Palace intervenes in truck ban row in Manila

by Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 26 2014 02:41 PM | Updated as of Feb 26 2014 11:01 PM

MANILA - The national government has stepped in and is helping find a compromise between the city government of Manila and truckers and business groups that are at odds over the city’s truck ban.

Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma said Cabinet Secretary Rene Almendras has met with concerned agencies to come up with a proposed compromise.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said concerned officials will serve as “bridge” between the opposing camps.

Metro Manila Development Authority Chair Francis Tolentino has been assigned to coordinate with Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada while Philippine Ports Authority General Manager Juan Sta. Ana has been tasked to speak with the truckers.

“Tandaan natin it was a total ban in the beginning; now there are window hours. So ipu-push pa ho natin ‘yun, kung papaano pa tayo makakahanap ng solusyon kasi pareho naman po silang well-meaning, pareho po silang may mga kanya-kanyang dahilan. And ang task po natin is to help them come up with a compromise that is acceptable to both,” Valte said.