The 1-meter physical distancing in public transport will be observed until President Rodrigo Duterte decides on the policy Malacañang said, citing Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade.

1-meter distancing in public transport stays

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By Prince Golez

The 1-meter physical distancing in public transport will be observed until President Rodrigo Duterte decides on the policy Malacañang said, citing Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade.

In a Twitter post Thursday, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the 1-meter physical distancing rule between commuters will continue unless Duterte approves the proposal to reduce the physical distance between commuters.

“Sec Tugade just manifested in IATF meeting that one meter rule in public transpo remains until [Duterte] decides on the matter,” he tweeted.

On Wednesday, Roque said Duterte will decide on the matter after the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Emerging Infectious Diseases could not reach an agreement on the physical distancing guidance in public transport vehicles.

“Si Presidente na po ang magde-decide. Ang aking ulit-ulit na sinasabi nakabase po ito sa siyensa at sa mga advice ng mga doctor,” the official said in an interview with state-run PTV-4.

“Ang mga doctor iba-iba rin po ang mga pananaw. Wala pong isang opinyon pagdating dito sa pagbawas ng isang dangkal lang naman na social distancing sa pampublikong mga transportation.”

Earlier, the ITAF approved a proposal that reduces the distance between commuters to 0.75 meters from 1 meter.

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For buses’ benefit: 300K liters of fuel smuggled weekly from Bataan to NCR

By Nancy Carvajal

At least 300,000 liters of fuel is smuggled weekly from a shipyard in Mariveles, Bataan to garages of various bus companies in Metro Manila and nearby provinces, persons involved in transporting the product told the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

NBI Special Unit Action agent Melvin Escurel said individuals they have talked to claimed to be clueless about the smuggling of fuel.

“A witness said they just received instructions from ‘Jerome’ and ‘Eric’ to proceed to the Seafront Shipyard and wait for the barge that would fill up their tanker,’’ Escurel said.

Using a long hose, diesel is loaded into the tankers inside the shipyard from a barge anchored about 500 meters away from the dock.

The tankers are filled with fuel at least three times a week. They travel to the shipyard from a garage in Pasay City.

Escurel said four to five tankers deliver the fuel to the garages of various bus lines. One tanker, meanwhile, heads to Fairview, Quezon City to fill up a supposedly abandoned tanker.

Based on witnesses’ testimonies, Escurel said the fuel smuggling scheme involving the Bataan shipyard appears to be well organized.

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