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Isang salita lang! Bong Go convinces Tugade to let pilot run of motorcycle taxis continue

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Senator Bong Go may be a neophyte lawmaker, but he’s one of the most powerful politikos in the country.

Just how powerful? He can convince a Cabinet Secretary to let the pilot run of motorcycle taxis continue despite the termination of a technical working group’s (TWG) study that allowed their operations.

Go on Monday (January 20) said he talked to Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) chairman Martin Delgra to continue the pilot run of motorcycle taxis.

‘Yun ang pakiusap ko at irerekomenda ko kay Pangulo. Sa ngayon pumayag si Secretary [Arthur] Tugade at Chairman [Martin] Delgra,” Go told Angkas drivers who gathered in front of the Senate building after a hearing on motorcycle taxis.

The senator assured motorcycle taxi riders that they will not be apprehended starting next week despite the termination of the study by a TWG created by the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

“Kinausap ko kanina si Sec. Tugade, Chairman Delgra [na] kung puwede i-extend yung operation nila [at] ‘wag muna stop yung pilot na ginagawa nila ngayon. Pag-usapan muna nila sa TWG and not to resort to legal remedies. Medyo nagkakapikunan yung TWG at Angkas eh puwede namang pag-usapan ‘yun while waiting sa amendment ng batas,” he said.

Earlier in the day, TWG chairman and LTFRB board member Antonio Gardiola Jr. said motorcycle taxis will be considered illegal starting next week following the termination of their study.

Angkas and two other motorcyle taxi companies, Move It and JoyRide, were allowed to operate after the TWG extended the pilot run for motorcycle taxis last December. The group’s study was supposed to end in March this year.

Congress has yet to pass a law legalizing motorcycles as public utility vehicles.

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