President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the crackdown of all drivers and operators of colorum public utility vehicles (PUV) in the country.
MANILA, Philippines — After the fatal accident in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro involving Dimple Star bus, President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the crackdown of all drivers and operators of colorum public utility vehicles (PUV) in the country.
The president made the statement during the anniversary of Supreme Tribal Council in Calinan, Davao City last Friday.
The president insisted that his order is legal and according to law.
“How will you defend the Filipino when son of a b**** you won’t move? So starting tomorrow, the police and the highway patrol will arrest and jail all the drivers and the operators,” said the president. “Why? because it is fraud. It’s cheating and that is a crime. Some of you don’t know about the reckless imprudence. Nobody is being apprehended on reckless imprudence. It would eventually be declared as an accident.”
He also warned drivers or operators who will fight back against the arresting law enforcement officers.
“And if you resist violently, listen carefully to this, if you resist violently and your resistance puts the life of the soldiers and the police in danger because you have arms, then my order to them is, ‘Shoot them. Kill them’,” said the president.
According to the chief executive, the colorum of public utility vehicles has been a long-time problem and it is the government’s fault why it hasn’t been resolved.
If there will not be enough forces to impose his orders he assigned the military to provide help.
On Monday, the Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (I-ACT) will conduct anti-colorum operations in bus terminals in Metro Manila. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue