No halt order on Manila bus ban
MANILA -- The Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 49 has not issued a halt order on the implementation of a bus ban in the city of Manila.
The petition for a temporary restraining order (TRO) on the city's bus ordinance was filed by bus operators.
Along with their lawyer Ferdinand Topacio, the bus operators attended the hearing in the sala of Manila RTC Branch 49 Judge Daniel Villanueva at 9 a.m. Wednesday.
Topacio said after having two dialogues with Mayor Joseph Estrada and Vice Mayor Isko Moreno, they had agreed on a particular price for the bus operators to pay Park 'N Ride, which would serve as their terminal in Manila.
However, he alleged that the Park 'N Ride terminal did not follow the agreed amount of terminal fee and even gave deals to the bus operators, which he said is already a form of corruption.
They are also contesting the Manila City Council, saying it has violated the LTFRB franchise wherein buses have a specific route to follow, but because of the bus ban, the route was not followed.
After hearing both the sides of the prosecution and the bus operators, Judge Villanueva decided in favor of the Manila City Council.
He said based on his evaluation of the merits of the case, there was no violation of the franchise since there were no complaints from the LTFRB.
Meanwhile, Estrada said that if Park 'N Ride is really abusing the bus operators in terms of asking for a higher terminal fee, his office is open for further comments.