Keep your cool this Christmas, Palace tells motorists

MALACAÑANG appealed to motorists over the weekend to keep their cool and not to take matters into their hands this Christmas.

Deputy presidential spokeswoman Abigail Valte suggested that people leave for their destinations earlier than scheduled to anticipate traffic jams.

“Huwag mainit ang ulo sa daan. Hindi maganda pag masyadong mainit ang ulo. Umalis tayo nang kaunting aga para di madagdagan ang init ng ulo,” she told government-run dzRB radio.

She said the public should already expect traffic jams especially in Metro Manila as people rush to malls to buy gifts.

Valte also advised commuters to report abusive or snobbish taxi drivers.

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority also appealed to motorists to keep their vehicles in shape.

Tina Velasco, MMDA spokesperson, issued the appeal as the MMDA draws up the implementing rules for a resolution providing higher penalties for vehicles that stall in major roads.

“(We are asking motorists to) check your vehicles, we’re talking about roadworthiness,” she said.

Earlier this week, the Metro Manila Council approved a resolution increasing the penalty for stalled or illegally parked vehicles along major thoroughfares from  P200 to as much as P3,000. Julian Labores

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