Palace asks transport sector to follow laws on fare hike

Posted at 03/23/2014 2:12 PM | Updated as of 03/23/2014 2:13 PM

MANILA -- Malacanang asked transport groups to abide by laws in implementing any increase in fares.

In an interview with radio dzRB, Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said: “It’s something that they should take up with the [Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board]… They know fully well that there is a process to abide by when there is an issue of a fare hike.”

The Philippine Jeepney Operators & Drivers Alliance Foundation Inc. said its members will increase their fare by 50 centavos sans any approval from the LTFRB. This means a minimum fare of P8.50.

Lacierda said it will be the public who will be affected.

Asked if they should be arrested, he said: “We will ask the (LTFRB kung) ano ba ang processes diyan sa LTFRB and we will (expect a response from) chairman Winston Ginez.”

Meanwhile, members of another transport group, Piston, will have a protest action on Monday to condemn Malacanang’s snubbing of the transport sector’s needs.

Piston president George San Mateo said there will be several transport protest caravans across the country but the main rally will be in Malacanang.

“I think the LTFRB and the [Department of Transportation and Communications] will be in a better position to discuss it with them and these are issues pertinent to the agencies concerned,” Lacierda said.