A recent headline of Philippine Daily Inquirer, a daily broadsheet in the Philippines, about the worsening traffic has gone viral, claiming that Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said traffic is just a “state of mind.”
Netizens were furious about the said statement and even accused the Secretary to try having a daily commute.
However, it was immediately clarified by the Presidential Communications and issued a statement said by Sec. Tugade.
In their post on Facebook, it said:
In response to the INQUIRER.net article regarding Department of Transportation - Philippines Secretary Arthur Tugade’s quote that Metro Manila traffic is just a ‘state of mind’:Netizens were thankful for the clarification made by Presidential Communication and even asked everyone to boycott mainstream media.
Secretary Arthur 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.
“How many times have you used the excuse that is traffic even when it’s not? Pag na late kayo sa asawa niyo o girlfriend niyo, sasabihin niyo traffic. Totoo ba yon palagi? Madaling sabihan na dahil sa traffic. Kung hindi naman, magsabi tayo ng totoo.”
“Traffic has become a convenient excuse to justify one’s non-performance or non-compliance to an appointment.”
In fact, Secretary Tugade has always been outspoken about the traffic crisis and is even seeking to give the President emergency powers to solve the problem:
“Hindi ba nabababoy na yung quality of life natin dahil sa traffic? Hindi ba pinagtatawanan na tayo sa buong mundo dahil sa traffic? Tell me if that’s not a crisis, what is?”
Let us all be a #PartnerForChange to solve traffic.
Here are some of the comments in the post that garnered the most number of likes:
@Presidential Communications, thank you for taking time to really address and answer this malicious journalism. I have actually unfollowed them long before. Nakakastress kasi.Dear all. The best way to fight the mainstream media is to boycott them. Please unfollow/unfriend abscbn, rappler, inquirer, and gma. I suggest to the government to let the media not get away with the malicious mis-translation. Whoever was responsible should be identified, and made accountable. I think it is time to sue the journalist for "irresponsible journalism".
Can you demand for a public apology from #Inquirer? Err, Sec. Arthur Tugade have to ask them for public apology. Misleading news from irresponsible journalist/media should be stopped.READ ALSO: PTV Reporter BLASTS Media Who Claimed Duterte Said "Son of A Whore" to Obama, What A Shame!
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