President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered a nationwide crackdown against unregistered or colorum public utility vehicles (PUV) after a tragic bus accident which took the lives of 19 people in Occidental Mindoro occurred just recently.
Duterte issued the statementduring the 16th founding anniversary of the Supreme Tribal Council for Peace and Development Inc where he also revealed that he instructed the police and transport officials to arrest and conduct drug tests as well as to impound their vehicles.
“I had a meeting with the Highway Patrol and the chief of police there. I told them to apprehend all the colorum drivers and operators in the Philippines,” Duterte said.
According to the president, the arrest of the colorum (PUV) drivers and operators is just because they are not obeying laws and regulations.
Duterte also acknowledges lapses from the government’s part, saying that it is time to put more efforts in its responsibility of protecting the people.
“I’ll say that it’s time that we give the people in cities a food government and a government that accepts responsibility,” he said. “The deaths for accidents should stop. My heart bled for the victims.”