room too. But you can travel like the rest of us by taking the non-special ones.
Note: Despite our quibbles with the Mayor’s reason for his veto. Let’s still give him credit for vetoing the plan.