MMDA chief experiences EDSA traffic jam, misses TV appearance

By , on September 10, 2015

MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino. (Photo from MMDA's official Facebook page)
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino. (Photo from MMDA’s official Facebook page)

MANILA – MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino experienced firsthand the horrendous traffic condition on EDSA, missing his appearance at ANC’s “Headstart” on Thursday morning.

Tolentino was supposed to be a guest at the 8 a.m. news show but failing to arrive in the studio on time, he was instead interviewed through a phone call.

While his interview was ongoing, the MMDA chairman remained stuck on EDSA. And by the time he arrived in ANC’s studio at around 9 a.m., Headstart was already signing off.

He later on explained that a car accident occurred near EDSA Santolan, which contributed to the already heavy traffic that morning.

Tolentino has been working together with the Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) in trying to solve Metro Manila’s traffic problem. After a few days since deployment, not much improvement was seen.

Also this week, PNP chief Director General Ricardo Marquez experienced the EDSA gridlock when he was supposed to inspect on the HPG policemen assigned as traffic marshals on the highway.