Meeting, yes, but work: Rama

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Monday, July 14, 2014


CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama yesterday asked members of the Pinagkaisang Samahan ng Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (Piston) not to fully abandon their routes tomorrow to attend the public hearing called by the City Council for the increased penalties on traffic violations.

This, after learning that 500 drivers are planning to attend the council’s regular session.

In his regular news conference yesterday, Rama said Piston should just send a representative who will air their sentiments and grievances on the implementation of Joint Administrative Order (JAO) 2014-01 of the Land Transportation Office, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, and the Department of Transportation and Communication.

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“Kung ila nang buhaton nga sila tanan, masuko sad ta. And let them be aware that if they’re going to run their concerted activity wrongly, then they better be too sure (If they all do that, I will be angry),” he said.

The mayor said it can be considered “economic sabotage” if the drivers leave their routes, particularly if it will have a heavy effect on the city’s economic activities.

If the drivers will not heed his plea, Rama said there are “parameters” that will be faced by their leader.

“While it is true that there is maximum tolerance, there is such a thing as limit of tolerance,” he added.

Case

Rama, meanwhile, urged Piston to file a case in court against JAO 2014-01, or the revised schedule of fines and penalties for violations of laws, rules and regulations governing land transportation.

This, so restraint or a stoppage order will be issued against its implementation.

“If they will have legal action, it will bring the matter to be properly discussed in a court or tribunal,” he said.

Grounds

Rama, a lawyer, believes the drivers have grounds if they will file a case against the court.

He asked if there’s a law that has served as basis for the implementation of the joint administrative order.

“Kung naa, naa bay public hearing or consultation. In that direction, we will know if it was unilaterally done or being approved without thinking,” he said.

As in his previous statements, Rama said penalties for traffic violations should not be oppressive or discriminatory but corrective.

The increased fines on traffic violations was implemented by the National Government starting last month.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 15, 2014.

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