By Liza Soriano
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MANILA — A lawyer has defended Senator Robin Padilla for his proposal to use cable cars to ease the traffic in Metro Manila and other urban areas nationwide, saying that he has a basis.
Atty. Rudolf Philip Jurado, Padilla’s friend, noted the cable car system underwent a study by the Department of Transportation (DoTr), which endorsed it to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).
“Take note that the $100-million Marikina-Ortigas cable car project was approved by the Department of Transportation last year and was sent to NEDA for its approval. This Cable car project will ease the traffic in the eastern side of Metro Manila per studies of the DOTR,” he said.
Under the DoTr’s proposal, a cable car system spanning 4.5 kilometers will link Marikina and Pasig Cities, with stops in parts of Quezon and Pasig Cities.
Also, Jurado noted Padilla’s manifestation has basis because he had seen the cable car system firsthand when he went abroad.
Padilla’s manifestation came after Sen. JV Ejercito delivered a privilege speech on the need to strengthen our railway system.
“It was a spontaneous and impromptu manifestation on the part of the Senator brought about by his knowledge and experience as a foreign traveler,” said Jurado.
Jurado added even Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri pointed out that cable car systems are used abroad.
On the other hand, a World Bank blog noted aerial cable cars are being used in major cities as an alternate mode of transportation, including Medellin in Colombia in 2004. (ai/mtvn)