President Benigno S. Aquino III admitted that bus operators who joined in Monday’s strike will face disciplinary sanction for violating the privilege to serve the riding public.
In an ambush interview Wednesday afternoon, the President said bus operators need to be reminded that the franchise issued to them by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is not a right but a privilege.
“Bus operators have an obligation to the public, which they seemingly have ignored,” said the President, noting that bus companies never approached him to air their problems.
The President pointed out that during his meeting with Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Secretary Jose De Jesus of the DOTC, MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino, and LTFRB Chairman Nelson Laluces, he tasked them to review the existing franchises of the bus companies that participated in the bus strike on Monday. - pna