MANILA -- The Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) said the imposition of new toll rates in the refurbished South Luzon Expressway (SLEx) would still be discussed next week even as it welcomed the lifting of the Supreme Court (SC) stay order last Thursday.

TRB spokesman Julius Corpuz told Sun.Star that the board will possibly meet on Wednesday to look into the decision rendered by the SC, which also upheld the legality of the contracts entered into by the government in the construction, maintenance and operation of two other tollways.

The thoroughfares are the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) and the South Metro Manila Skyway.

“We have yet to receive ta copy of the SC order. We will inform the public as soon as possible with regards to the board’s action on this latest development. At the very least, we are happy with the lifting of the temporary restraining order dated August 13,” he said.

In a 75-page decision penned by Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco Jr., the High Court unanimously voted to upheld TRB’s mandate to grant “administrative franchise” for facility improvements.

The TRB, however, could not proceed with the rate hikes pending the review of the TRB Notice of Toll Rates published last June 6. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)