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Manila’s Estrada: ‘No total bus ban, only vs colorums’

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Manila Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada confers with police officials on the capital city’s peace and order situation. (From the Facebook Page of Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada)

Manila Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada confers with police officials on the capital city’s peace and order situation. (From the Facebook Page of Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada)

MANILA, July 26 (Mabuhay) — Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada on Friday twitted the Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board for urging bus owners to sue him for the city’s bus ban, saying the move targets only “colorum” buses, not those with valid franchises.

“Gusto ko lang liwanagin, hindi namin bina-ban iyong mga prangkisang ibinigay nila sa operators ng bus, ang bina-ban namin iyong mga kolorum,” Estrada said in a radio interview.

“There is no total ban on buses in Manila, we are just regulating the entry of colorum buses into city streets. On buses with franchise but without terminal, they can enter the city but they are not allowed to park,” Estrada clarified.

“Makakadaan sila ng Maynila, mag-unload sila sa designated na lugar, loading and unloading, hindi ‘yung kung (saan-saan)… Nire-regulate lang namin… ang provincial at city bus kailangang sumunod (They can pass through Mania, unload at designated places, loading and unloading, not just anywhere … We are just regulating … provincial and city buses should comply),” he added.

Manila Traffic Management Committee Resolution No. 1 provides that only provincial buses with terminals within the city will be allowed within its limits while all others should unload their passengers at the city’s boundary.

While the implementation eased traffic within Manila, it caused a buildup in other places, particularly around the Welcome Rotonda, the boundary with Quezon City, and at the Buendia-Taft junction in Pasay City.

Following an outcry among bus operators, the LTFRB acknowledged that the bus ban violated the franchises it issued but told the operators to bring their case to court themselves.

“Our stand is this: their [bus owners] franchises stand,” said LTFRB chief Winston Gines, adding that the bus firms have the legal leg to pass through the routes stated in those franchises, including the streets of Manila from where they have been barred starting Monday.

The LTFRB “did not amend their (bus owners) certificates of public conveyance” and therefore they are entitled to the guarantees embodied in those certificates, the agency chief said in a radio interview. (MNS)

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