Of Traffic Rules And Social Reform
President Noynoy Aquino is talking the talk and walking the walk.
But Filipinos grown cynical with our past leaders are seemingly ambivalent.
No opinion surveys are our yet, but online discussions about the President practicing his “no wangwang (siren), no counter-flow policy are swinging like a pendulum.
The overwhelming majority (judging from social media and blog postings) laud the presidential policy as emblematic of P.Noy’s view that the Filipino people are his boss and that this is now the new administration will conduct the business of governance during the next six years.
And there are the cynics and never-say die supporters of the past regime who dismiss President Aquino’s practice of patiently stopping at the intersections like any ordinary mortal as “political gimmickry appreciated only by boneheads, (direct quote).”
When this writer posted this image above showing Mr. Aquino’s convoy stopping at an intersection, what was commented on was how the vehicles had stopped a little past the edge of the cross walk and that it was technically a traffic infraction.
Catch 22 huh? Damn if you do, damn if you don’t?
A word of caution for the Chief Executive, though.
This practice of his, worthy of emulation as it is, must not compromise his personal security and those of other motorists.
There will always be wackos.
Presidential security should now be devising a workable compromise.
This will not be easy.
But unless ordinary Filipinos follow the President’s example, when will we, each of us, become the change we want our society, our country to be?
Should we all instead emulate demands for better furnished offices ‘worthy’ of high office and ask that we be given official residences?