STAY AT HOME: Officers stop public transportations in NCR


MANILA — Public transportations such as buses, taxis, UV Express, etc, in Metro Manila, were asked on Tuesday morning to stop operation as the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine started.

Officers from the Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group made buses and taxis fall in line on EDSA both northbound and southbound near Camp Aguinaldo and Camp Crame, as seen in this video taken by GMA News’ Darlene Cay.

Most of the drivers said they came from overnight duty and were unaware that public transportation has been suspended.

Others claimed they were not informed by their operators.

The drivers said they have no earnings yet for the day.

In Cubao, some commuters were seen appealing to private motorists to give them a ride.

In Manila at the corner of Blumentritt Road and España Avenue, a police officer was seen stopping a UV Express van and asking passengers to alight and go home instead.

Even tricycles were not spared. At a checkpoint on Bonifacio Drive in Manila, cops ferrying a passenger stopped a tricycle, according to a report by Isa Umali on Dobol B sa News TV aired on GMA News TV.

Luzon has been placed under enhanced community quarantine starting 12 a.m. on March 17 as part of efforts to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.

Read: International flights leaving Luzon will stop starting March 20

Among the measures taken is the suspension of public transportation to keep residents at home.

Source: GMA News
Photo: Danny Pata

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