A DAY after Malacanang told it to do its job, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) took to Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) on Friday and apprehended 10 drivers on board colorum (illegal) and out-of-line buses.
Crisanto Saruka, head of the MMDA’s Traffic Discipline Office, said the arrest brought the agency’s three-day operations to a total of 47 apprehended buses,
The 10 drivers were issued penalty and traffic violation receipts, while the vehicles were brought to the MMDA’s impounding area in Marikina City.
The MMDA operations resumed after Malacanang on Thursday authorized the agency to apprehend buses and trucks that violate traffic rules.
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Chairman Winston Ginez, were earlier summoned to the Palace to resolve their differences over traffic policies and management.
Ginez had issued a memorandum allowing colorum and out-of-line buses and trucks with green plates to operate pending processing of their papers that would allow them to operate legally.
The move, however, was disapproved by Tolentino, who insisted that the MMDA has the right to apprehend those driving colorum vehicles under Republic Act 7924, the law that created the agency.
He said crackdown on illegal public utility vehicles will greatly contribute in helping improve the flow of traffic in Metro Manila.
Tolentino was subsequently supported by Metro Manila mayors who blamed Ginez for the sudden surge of vehicles that resulted in daily gridlocks in the region.