HEEDING the complaints of drivers of three-wheeled public utility vehicles such as pedicabs, e-trikes and tricycles, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno yesterday asked the Manila City Council headed by Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna to pass an ordinance abolishing the Manila Tricycle Regulatory Office (MTRO).
Speaking at yesterday’s flag-raising ceremony held at the Bonifacio Shrine, Moreno expressed dismay that he had been receiving complaints about continuing extortion actitivites by some MTRO employees victimizing drivers.
‘Nasanay sa piso-piso, P100 kada linggo kaya naman ang mga driver ng sidecar, walang disiplina. Malakas ang loob kasi naglalagay nga,’ Moreno stressed.
In this light, Moreno sought the help of the City Council to create an ordinance or pass a new law abolishing the MTRO ‘nang sa ganun ay wala nang pagmamalaki sa akin na protektado sila ng civil service.’
Moreno said he immediately acted on the complaints since as a former pedicab driver himself, he knows the difficulties that such job entails and how hard it is to earn P100 a day.
‘Ngayon, pinakinggan ko kayo kaya sana ako naman ang makikiusap. Hindi ko kayo ipinagbabawal. Ang hinihingi ko lang, konting disiplina,’ Moreno said, in reference to drivers of pedicabs, tricycles and e-trikes.
Since the extortion activities done during the past administration are still ongoing, Moreno said the tri-wheel drivers feel that they ‘own’ the roads.
‘May mga taong gobyerno na ginagamit ang kahinaan ng maliliit. Pag pinatulan nyo ang pera sa lupa, wala na kayong pinag-iba sa dati. Hindi pwede na nagpalit lang ng mayor pero ang maling sistema andiyan pa rin. Akala ata nila joke ang bilin ko,’ an irate Moreno stressed.
According to Moreno, the good employes in the MTRO will be absorbed by the Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau (MTPB) under Dennis Viaje while those involved in extortion will be kicked out.