LGUs can choose how to execute laws: Duterte

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Friday, February 28, 2014

DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said that any local government unit (LGU) is in charge on how it would implement the national law on speed limit.

As his response to the statement released on Monday by his daughter former mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio against the Executive Order (EO) No. 39, which implements the speed limit here, Duterte said while he only implements the national law, still the management on traffic goes to the LGU.

[READ: Sara questions dad's EO]


"Binasa namin ang batas. It depends on the beholder. Sabagay, si Inday (Duterte-Carpio) babalik din yan. Sa kanyang panahon, bahala siya," he said, apparently referring to the probability of Duterte-Carpio becoming the mayor again and in living up to his oft-repeated declarations that whoever wants to implement something his way has to wait for his turn until he becomes the mayor.

Former mayor Duterte-Carpio chided her father's EO for disregarding the 20-kilometer per hour (kph) maximum speed limit for crowded streets, including school zones, and choosing only to implement the 30 kph, which as it is already considered very slow by many.

"I cannot follow what they (national law) impose on us if it's unrealistic anymore," the elder Duterte said.

Duterte-Carpio on Monday said EO No. 39 is in conflict with the existing Republic Act (RA) 4136, which the city patterned the speed limit ordinance.

She cited Section 36 of the RA 4136 mandating that "No provincial, city or municipal authority shall enact or enforce any ordinance or resolution specifying maximum allowable speeds other than those provided in this Act (RA 4136)".

"I decided to write about my experience when of late I saw people marking the streets with speed limit numbers. What a waste of time and money, because no amount of markings, signs, warnings and tarpaulins can erase the fact that EO 39 is inconsequential since RA 4136 (Land Transportation and Traffic Code) already mandated uniform maximum allowable speeds throughout the country," Duterte-Carpio said in her post published online.

She said the EO 39 failed to include the 20-kph policy on "crowded streets, approaching intersections at blind corners, passing school zones, passing other vehicles which are stationery, or for similar dangerous circumstances". (Sun.Star Davao)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 01, 2014.

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