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Angkas files motion to lift TRO suspending its operations

By: December 21,2018 - 11:41 AM

A commuter uses Angkas motorcycle transport to get through Metro Manila’s heavily congested roads.
/Inquirer file photo

MANILA, Philippines — Ride-sharing company Angkas has filed before the Supreme Court (SC) an urgent motion to lift the temporary restraining order (TRO) which effectively bars them from operating.

In the motion filed last December 13, DBDOYC, Inc. that owns Angkas said the lifting would not only help the traffic problem in the metropolis but also aide riders who rely on Angkas for their livelihood.

“With the Christmas season upon us, the traffic situation in Metro Manila is bound to worsen with helpless and hapless commuters having to suffer limited options.  Worse, the scepter of jobs being lost by thousands of Angkas drivers looms large,” Angkas said in the 26-page motion.

“Private respondent most respectfully implores the Honorable Court to consider such deleterious consequences in taking a second hard look at the TRO it had issued,” it added.

Angkas noted that the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), which acted as petitioners, would not be on the losing end if the TRO is lifted.

“In contrast, it is clear that petitioners will not suffer any injury or damage if the TRO is lifted.  As the Court of last resort, it is hoped that it will not turn a blind eye to the harshness of the outcomes the TRO will lead to,” they said.

Aside from filing a motion, Angkas also complied with the SC order to comment on LTFRB’s petition.

Last December 5, the SC issued a TRO against the preliminary injunction from the Mandaluyong City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 213, which prevented the LTFRB from meddling in Angkas operations.

The Mandaluyong RTC’s decision in September 2018 allowed Angkas to operate for a while after LTFRB initially halted their business.

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