RILES to SC: TRO now!

2 Feb

Commuter group Riles Laan sa Sambyanan (RILES) Network today called on the Supreme Court to heed their petition for a Temporary Restraining Order against the MRT-LRT fare hike.

In a protest action at the MRT North Avenue station, RILES Network spokesperson Sammy Malunes said that the riding public has already suffered enough from the one month implementation of the burdensome fare hike.

“We call on the Supreme Court to heed our commuters’ demand to issue a TRO against the MRT-LRT fare hike. Our belts could no longer get anymore tighter. The government and their private big business partners in the MRT and LRT have already siphoned what’s left of our meager wages” Malunes said.

The commuter group also slammed the Aquino government for seeking a 30-day extension to submit a response on the petition for a TRO calling it a delaying tactic to maximize their benefits from the fare hike.

“In the first place, if they can’t explain it, then it should not have been implemented. The Aquino government has been pushing for the fare hike since it took office. If until now they still cannot explain before the courts and the riding public their basis for the fare hike, then there must really be something dubiously illegal about it” Malunes said.

The commuter group also recalled that the government has refused to accept their challenge for a public debate on the MRT-LRT fare hike last January.

RILES Network meanwhile claimed that instead of increasing, fare in the MRT and LRT should be rolled-back as the price of oil used to generate electricity for the railway system has dramatically decreased worldwide.

“MRT and LRT fares should be rolled-back not increased. While there are no reasonable explanations for the fare hike, the significant plunge of global oil prices, on the other hand is enough reason to roll-back the MRT and LRT fares” Malunes claimed.

The commuter group warned that the riding public would not simply accept the fare hike and that they are more than willing to hold bigger protests until the MRT-LRT fare hike is junked. ###

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