Thursday, August 14, 2014

Manila vice mayor defends truck ban

MANILA, Philippines - Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno renewed yesterday his defense of the city government’s truck ban, scored by businessmen and some officials for disrupting commerce and worsening Metro Manila’s traffic problem.

“We want to address port congestion… We get the blame for the heavy traffic on C-5 Road, when it is not within (the jurisdiction of) Manila. We get blamed for the traffic even in Katipunan,” Moreno, whose real name is Francisco Domagoso, said during a Senate hearing on port congestion.

Moreno added that what the local government merely wants is orderly process of inbound and outbound truck operations within the areas surrounding the Port Area. He said heavy traffic caused by unimpeded truck operations is a greater anathema to business.

Moreno also slammed the claim of the truckers’ group led by former Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board chief Alberto Suansing that the massive congestion at the Port of Manila was caused by the truck ban.

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