Members of the Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay) on Wednesday had a heated argument with personnel of the Quezon City Hall as they protested the crackdown on colorum tricycles.
A report by GMA News’ Oscar Oida on 24 Oras shows Kadamay member Yumi Castillo quarreling with a Department of Public Order and Safety (DPOS) staff who allegedly took photos of the demonstration and, at one point, took out a knife.
“Sinita namin siya, ang gusto lang namin, burahin nga nila ‘yung mga picture, kasi una, wala silang karapatan kahit sabihin nila na nagtatrabaho sila sa city hall. Di naman sila media,” Castillo said.
“Naglabas sila ng patalim, ‘di ba? Hindi po tama ‘yun sa public. Illegal possession ‘yan, tapos naka-uniform ka,” she added.
Colonel George Arevalo of the city hall’s security department later tried to pacify the protesters.
“May problema ‘yang DPOS na sinasabi mo, pai-imbestigahan ko ‘yan. Ngayon, ganito, basta kung ano ‘yung gusto niyo, walang problema, mag-programa kayo rito,” Calvelo told them.
The group’s public demonstration came a week after sidecars of unregistered tricycles were destroyed by government personnel as part of the implementation of the Quezon City Tricycle Management Code of 2014.
Kadamay members gathered in front of the city hall on Wednesday morning to show their strong disapproval of the ordinance, which they described as “anti-poor.”
Instead of destroying sidecars, Kadamay said the LGU should assist unregistered tricycle operators in securing their franchises.
“Ito ‘yung mga taong nagsisikap din naman, pag sabihing nagsisikap na ang mga mahihirap, bakit hindi sila bigyan ng pagkakataon,” said Kadamay media officer Michael Beltran.
“Dapat maglaan ng serbisyo, at ayusin, tulungang mag-kalinga iyong LGU sa mga mamamayan, hindi iyong paparusahan na lang iyan basta-basta,” he added.
QC Mayor Herbert Bautista said in the report that there is a limit to the number of franchises the city hall could issue.
“Ang binabasehan niyan ‘yung root measure capacity, RMC, hindi basta-basta nagi-issue ng prangkisa kapag iyung RMC ay lubos na, lampas na, di ba?” Bautista told GMA News.
“For example, heto sa kalye na ‘to, apat lang na tricycle lang dapat, eh di apat na prankisa lang iyon dapat,” he added.
When asked about the use of heavy-duty construction equipment in destroying colorum tricycles’ sidecars, Bautista said the units belonged to long-time offenders.
“Iyon, mga naka-ilang ulit na ‘yun, hinuli, tapos, oh sige, pinatawad, pinagbayad lang ng multa, hinuli ulit, oh sige, pero ito, iba na,” the mayor said.
The report added that some associations of tricycle operators and drivers in QC, like that of Barangay Piñahan, supported the government’s crackdown on unregistered tricycles. —KBK, GMA News