MANILA - Senator Francis "Chiz" Escudero said local government units (LGUs) should sue the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) for its order allowing colorum trucks and buses to ply, saying its board resolution is illegal.
"Sa totoo lang, ang LTFRB hindi ko nakikita kung saan humuhugot ng lakas ng loob sa ginagawa nila, pinaghuhugutan nila ng tapang para gawin 'yan. Ni hindi nakikipag-konsulta sa ibang ahensya ng gobyerno. At hindi ko rin maintindian bakit pinapayagan ng DOTC (Department of Transportation and Communications) na gawin 'yan ng LTFRB," he said.
"In fact, dapat nilang kuwestyunin sa korte sa tingin ko dahil iligal 'yan e. How can you say that you can do something na iligal pwede na muna in the meantime. Only Congress can suspend the effectivity of a law. LTFRB cannot do that. Trabaho nila mag-issue ng prangkisa at humuli ng walang prangkisa. Baligtad ang ginawa nilang trabaho. Pinayagan ang walang prangkisa at colorum. Medyo mali naman ho yata 'yun," he added.
Escudero, meanwhile, hit government agencies for the blame game over the traffic situation.
"'Yung bangayan ng ahensiya hindi nakakatulong. They should get their acts together at maliwanag din na tila hindi sila nag-uusap-usap at kanya-kanya. It even had to take the President himself to call for a meeting in Malacañang yesterday. Ano ba 'to pataas ng ihi ang nangyayari sa mga opisyal natin, patigasan ng ulo? We do not deserve that kind of service from these officials."
A committee hearing on the issue of port congestion may be tackled next week.
JV: LTFRB's no apprehension policy 'foolish'
Senator JV Ejercito, likewise, said the LTFRB's no apprehension policy is foolish, pointing out that that all colorum trucks and buses have no right to be on the road.
He said the LTFRB's Memorandum Circulars 2014-009 and 2014-010 were just flimsy attempts of the Board to favor the interests of bus and trucking companies.
"No one in the right mind should allow colorum vehicles to ply major thoroughfares such as EDSA, C5 and Katipunan. LTFRB should be held liable for these new policies that exacerbated recent Metro Manila traffic, and for draining the patience of motorists and the economy as well," Ejercito said in a statement.