Palace taps House allies to show provinces back MRT, LRT fare hikes | Inquirer News
Close  

Palace taps House allies to show provinces back MRT, LRT fare hikes

mrt-lrt

Metro Rail and Light Rail Transit Systems. FILE PHOTOS

MANILA, Philippines – Not everyone has opposed the increase in Light Rail Transit (LRT) and Metro Rail Transit (MRT) fares, Malacañang said on Sunday.

Amid backlash from angry train commuters, the Palace banked on expressions of support from its congressional allies representing districts outside of Metro Manila where the LRT and MRT systems operate.

ADVERTISEMENT

Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. rattled off the names of such supporters, noting that they were “elected directly by our people.”

“That’s why we also have to recognize that there are also a lot of groups and sections of our population who agree to the increase in LRT and MRT fares,” he said over Radyo ng Bayan.

FEATURED STORIES

Coloma cited Representatives Ben Evardone (Eastern Samar), Rufus Rodriguez (Cagayan de Oro City), Oscar Rodriguez (Pampanga), Rodolfo Fariñas (Ilocos Norte), Eric Singson (Ilocos Sur), Cesar Sarmiento (Catanduanes), and Joaquin Chipeco (Laguna).

Malacañang earlier noted that it was unfair for taxpayers outside of Metro Manila to shoulder a portion of LRT and MRT fares even if they were not taking the trains. With the new round of increases, the government was hoping to reduce its subsidy from P12 billion to P10 billion.

Not buying the argument, groups such as the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan are set to question the increase before the Supreme Court on Monday (Jan. 5), a move Coloma said the Palace would respect.

But Coloma appealed to these groups to keep protests orderly and not to disrupt traffic.

“Our police will maintain maximum tolerance as part of their adherence to the rules of conduct and in recognition of the right to hold legitimate protests,” he said.

Coloma said the fare increases were consistent with the Philippine Development Plan, the administration’s governance road map, which has been promoting “user pay.”

This would mean that LRT and MRT commuters would pay for the bigger portion of the fare because they have been the ones “directly benefiting” from these train systems, he said.

“The adjustments simply put to order fare collection and the resources used to continue improving the service,” he said.

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Ben Evardone, Cagayan de Oro City, Catanduanes, Cesar Sarmiento, Eastern Samar, Eric Singson, executive department, Fare hike, Herminio Coloma, House of Representatives, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Joaquin Chipeco, Laguna, land transportation, Light Railway Transit, LRT, Malacañang, Metro Rail Transit, MRT, News, Office of the President, Oscar Rodriguez, Pampanga, Philippine Congress, Politics, public transportation, Rodolfo Fariñas, Rufus Rodriguez
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

News that matters

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and
acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.



© Copyright 1997-2022 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.