Palace Rejects Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto's Plea to Lift Ban on Tricycles

Palace maintains operation of tricycles is not allowed during quarantine.

Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto's plea to exempt tricycles from the mass public transportation ban has been rejected by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease, which is managing the Luzon-wide "enhanced community quarantine" from March 17 to April 12.

"Concerned talaga ang gobyerno dito sa paggamit ng tricycle dahil hindi namin lubos na makita or maintindihan paano mag-social distancing sa tricycle," Secretary Karlo Nograles said in a press briefing on Wednesday night, March 18.

Social distancing is one of the protective measures recommended by the World Health Organization to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Individuals should maintain at least one-meter distance from each other.

Earlier that day, Sotto made a national appeal to consider the exemption of tricycles from the transportation ban, saying that many of his Pasig constituents need them to get their needed medical checkups or to get to their hospital jobs.

The city mayor writes in his Facebook post:

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"Nagdadasal din po ako na wag pigilan ng nasyonal na pamahalaan ang pag-operate ng mga TRICYCLE—dahil nakikita po natin sa ating Risk Assessment na MAS DELIKADO ang public health situation kung pagbabawalan ang lahat ng tricycle na bumiyahe sa loob ng Pasig.

"Pa'no na po ang mangyayari kung hindi makasakay ang mga HEALTH WORKERS at LIBO-LIBONG MGA PASYENTE NA NANGANGAILANGAN NG TREATMENT? Palalakarin ba talaga natin ng [limang] kilometro ang isang dialysis patient na senior citizen? ang cancer patient na bagong opera?

"Pa'no na rin po kung magkaroon ng EMERGENCY, lalo na sa mga lugar na tricycle lang ang kasya?

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But the Palace insists that Sotto "stick to common ground rules" and to find other options to address this concern, especially since other local government units are complying with the community quarantine guidelines, according to them.

"May jeep ka or may multicab ka or four-wheel vehicle, either sa iyo or makihiram ka sa constituents mo or something. Iyong ibang LGUs naman nagko-comply. Let's all stick to the common ground rules, iyon po ang pakiusap namin. Ginagawa po natin itong lahat para lahat pantay-pantay at lahat maproteksyunan," Nograles said amid the suspension of mass transportation.

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Sotto, in an earlier interview with ABS-CBN, "Pare-pareho lang po tayo ng layunin dito, we want to save lives."

Main photo by Judgefloro, Wikimedia Commons

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