QC COURT JUNKS PETITION AGAINST THE ENFORCEMENT OF LTFRB GUIDELINES ON PUV OPERATIONS AMID GCQ
The Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 219 on Monday dismissed a petition for an injunction asking that the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) be restrained from implementing Memorandum Circular No. 2020-019 which sets the rules on the resumption of limited public transportation in Metro Manila under a general community quarantine (GCQ).
The petition for the issuance of a preliminary injunction and a temporary restraining order filed on 5 June 2020 by Ariel Inton, the former head of the Quezon City Task Force for Transport and Traffic Management and founder of the Lawyers for Commuters Safety and Protection, was ordered dismissed by Presiding Judge Janet Abergos-Samar in a 17-page decision.
In her decision, Judge Abergos-Samar ruled that Inton’s petition should be dismissed on the ground that he is not a real party in interest and that he had failed to state a cause of action.
The LTFRB implemented MC 2020-019 when the NCR was placed under GCQ on 1 June 2020, and the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) allowed the resumption of limited public transportation compliance to the rules.