Commuters challenge integrated transport system before SC
MANILA - Two public transport commuters from Bacoor, Cavite urged the Supreme Court (SC) to stop the implementation of the Integrated Transport System which paved the way for the operation of the integrated terminal in Paranaque City since August 6.
In a 38-page petition for certiorari and prohibition, Panita Ladera and Dolores Salanga, representing "commuters of provincial public utility buses originating from south of Metro Manila," urged the high court to immediately issue a temporary restraining order, and, on the merits, junk the following:
- Executive Order (EO) No. 67, "Providing for the Establishment of the Integrated Transport System," issued by Pres. Aquino;
- Administrative Order (AO) No. 40, "Providing for the Establishment of Interim Transport Terminals in Preparation for the Integrated Transport System," also issued by Mr. Aquino; and,
- Memorandum Circular 2013-004, issued by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), which amends routes of provincial buses coming from Southern Luzon;
Petitioners claimed that they will suffer grave and irreparable injury should these issuances not be restrained by the high court.
They said these issuances are unconstitutional, and violate the provisions on rights to due process and equal protection of laws, since these led to the amendment of the routes of provincial buses without notice and due public hearing.
"They arbitrarily clipped the franchise route of the provincial public utility buses originating from south of Metro Manila without due notice and public hearing," the petition read.
They also pointed out that the issuances are "in conflict with the time-honored doctrine of public interest and convenience in the exercise of the LTFRB's authority to regulate public conveniences."
Petitioners said that because of the change in routes, they are suffering from extended travel hours.