• Party-list group files final manifestation vs. LRT-MRT fare hike at SC

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    A party-list group on Friday filed before the Supreme Court (SC) its final manifestation in connection with its petition against the fare increase at the Light Rail Transit (LRT) and Metro Rail Transit (MRT).

    LRT Line 1 traverses from Baclaran, Parañaque City to Roosevelt, Quezon City; LRT Line 2 travels from Recto Avenue, Manila to Santolan, Pasig City and MRT Line 3 runs from North Avenue, Quezon City to EDSA-Taft Avenue, Pasay City.

    The Bayan Muna Party-List urged the SC to stop and nullify the fare increase being implemented by the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) at the LRT and MRT.

    This was through the final manifestation filed by Bayan Muna party-list Reps. Neri Colmenares and Carlos Isagani Zarate, and its members Antonio Cruz, Yvonnne Luna and Carl Ala.

    According to the petitioners, DOTC Undersecretary Perpetuo Lotilla himself admitted before the Congressional hearing on Jan. 8, 2015 that the DOTC has no jurisdiction to issue the assailed DOTC Department Order No. 014-2014 imposing a fare increase at the LRT and MRT.

    Because of this, they said, the assailed DOTC order should be nullified by the SC.

    The petitioners argued that the respondents themselves also admitted that there was no actual public consultation conducted, hence, it was clear that the public was deprived of its “right to due process”.

    They further argued that the temporary restraining order (TRO) or a status quo ante order (SQAO), which they are seeking to be issued by the SC, would not impede in the repair and rehabilitation plans at the LRT and MRT.

    They added that the government has already allotted almost Php12 billion for the rehabilitation of the LRT and MRT under the 2015 national budget and 2014 supplemental budget, respectively. PNA

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