Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo rides a jeepney on Friday, October 11, 2019, as he accepted Anakbayan’s dare for him to commute to Malacañang in Manila amid an alleged “mass transport crisis” gripping Metro Manila. Contributed photo
MANILA, Philippines — Commuters who happened to travel with presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Friday morning expressed dismay with the delays caused by the media coverage of his so-called “commute challenge”.
Several students voiced their frustration over being late as media tried to get the side of Panelo, who was chanced upon by reporters in Cubao, Quezon City as the jeepney he was riding en route to Pureza in Manila stopped.
“Of course we commuters were affected, we are in a hurry to reach our destinations,” a female commuter, who does not want to be identified, said in Filipino. “Our trips have been delayed because of him.”
“He (Panelo) is not the only passenger here who should be considered, because of him the jeep stops, how about us who are also in a hurry? Some of us have classes to attend to, while some have jobs,” she also pointed out.
At one moment, another student asked the driver to let Panelo leave the jeepney so that the trip could continue.
Panelo completed his commute in almost four hours — riding at least four jeepneys from Concepcion in Marikina City to Malacañang complex, where a motorcycle rider offered him a ride.
He was dared by militant group Anakbayan to commute on his way to work after he refuted the claims of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan Secretary-General Renato Reyes Jr., who said that Metro Manila is suffering from a mass transport crisis. Panelo said that there is no crisis since commuters are still able to reach their destinations.
Earlier, Panelo said that commuters should be creative to beat mass transportation problems like heavy traffic flow and long queues.
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