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Fejodap’s Maranan cries out over prevalence of kotong cops in metro

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A transport leader cried out Wednesday over the continuous presence of kotong cops in Metro Manila.

Federation of Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association of the Philippines (Fejodap) leader Zenaida Maranan aired this sentiment during the first hearing of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on their petition for a P2 increase in minimum jeepney fare.

Maranan said one of the reasons why they are asking for the increase is due to rampant extortion of Manila cops.

“Bago po namin ginawa ang pag file sila (mga driver) mismo lumapit na nahihirapan kami at wala na halos naiiwan sa pamilya halos P200 nalang naiuuwi ng maliliit na ruta, wala pa dyan ang kotong na hindi iniintindi ng PNP (Philippine National Police),” she said.

Transport agency’s board member Aileen Lizada recognized Maranan’s sentiment asking her to provide them with list of routes where cops extort money from motorists.

Maranan replied: “Dalang dala na kami kapag nalaman nila na tinuro sila, kami ang lagot.”

Aside from kotong cops, transport groups likewise cited the increase in prices of spare parts and gasoline as reasons why the LTFRB should grant the fare hike.

The LTFRB, meanwhile, reset the hearing to October 24 after the petitioners failed to provide documents to substantiate their request for a fare hike.

Transport groups are asking for an increase to P10 from the current P8 base fare for jeepeneys for the first four kilometers in the National Capital Region (NCR), and Regions III and IV.