Youth group Anakbayan dares Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo to take public transportation without bodyguards and do it for a week during the morning rush hour.
Panelo accepted the challenge of Anakbayan and Kilusang Mayo Uno after he said the Philippines is not having a transportation crisis.
He then told people he accepts the challenge and take the public transportation to go to work tomorrow, Friday.
However, Anakbayan further dared Panelo to do the commute during the early morning rush hour, without any bodyguard.
“First of all, travel during early morning rush hour. Second, no special treatment—no bodyguards to brush off crowd. Third, we are expecting the stint to be mere performance. To prevent this, the spokesperson must commute not only for a single day, but for a whole week,” Anakbayan national spokesperson Alex Danday said.
Danday also added that the youth and the workers are the ones who will accompany Panelo.
Anakbayan spokesperson restated that they also dare other government officials, including President Rodrigo Duterte, DOT (Department of Transportation) Secretary Arthur Tugade, and MMDA (Metropolitan Manila Development Authority) Secretary Celine Pialago.
The groups hope that the officials will experience the country’s mass transport system to understand the daily sufferings of the commuters.
“We are daring government officials not to trivialize the struggle of commuters but to forward legitimate concerns and solutions towards a pro-people mass transport system—one that is efficient, affordable, and free from corporate control. This means that if after Panelo takes on the challenge and no significant reform pushes through, then all this fiasco will be mere token and ‘pagpapa-pogi’,” Danday exclaimed.
Panelo said he will take the Light Rail Transit and jeepney on Friday to go to his work at the Palace.