ANOTHER lawmaker yesterday asked the Supreme Court to stop the implementation of Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA)’s traffic plan banning the provincial buses on EDSA.
Bayan Muna chairman Neri Colmenares and members of the House Makabayan bloc of lawmakers also urged the High Court to stop the impending relocation of provincial buses’ loading and unloading zones to Santa Rosa, Laguna for those coming from the south, and Valenzuela City for those from the north.
According to them, the MMDA exceeded its powers when it issued Regulation No. 19-002 since it was not clothed with legislative nor police powers to do the same under Republic Act No. 7924 (An Act Creating the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, Defining its Powers and Functions).
“MMDA’s failure to conduct public consultations and study options other than banning provincial buses also violates equal protection rights,” they stressed.
Earlier, AKO Bicol party-list Reps. Ronald Ang and Alfredo Garbin Jr., and Albay 2nd district Rep. Joey Salceda filed their separate petitions before the Supreme Court and assailed the agency’s traffic plan for being anti-poor which would only cause great economic disruption, inconvenience, expenses and damages to multitudes of commuters to and from as far as the Visayas and the Bicol region.
Local officials in Northern Samar headed by Mayor Don Abalon even asked MMDA to reconsider its plan as the new policy would only cause so much inconvenience and hardship, both financial and physical, to the people coming from Bicol and Visayas region since most Samarenos travel to Manila by bus and most carry large and heavy bags and luggage.