Jeepney drivers that implement fare hike without gov’t permission can be penalized — Palace

March 31, 2014 9:24 am 

By Azer N. Parrocha

MANILA, March 30 (PNA) — Malacanang on Sunday reiterated its call on jeepney drivers to abide by the process of implementing fare hikes, warning them about penalties if implemented without government approval.

Even without the approval of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), transport groups declared imposing an P8.50 minimum fare starting Monday, March 31.

Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said that the LTFRB has already expressed being open for discussions.

He added that the LTFRB has also previously warned them of the consequences of their actions.

“Nagbabala na po ang ating LTFRB sa pamamagitan ni tagapangulo Winston Ginez,” Coloma said in an interview on state-run dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.

The PCOO chief further said that the group had no right and basis to implement fare hikes without government approval and that such action will not be allowed.

“Hindi po pahihintulutan ‘yang walang karapatan at walang batayang pagsingil ng pamasahe,” Coloma said.

“Mayroon pong mga nakasaad sa batas at administrative orders ng LTFRB hinggil sa mga maaaring igawad na penalty o sanction laban sa mga lalabag,” he added.

Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda earlier said that increasing fare hikes without government approval would immediately affect the public.

“Sana huwag naman nilang… Ang maaapektuhan po ‘yung mga general population po who will not be aware,” Lacierda said. (PNA)

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