Pineda to NLEX Corp.: ‘You don’t own highway; you only manage it’
After Pampanga truckers and haulers barricaded a portion of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) for two hours on Saturday, Governor Dennis Pineda issued a stern reminder to the NLEX Corp. that it did not “own” the highway and was only managing it.
“Gusto ko rin hong bigyan ng linaw ang NLEX. Gubyerno po ang may-ari ng daang ito. Di po kayong private company. Nagma-manage lang po kayo dyan,” the governor said.
Pineda interceded to put a stop to the standoff after haulers of Mt. Pinatubo sand and gravel barricaded nine NLEX toll gates with 150 trucks on Saturday morning, according to reports.
The barricade left motorists at a standstill that started at 6 a.m. and lasted two hours. The truckers, according to an Inquirer report, demanded that NLEX Corp. must allow more than 2,000 12 -14 wheeler trucks to pass through the NLEX.
NLEX banned the trucks due to repairs in the Candaba viaduct.
The barricade was only lifted after Pineda promised to take up the matter with the national government.
“Nakiusap po ako sa mga quarry truckers at operators na pansamantalang ihinto ang kanilang protesta laban sa NLEX Corp. at patakaran nito na bawal pumasok ang mga quarry trucks sa NLEX kahit pa willing sila na sumunod sa tamang timbang,” Pineda said.
“Apektado po ang kanilang kabuhayan, lalo na po mga drivers at pahinante. Apektado na rin po ang Build, Build, Build infrastructure program ng gobyerno,” he said.
“Sana po mamagitan ang mga national leaders natin sa pagresolba ng problemang ito,” Pineda said.
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