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Kontra-commuter na uli: SC issues TRO on Angkas operations

The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered motorcycle ride-hailing app Angkas to stop its operations indefinitely until further orders.

In a recent two-page notice, the SC 2nd Division issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) on the implementation of the August 20 writ of preliminary injunction (WPI) issued by the Mandaluyong City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 213 in favor of Angkas developer DBDOYC, Inc.

The TRO enjoined DBDOYC, Judge Carlos Valenzuela, and their agents from implementing the injunction which stopped the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) “from interfering, whether directly or indirectly, with [DBDOYC’s] operations.”

The SC cited the need “to prevent an injustice” against LTFRB and the Department of Transportation (DoTr), as their “regulatory powers are being pared down” by the injunction while the dispute raged.

DBDOYC was also required to file a comment, but not a motion to dismiss, within 10 days from notice, according to the order signed by en banc clerk of court Edgar Aricheta.

The case before the Mandaluyong court had not yet been resolved on its merits, but it issued the injunction to stop the government from hampering Angkas’s “pursuit of its lawful business or trade” while the issue was pending.

The LTFRB and its parent agency, Department of Transportation (DoTr), maintained that commuters should not be allowed the option to avoid traffic using motorcycle rides because it was not a public transportation option allowed by Republic Act Number 4136.

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