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Cease-Desist order vs. 3 bus firms.

Manila, Philippines - Thorough investigation on the background of the bus unit reported by MalacaAaAaAeA~ang Spokesperson Secretary Edwin Lacier last week resulted in the issuance of a cease and desist order by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board to three bus companies yesterday.

The order was directed to BCB Transport Inc, Worthy Transport Inc. and CEMTRANS Services Inc. involving 29 bus units.

According to LTFRB Chairman Winston Ginez, the Certificate of Public Convenience for the said buses are in effect and authorities will confiscate the yellow plates of the involved bus units on Jan. 30.

Ginez said the board's decision to ground the buses was based on the evaluation and review of the franchise record of bus unit with plate number UYA-994. It was discovered that BCB Transport is the registered operator under case 2003-0464.

However, the same bus unit is operated by Worthy Transport without the approval of LTFRB.

Based on the report of LTFRB's Technical Evaluation Division, there was no application filed by BCB Transport regarding the sale and transfer of the said franchise and its authorized units.

He added that seven of the 29 bus units are discovered to be registered under BCB Transport, Inc. but are being operated by CEMTRANS Services. The revelation prompted the board to issue the same cease and desist order.

"It's not just one but there are several other units with the same situation. Also, if such a document was given, it should indicate whether it was sold and transferred to either Worthy Transport or CEMTRANS. Kaso wala e." Ginez said.

Pursuant to Executive Order 202, Sec 5 (b), LTFRB is empowered to issue, amend, revise, suspend or cancel Certificates of Public Convenience or permits, if bus operators are found violating rules and regulations as stipulated in their CPCs.

The LTFRB has ordered the three bus companies to submit a show cause five days upon receiving the cease and desist order.

Operators/owners or representatives of the said companies should also appear before the Board En Banc at the public hearing of the case on February 4, 2014

Lacierda, in a tweet, informed the LTFRB that the bus which he and his family encountered while traversing EDSA, was weaving in and out of the highway like a motorcycle and almost got them into an accident.

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Date:Jan 27, 2014
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