SC orders MMDA: Answer petitions vs. provincial bus ban


The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to respond to the petitions which wants to stop the ban of provincial buses along EDSA.

The SC gave the directive after it decided during its en banc session on June 25 to consolidate all three petitions which were filed by Ako Bicol party-list Reps. Ronald Ang and Alfredo Garbin, Albay Rep. Joey Salceda, and the Makabayan bloc of the House of Representatives.

During its session, the high court issued an order telling the MMDA it has “to file their comment on the petitions within 10 days.”

In their petition, the Makabayan bloc told the SC ”the public’s right to people-oriented national transport system has been substantially and materially violated by the assailed MMDA Regulation,”

The petitioners pointed out that MMDA Act “did not grant the MMDA with police power, nor legislative power, and that all of MMDA’s functions are administrative in nature.”

“As such, it could not validly issue the assailed Regulation,” they stressed.

They added thatthe MMDA also “failed to conduct consultations with the affected public, and study options other than banning provincial buses” and, thus, also “violate equal protection rights.”