Sunday, September 26, 2021

Colorum vehicles proliferating at SRP upon cop's go-ahead?

COLORUM vehicles, or those that operate as public transportation services without a franchise, allegedly proliferate at the South Road Properties (SRP).

Acting Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella said these vehicles ferry passengers from the Senior Citizens Park in front of City Hall to the SRP, even up to Talisay City, for a fee.

The matter was tackled during yesterday’s meeting of the Police Coordinating and Advisory Council (PCAC), which Labella heads.

“We have received complaints that there is a proliferation of colorum vehicles plying the SRP route. These are private vehicles like multicabs, accepting fares… We have to nip in the bud this irregular and illegal act because they don’t have a franchise,” he said in a news conference yesterday.

At a disadvantage

Since these vehicles don’t have a franchise, Labella said passengers will be at a disadvantage since they will not be covered by insurance in the event these vehicles figure in an accident.

Based on a report from City Traffic Operations Management operations division head Joy Tumulak, Labella said the operation of colorum vehicles at the SRP has been going on for almost a month. Tumulak is a member of PCAC.

Just last week, Labella said traffic enforcers apprehended four drivers.

A traffic enforcer who got on one said the fare is P10 per passenger.

In last week’s PCAC meeting, Labella said they would invite PO3 Gregorio Comaingking, who is a member of the Cebu City Police Office’s Mobile Patrol Group (MPG).

“His name cropped up as the one giving them (colorum vehicle operators) authority to transport and pick up passengers,” he said.

Aside from Comainking, PCAC would also invite MPG Senior Supt. Artemio Recabo, being Comainking’s superior.

Labella said no public transportation services have been allowed to ply the SRP.

However, this will change in October when at least 60 buses carrying 50 passengers per unit will ply the SRP route, in anticipation of the opening of the SM Seaside City complex.

Bus service in October

Labella was referring to the high quality public transport system that uses hybrid buses. The buses will service the SRP while the Bus Rapid Transit project in the area has not yet been implemented.

Meanwhile, Comaingking said he is willing to be investigated.

Dili man ko mahadlok kay kabaw ko wala koy gibuhat nga sayop (I’m not afraid because I know I didn’t do anything wrong),” he told Sun.Star Cebu.

Comaingking, who has been with the MPG for 15 years, said he doesn’t know why his name was dragged in the controversy.

“I have a business. Why would I do that?” the policeman said in Cebuano. He is engaged in the selling and buying of scrap materials.

Comaingking said his nephew was apprehended by traffic enforcers for driving without a license.

He said he told his nephew to stop driving the multicab and ferrying passengers from Carbon Public Market because it’s illegal.

“Even my own nephew is not exempted because that’s the law,” he said.
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