Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Secretary Emilio Joseph Abaya apologize to the public on Thursday for his statement that traffic gridlocks are not fatal.
Abaya was criticized for saying “Hindi naman siguro fatal yan,” (“That’s [traffic gridlock]not likely to be fatal.”), referring to the traffic jams arising from the construction of the LRT 2 extension project.
“I extend my deepest apologies to the public, for an off-the-cuff statement made earlier in the week, which understandably came across as reckless and insensitive. I am aware that what I said has only added to the frustration and the suffering of the public. I am profoundly sorry for this,” he said in a statement.
“With this apology, I wish to assure the public that we are well aware of the situation we all face every day. Please be assured that we are doing everything in our power and exerting the maximum effort to ease traffic in Metro Manila and the surrounding areas. Some of these solutions will take time,” he added.
The DOTC chief said work on LRT 2, which extends the rail system to Masinag in Cainta, Rizal will take two years but it will ease traffic in the eastern part of Metro Manila.
The project, which will add 4.2 kilometers to the line, will benefit 75,000 passengers from Rizal Province when finished.