Bus, jeep fare hike to push through as LTFRB junks petition to stop it

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The iconic jeepney, an evolution of U.S. military jeeps in World War 2, has remained largely unchanged for decades.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 30) — Bus and jeepney fares would still go up by ₱1 by November after the Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) junked Tuesday the petition to stop it.

The LTFRB said the motion for reconsideration against the fare increases for jeeps and buses filed by Arlis S. Acao, a former jeepney driver, and Rodolfo Javellana, Jr. of the United Filipino Consumers and Commuters "failed to present new issues for the Board to reconsider its earlier findings."

"It is apparent that the issues raised therein had already been passed upon by the Board in resolving the instant Petition for fare increase as the same issues were raised by Opposition Acao in his Opposition filed on 13 June 2018," the order, signed by LTFRB board members and chairman Martin Delgra, said.

The LTFRB also noted that public hearings have already been conducted and that the oppositors could have raised their concerns against the fare hike here.

According to the LTFRB, Acao and Javellana said in their petition that jeep and bus drivers "are receiving good income above the minimum wage" and that the fare increase would be "unjust" to Filipinos affected by rapid inflation.

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The LTFRB said jeepney fares in Metro Manila, Central Luzon and Southern Tagalog would hike by ₱1 to ₱10 from ₱9, while bus fares would also increase by at least ₱1 from ₱10 to ₱11 for ordinary buses in Metro Manila and ₱13 from ₱12 for airconditioned buses beginning Nov. 2.