“HUWAG natin gipitin ang pasahero natin kung ayaw ninyong masalikwat ang sasakyan ninyo.”
Thus warned Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, as he urged drivers of tri-wheeled public transport vehicles namely pedicabs, tricycles and e-trikes, against taking advantage of commuters by overcharging them.
“Mabigat sa buhay ‘yan dahil panlalamang ‘yun.. pang-iisa yun. Lahat tayo mananagot sa Diyos pagdating ng araw,” Moreno said, citing reports that hapless commuters are being charged up to P80 or P100 per head when the fare rate, as agreed with the city government, is supposed to be P20 only.
Moreno said he allowed about 19,000 tri-wheel public transport drivers to ply their route amid the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) so as to keep them earning livelihood, saying they should consider themselves lucky since jeepney drivers are not allowed to resume work yet.
“Ang mga jeepney driver nganga na naman. ‘Wag ninyo tirahin ng P80 o P100. Etneb lang. Baka isang araw kayo rin ang mawala pag sobra na panggigipit ninyo sa taong gipit na. Gaya n’yo, gusto lang din nila maghanapbuhay,” the mayor said in his appeal to the drivers of pedicabs, tricycles and e-trikes concerned.
It was learned that Moreno directed social welfare department chief Re Fugoso to find a way so that the city government was able to deliver relief items to some P5,000 jeepney drivers based in the city.
Moreno said that by overcharging the commuters by P80 when they are charged P100 instead of P20, the driver concerned has already robbed the commuter of a meal, saying a complete meal in a fastfood chain costs about P76.
“Kinuha na natin ang dapat niyang kainin tapos ipakakain natin sa anak natin. Mabigat sa buhay ‘yan. Sana ay ipakita natin ang pagmamahal sa kapwa sa panahon ng pandemya,” he added.
Moreno, in warning that abusive drivers will be acted upon accordingly, stressed that the city government is mandated to protect the general public at all times.