Lawmakers from the Senate and the House of Representatives are the latest petitioners against fare hikes in Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT 3) and Light Rail Transit I and LRT 2.
They are Sen. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito and Buhay party-list Rep. Lito Atienza, who have questioned the fare increases before the Supreme Court (SC).
Joining Ejercito and Atienza were incumbent and former lawmakers and labor leaders who all sought a temporary restraining order to stop the fare hikes, which were imposed on January 4 this year.
They pointed out that the Department of Transportation and Communications is guilty of grave abuse of discretion in issuing Department Order 2014-014, dated December 18, 2014, which, the petitioners said, is beyond the DOTC’s authority.
“The DOTC unilaterally proposed, approved and implemented the fare adjustment[s]. Hence, [it]has no authority to issue the assailed Department Order; it is therefore null and void,” the petition said.
Four petitions in the SC against the train fare hikes were earlier filed by Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, former Iloilo Rep. Augusto Syjuco, Bayan Muna party-list group and United Filipino Consumers and Commuters.
Named respondents were DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya, Officer-in-Charge of MRT 3 Renato Z. San Jose, Light Rail Transit Authority Administrator Honorito D. Chaneco, Metro Rail Transit Corporation and Light Rail Manila Consortium.
An MRT 3 trip from North Avenue in Quezon City to Taft Avenue in Manila now costs P28 from the original P15; an LRT 1 trip from Roosevelt Avenue in Quezon City to Baclaran in Paranaque City is now P30 from P20; and an LRT 2 trip from CM Recto in Manila to Santolan Road in Quezon City is now P25 from the original P15.