Protest against train fare hike set


AS the Palace stood firm on its decision to increase fares of the Light Rail Transit 1, LRT 2 and Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT 3), opposition group Bayan Muna said it will question the decision before the Supreme Court.

The group warned that it has no choice but to launch protest actions if the fare adjustment, which will take effect on January 5, is implemented.

“It just goes to show that the Aquino administration favors the profit of big businessmen rather than the interest of the people,” Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares said in a text message to The Manila Times.

“If the executive would still push through with this fare hike, then we have no choice but to launch protest actions and go to the Supreme Court to stop it,” Colmenares added.

The group earlier sought a probe in connection with the fare hike, saying they are not against development or the extension of the rail systems but against “passing government irresponsibility and corporate greed not to mention corrupt practices onto hapless commuters.”

Malacañang deputy spokesman Abigail Valte on Saturday said the fare raise is needed to improve services of the congested train lines and clarified that the government will only be reducing subsidy to the rail lines.


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