The saga of the EDSA provincial bus ban continues as the Supreme Court has stepped in on the matter. They have required the MMDA to file a comment regarding the manner of the petitions and pleas against the bans. Moreover, the MMDA should make a statement within 10 days.
So what are the three motions in question? The three essentially say the same thing and all claim the lack of "consultations with the public regarding the issue and should have heard the sides of the owners, bus operators, and especially the passengers that will be greatly affected with the implementation of the said regulation". The suits were filed by AKO Bicol party-list group Reps. Ronald Ang and Alfredo Garbin Jr., Albay Rep. Joey Sarte Salceda and the Bayan Muna party-list.
Those who filed the motions said that a large majority of vehicles traversing EDSA are private motorists, which account for 67 percent of traffic there. Their findings are based on the daily average traffic flow along the busy thoroughfare. They also reported that, of the 367,738 vehicles that drive through EDSA daily on average, only about 3,300 of them are provincial buses. They argue that it's a much smaller than the 247,527 private motor vehicles that pass there, again, on average. On top of that, the groups are also saying that closing provincial bus terminals along EDSA is a violation of the Public Service Act.
But while all of that is going on, there is still no ruling on whether to grant the temporary restraining order or writ of preliminary injunction stopping the implementation of MMDA's Regulation No. 19-002. We will have to wait until July 5, 2019 for the MMDA's response to all of these. At the moment, the EDSA provincial bus ban dry run is not being enforced, but MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia mentioned that the MMDA will continue with the dry run once guidelines and implementing rules are sorted out, that's if the Supreme Court sides with them.