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Albay rep asks SC to stop MMDA’s ban on provincial buses

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Albay 2nd District Representative Joey Salceda has asked the Supreme Court (SC) on Monday (May 27) to stop the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) from banning provincial buses along EDSA.

In his 12-page petition, Salceda sought the issuance of a temporary restraining order (TRO) or a writ of preliminary injunction which would direct the MMDA desist from implementing and enforcing MMDA Regulation No. 19-002, Series of 2019 which prohibits or revokes the issuance of permits to all bus terminals and operators along EDSA.

“The said MMDA issuance will result in the closure of provincial bus terminals located along EDSA and force thousands of commuters from the provinces to disembark in a designated terminals outside Metro Manila as endpoint resulting in so much inconvenience and added economic cost to the provincial commuters, mostly composed of poor travelers,” read his petition.

Salceda raised, among others, that Republic Act 7924 which created the MMDA “does not give MMDA police power much less legislative power.”

“In issuing the MMDA Regulation prohibiting and revoking permits to all Affected PUB terminals along EDSA is already encroaching into the realm of legislative body and not performing an administrative function which is the limits of its authority under R.A. No. 7924,” he said.

“Further, the issuance of the MMDA Regulation is violative of the Affected PUB’s (public utility buses) existing franchises duly issued by the LTFRB and the existing lease agreements between the operators of the Affected PUBs and their terminal owners,” he added.

The MMDA is set to implement the ban June 1 which is intended to solve the traffic problems in Metro Manila.

So-called “super terminals” will be opened in Santa Rosa, Laguna and in Valenzuela, Bulacan for vehicles servicing South-bound and North-bound commuters, respectively.