MANILA, Philippines - The toll body has decided to hold off the implementation of the rate hike at the key superhighways leading to Metro Manila despite the recent go-signal from the Supreme Court.
A 250% toll hike at the South Luzon Expressway (SLEx) has been put off by the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB), which decided during a board meeting Wednesday morning to seek clarification on a technical aspect of the Supreme Court's decision to lift the temporary restraining order (TRO) on the rate hike.
In an interview on ANC's Top Story, TRB spokesperson Julius Corpus said the recent Supreme Court decision did not lift the TRO sought by Albay Gov. Joey Salceda, one of the two individuals who filed a case to stop the toll hike.
The other case was filed by lawyer Ernesto Francisco.
"The two cases were consolidated, then segregated. We noticed that the case (filed by Gov. Salceda) was not included in the lifting of the TRO. The TRB will seek a clarification on the matter of the Salceda case," Corpus explained.
SLEx connects the southern provinces of Luzon to Metro Manila, the country's economic and political center.
Provinces on the northern part of Luzon link to Metro Manila mainly through the the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx), which is also linked to the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx). The latter connects different Central Luzon provinces.
The Supreme Court decision also gave a go-signal for the rate hikes at both NLEx and SCTEx.
But these, too, have been put on hold by the TRB.
"[The rate hikes at SLEx, NLEx, and SCTEx] will be subject to a public hearing very soon," Corpus said.