'Economic disruption': Solon questions provincial bus ban before SC

Mike Navallo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 27 2019 05:17 PM

MANILA – A lawmaker asked the Supreme Court to issue a temporary restraining order against a ban on bus terminals along the capital's main thoroughfare, saying it would cause "economic disruption."

Albay Rep. Joey Salceda said residents of his district who shuttle between Metro Manila and the province by bus would be affected by the ban.

The ban on EDSA, spearheaded by the Metro Manila Development Authority, caused "so much inconvenience and added economic cost to the provincial commuters, mostly composed of poor travelers," Salceda said.

“Why pick on our probinsyanos to solve Metro Manila traffic?,” he said.

Salceda said 3,300 provincial buses pass through EDSA daily compared to 12,000 city buses and more than 247,000 private vehicles, based on 2017 estimates from the MMDA.

The MMDA and the Metro Manila Council does not have police or legislative powers to impose the ban, Salceda said.

He cited a Supreme Court decision that limited the MMDA’s role to that of a “development authority,” for laying down policies and coordination with national government agencies, NGOs and the private sector.