6 buses intercepted for defying Manila bus ban order

August 8, 2013 10:32 am 

MANILA, Aug. 8 — Six buses and their drivers were intercepted by police Thursday morning for defying the bus ban implemented by Mayor Joseph Estrada and the Manila city council in a bid to reduce traffic and stop operation of colorum buses in the locality.

Manila traffic police apprehended at least six of the buses as of 7:00 a.m.

"It is our duty to uphold the welfare of Manila residents. We will enforce the law because it is our duty," Estrada said in a radio interview.

The latter wore a camouflage uniform and went to the Mabuhay Rotonda at the boundary of Manila and Quezon City to observe the enforcement of the city government's ban on colorum buses.

Estrada added that the city government is ready for any court action the bus operators will take.

The Manila mayor also had an impromptu dialogue with Ferdinand Topacio, who claimed to represent some of the bus operators, and told him they can always hold a dialogue.

Vice mayor and traffic czar Francisco Domagoso (Isko Moreno) said the buses caught entering the city without the proper permits will be impounded.

He said bus operators had threatened to have 700 buses enter the city.

Since July, the Manila city government had barred buses without franchises from using the city roads. It tweaked the ban to allow buses with proper permits from city authorities. (PNA)

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