MANILA, Philippines – Former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada and Vice Mayor Isko Moreno arrived at Welcome Rotunda on Thursday to strictly implement the city’s 2- week bus re-routing scheme.
Moreno said the city government would not draw back in the alleged threats from 700 bus operator’s from Eastern Fairvew-Quiapo Bus Operations Association (EFQBOA) that they will disregard the city’s bus ban and forcibly ply their stipulated routes starting today.
“Sana po ay hindi nila kami subukan,” Moreno said in a statement.
Manila has banned buses without terminals within the city. The city government has also discovered that many buses that ply Manila’s routes don’t have legitimate franchises.
“This is only a resolution. This regulation violates the franchise of bus operators. This is not just regulation. This is prohibition. It disregards the franchise of buses, especially those going to Fairview and Baclaran,” Atty. Ferdinand Topacio said.
Bus operators protest about the high fee of acquire a contract at the Park and Ride Terminal near Lawton in Manila.
Moreover, bus operator members of the EFQBOA, and bus franchises coming from Alabang, Las Piñas, and Cainta decided that they would follow the routes stipulated in the franchises awarded to them by the Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB), including Manila.
Dayanara L. Brazil
Leyte Normal University