MANILA, Philippines — The Mandaluyong City Regional Trial Court has granted a 72-hour temporary restraining order (TRO) against a government policy that limits the number of Angkas riders in the ongoing motorcycle taxi pilot run.
Executive Judge Ofelia Calo signed on Monday (January 6) the TRO which restrains the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) from implementing the motor taxi pilot program’s revised guidelines which has set a 10,000 cap in Metro Manila and 3,000 riders in Metro Cebu per company imposed by the technical working group (TWG).
The court argued that all 17,000 accredited Angkas riders who were allowed to join the pilot would suffer “grave irreparable injury as they stand to lose their jobs.”
Meanwhile, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) in its social media post said it has yet to receive the official copy of the TRO.
“We will comment on the merit of said TRO issuance, as soon as the same has been duly received,” the statement reads.
“Whatever legal process we will have to go through, we, at the TWG, will always be guided by our respect and abeyance for due process of law.Our action and disposition will remain constant amid this new legal challenge,” it read further.
The TWG expressed confidence that it is on firm legal ground in its administration of the Motorcycle Taxi Service Pilot Implementation program.