MANAGING the horrendous traffic situation along the 23-kilometer stretch of the Epifanio Delos Santos Ave., (Edsa) will be a defining moment for the Philippine National Police (PNP), a ranking police official said early Monday morning.
PNP chief, Director General Ricardo Marquez had a short pep talk with members of the Highway Patrol Group (HPG) who would be deployed to take back Edsa, a national highway that has earned the title of having the 5th worst traffic situation in the world.
Around 96 HPG personnel wearing boots, western style hats and reflectorized vests attentively listened to the PNP chief’s words of inspiration before buckling down to their new task of assisting in managing the traffic of the six identified “chokepoints” of Edsa.
Marquez reiterated his call to the HPG personnel to keep on maintaining their integrity by not extorting money from motorists who would be apprehended for traffic violations and rules.
“I trust your integrity. Do your job and I will be there for you… Show them [motorists]your best side,” the PNP chief said during the send-off ceremony at around 4:45am Monday.
Marquez then said that on Sunday Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd dropped by at the White House, the official residence of the PNP Chief in Camp Crame, to give some words of encouragement for HPG personnel who will be deployed to assist in manning traffic along EDSA.
“He [Roxas] dropped by the White House to inform us of his excitement as this is our opportunity to show our best side… but at the same time, to expose our vulnerability,” he said in a mix of English and Filipino.
The deployment of 96 HPG personnel along EDSA was part of PNP’s compliance to the directive of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino 3rd ordering the HPG to go back and manage the traffic along the busy major thoroughfares of Metro Manila.
In a previous interview, HPG Director, Chief Supt. Arnold Gunnacao said, “History says that when HPG is still manning the traffic at EDSA… they are feared by drivers so they follow the rules and regulation as far as the traffic is concerned.”