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LTFRB-11 sues terminal manager for hitting agent

January 11, 2019 - Friday 4:01 PM by Romeo Braceros

DAVAO CITY -- The Land Transportation and Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) 11 has filed five criminal cases against the president of Davao South Transport Terminal in SM Ecoland for allegedly hitting and harassing an LTFRB enforcement agent during an operation on December 21, 2018.

The LTFRB 11 sued Ram Purswani for physical injuries, grave threats, grave coercion, slander by deed, and direct assault before the City Prosecution Office.

The LTFRB 11 pressed the charges against Purswani after the latter allegedly hit, harassed, and threatened one of its enforcement personnel while in the conduct of terminal inspection and anti-colorum operations on December 21, 2018 pursuant to DOTr’s “Oplan Biyaheng Ayos: Pasko 2018” at the SMTTI terminal at SM City Davao in Ecoland, this city.

According to the complaint, Purswani hit one of the LTFRB personnel when one of the vans was about to be impounded for committing a violation.

Purswani in a television interview admitted hitting the personnel but said he did it because the LTFRB had conducted the operation without coordinating with him.

The LTFRB 11, in its complaint, said it conducted the operation in response to President Rodrigo Duterte's directive to crack down on colorum public utility vehicles (PUVs) which pose a great risk to travelers especially during the holiday season when the demand for transportation was high.

The LTFRB said transport terminal owners and operators are supposed to participate in the government’s campaign against colorum vehicles and should not act as protectors of these colorum operators.

It added that terminal owners who allow colorum vehicles to operate within their premises would be subjected to fines and penalties as stipulated in the Omnibus Franchising Guidelines.