Two tow trucks attacked in Manila amid truck ban

Posted at 02/26/14 2:52 PM

MANILA – Two tow trucks were attacked by a group of unidentified men in Manila on Wednesday, as the implementation of the city's controversial truck ban ordinance entered its third day.

Two trucks of RWM Towing Services with plate numbers UJM 254 and NTU 224 were damaged after the suspects threw big rocks at them.

According to "Dodong," driver of one of the trucks, they were traveling along Road 10 when the suspects hurled the big rocks. He said no one was injured in the attack.

Dodong suspects that the attack was perpetrated by those who are against the truck ban in the city.

Under the ordinance, eight-wheel trucks with a gross weight of above 4,500 kilograms will only be allowed on city streets from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. every day except on Saturdays and Sundays, with a window period of five hours, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Trucker groups are currently on a strike to protest the city ordinance.

The Bureau of Customs said that as a result of the truckers' strike, the revenue collection from both the Port of Manila and Manila International Container Port declined significantly.

MICP collected only P262.8 million, 27% lower than the daily average of P360 million on Monday, the first day if the implementation of the ordinance.

Revenues from Port of Manila also fell 47% to P134.4 million from the previous daily average of P253 million that day.

Despite the loss in revenues, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada said he standing firm on the ban, saying traffic has significantly improved in Manila after its implementation.

He said any losses racked up by the country's ports and industries as a result of the ban should be blamed instead on the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA).

He said the PPA should allow truckers to park within its massive facility in the port area instead of along Manila roads.

Estrada added that the PPA should help truckers speed up the dispatching of items from the port. – with a report from Noel Alamar, dzMM