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Albay Vice Gov. Grex Lagman rages against provincial bus ban

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As a provincial official, Albay Vice Gov. Grex Lagman knows the folly of the provincial bus ban that the government plans to impose next month.

Lagman, in a Facebook post, said the ban is “cruel and unusual punishment” for travelers coming from the Bicol region.

This is because the buses they will be riding for their hours-long trip to Metro Manila would only be allowed to travel up to Sta. Rosa in Laguna.

But Lagman said the number of vehicles from Sta. Rosa going to Metro manila would still be the same number, or even more as these would include the small buses and jeepneys that would ferry the passengers from the buses.

It does not make sense if the ban is intended to alleviate traffic, he said.

“It’s also plainly stupid,” the angry politiko added.

Lagman said banning private vehicles would make more sense since the bus is the only remaining mass transit available for commuters from the province.

This problem also underscores the need for a better railway system, he further said.

But until the Bicol express returns, “dumb” plans shouldn’t make commuters from the province suffer!

“The ban on provincial buses by the LTFRB next month is a cruel and unusual punishment on commuters coming from the Bicol region.

Hanggang Sta. Rosa, Laguna na lang yung mga bus. Pero yung dami ng buses na sasakyan nila papasok ng Metro Manila galing Sta. Rosa GANUN DIN KARAMI o MAS MARAMI PA PAG MALILIIT NA BUS o MGA JEEPNEY ang mga sasakyan ng mga pasahero. Eh di wow! Ang talino nyo! 😡

Akala ko ba yung bus ban sa metro manila is to alleviate vehicular traffic along EDSA? Hindi lang pala ito cruel and unusual punishment. It’s also plainly stupid.

Gusto ninyo mabawasan ang traffic, i-ban ng MMDA ang pribadong mga sasakyan. Ang bus na lang ang natatanging “mass transit” tapos tatanggalin nyo pa?!?!

Wala kase tayong konsepto ng mass transit. At di ba natin alam na walang bansa sa buong mundo ang naging industralisado na walang matinong mass transit system katulad ng railway. Pwede ba ibalik na ang Bicol Express? At di lang rehabilitation. Complete reconstruction.

#DumbAndDumber,” Lagman posted on Facebook.