PNS — STRICTLY going by his inaugural statement against the use of sirens to get out of traffic, President Benigno Aquino was 30 minutes late for the change of command ceremony in Camp Aguinaldo yesterday.
The President apologized for being late but noted that it was the first time that he was late.
“Syempre nag-a-adjust rin kami dun sa lumaki ‘yung convoy namin at may traffic and I apologize for being late. We will perfect it,” he said in an ambush interview after the ceremony.
In his inaugural address, the President vowed not to use “wang-wang” or sirens, which some public officials have been using to escape the humongous traffic in Metro Manila.
Aquino also reminded all concerned that with the exception of emergency vehicles only five officials are authorized to use sirens. Under Presidential Decree No. 96, only the President along with the Vice President, Senate president, House Speaker, and Chief Justice can use sirens.
Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the President is determined to lead by example by observing traffic rules, despite the perceived risks like being stuck in traffic and being late for his appointments.
Lacierda said Aquino has also decided to use his own car as the presidential vehicle to save on government expenses. The No. 1 plate number of the presidential limousine has been transferred to the President’s white Toyota Land Cruiser.happen in the next six years of his administration.”