Bus operators groups ask SC for clarification on fixed salary ruling

July 13, 2012 11:02 pm 

MANILA, July 13 – Some groups of bus operators on Friday asked the Supreme Court (SC) for clarification on whether the government should implement the fixed salary scheme for bus drivers and operators after the deferment of the "status quo ante" order earlier issued by the SC on the said fixed salary.

The petitioners, which include the Provincial Bus Operators Association of the Philippines (PBOAP), filed their five-page urgent manifestation and motion, after Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz announced that they would proceed with the implementation of the DOLE Order No. 118-12, setting the fixed salary scheme for bus drivers and conductors following the deferment of the "status quo ante" order.

However, the petitioners maintained that the SC did not recall the "status quo ante" order, but rather, it was merely deferred.

They argued that it was not stated in the "order of deferment" of the SC that the DOLE was directed to implement the assailed DOLE order on fixed salary scheme for bus drivers and conductors starting July 1, 2012.

The petitioners expressed the belief that if the implementation of the fixed salary scheme would proceed while the comment to be filed by their camp remained pending, as well as the decision of the SC, the integrity of the Court and its processes would be jeopardized.

They also argued that in doing so, it can also be considered as a violation of the "subjudice rule." (PNA)

RMA/PTR

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