Transport groups to rally at SC for temporary halt on PUVMP

Credit to Author: Ghio Ong| Date: Tue, 11 Jun 2024 09:02:00 +0800

MANILA, Philippines — A protest action will be held on Tuesday in front of the Supreme Court to reiterate calls for the issuance of a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the public utility vehicle modernization program, according to Pagkakaisa ng mga Samahan ng Tsuper at Opereytor Nationwide (Piston) deputy secretary general Ruben Baylon.

Piston filed a petition against the PUVMP in December 2023.

The three-month extension given by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to unconsolidated public utility jeepneys ended on April 30.

Impounding of unconsolidated units, which are considered colorum or unauthorized PUVs, began mid-May.

Piston supports Manibela’s call to allow traditional jeepneys to operate for one year, as agreed during a House of Representatives hearing.

“Why is the LTFRB refusing to issue a memorandum circular to allow the operation of traditional jeepneys for one year?” Baylon asked.

Some Piston members were apprehended amid the crackdown on colorum PUJs, he noted. — Mark Ernest Villeza, Emmanuel Tupas, Helen Flores

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