Bong Go expresses support to bill prohibiting unauthorized use of “wang-wang” with an exemption for emergency response vehicles

Bong Go expresses support to bill prohibiting unauthorized use of “wang-wang” with an exemption for emergency response vehicles

SENATOR Christopher “Bong” Go expressed his support for the proposed legislation that aims for stricter regulation of the use of sirens and similar devices, commonly called “wang-wang,” while ensuring reasonable exemptions for emergency vehicles.

During an ambush interview on Wednesday, April 17, Go emphasized the importance of adhering to regulations and its positive impact on easing traffic, especially in the metropolis.

“In principle, I support the idea, provided na mayroong mga reasonable exemptions tulad ng military, police, ambulansya. Sumunod tayo sa batas. Kung ano yung patakaran, sundin natin,” said Go.

“Kaya nga tayo may ginagawang batas para sundin. So kung ano yung makakabuti para sa lahat ay sundin po natin ito. I support the idea. Matrapik talaga ngayon. At aside from that, ay gawan po ng paraan ang mga trapik na nangyayari ngayon lalo na dito sa NCR,” he added.

Go also reflected on infrastructure developments that have previously aided traffic management. He credited the construction of skyways during former president Rodrigo Duterte’s administration with reducing traffic congestion on major roads.

“At ako po’y masaya, noong panahon ni dating Pangulong Duterte, mayroon na tayong mga skyway na kahit paano mababawasan yung trapik dito sa mga main thoroughfares o mga main highways,” said Go.

The bill, Senate Bill No. 2635 or the Anti-Wang Wang Act, filed by Senate Majority Leader Joel Villanueva, seeks to prohibit the unauthorized use and sale of these devices, except for specified law enforcement agencies. This bill aligns with President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s Administrative Order No. 18, which prohibits government officials and employees from using sirens, blinkers, and other devices.

The proposal has received varied reactions among senators. Senators Grace Poe and JV Ejercito have strongly backed the President’s order, stressing the need for government officials to set a precedent in combating traffic woes and self-entitlement on the road.

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