The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has called out the Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) for a “misleading report” that quoted DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade as saying traffic in Manila is “just a state of mind.”
In a letter to addressed to PDI Executive Editor Joey Nolasco, Assistant Secretary for Communications Cherie Lei M. Santos said Tugade “in no way mentioned that traffic was a state of mind.”
“This was a very misleading headline. Please see the actual quote below made during the launching of the NAIA Premium Bus Service:
A state of mind adds to the problem of traffic. Let’s stop blaming traffic. If you’re late, that’s that.”
“He was merely addressing the Filipino psyche of using traffic as an excuse. He believes that kind of state mind that automatically uses traffic as an excuse, unnecessarily adds to the problem of traffic,” Santos said.
She also said Tugade “has always been outspoken about the traffic crisis and is even seeking to give the President emergency powers to solve the problem.”
Santos noted that what the Inquirer did was “sensationalism of the highest order bordering on malicious.”
Below is Santos’ letter to the Inquirer: