2nd petition filed vs Integrated Transport System-A A +A
Friday, November 1, 2013
(Corrected) A GROUP of consumers asked the Supreme Court to declare as unconstitutional the government’s Integrated Transport System supposedly aimed at decongesting Metro Manila’s busy highways.
In an 18-page petition, the Coalition of Filipino Consumers said Executive Order 67 creating the ITS and Administrative Order 40 establishing the Interim Transport Terminals were issued without public consultation.
It also assailed the collection of fees from buses, AUVs and jeepneys by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA).
"It has been held as a universal concept in taxation that the power of taxation is subject to certain limitations to avoid its arbitrary exercise. One such limitation is the observance of due process," the petition stated, calling on the SC to issue a temporary restraining order (TRO) on EO 67 and AO 40.
Jeers greeted the opening the Southwest Interim Transport Terminal in Parañaque City last August with commuters complaining of the additional time and expenses going to other parts of the metropolis due to limited entry of provincial buses from Southern Luzon.
Still, the government is constructing terminals for buses from provinces of north of Metro Manila and those entering through the South Luzon Expressway (SLEx).
Last month, two teachers from Cavite working for schools in Manila also asked the High Court to strike down the new transport system as unconstitutional, claiming that other commuters joined their plea.
A World Bank study released in 2009 showed that financial losses from traffic jams in Metro Manila is estimated at P277 million daily, or approximately $2 billion a year in terms of lost man-hours.(Sunnex)