‘Kuliglig drivers deserve a merry Christmas, too,’ solon says

A MILITANT congressman yesterday urged Manila City Mayor Alfredo Lim to withdraw Executive Order No. 16, which the lawmaker practically said prevented “kuliglig” drivers from earning a living.

The “kuliglig” is a makeshift tricycle or a pedicab with a small engine transporting passengers in Manila’s small streets.

“Kuliglig drivers also deserve to earn a decent livelihood considering that the government failed to provide our people employment and our riding public sufficient, accessible and affordable transportation,” Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares said.

The lawmaker added: “Moreover, the ban comes at the worst time, just before Christmas. Our kuliglig drivers deserve to have a merry Christmas too, so the least Mayor Lim can do is just cancel the EO all together.”

Colmenares described the city ordinance as “patently anti-poor and would further mire more Manileños into poverty.”

“Now if the point of the Manila City Hall is to regulate the kuliglig drivers then that can easily be settled by registering the vehicles to the Land Transportation Office (LTO),” he said.

The militant lawmaker added: “The main thing here is that they do not have to phase out the only source of income of these drivers. It is a good thing that they are earning an honest living, the city hall should therefore not push them to destitution.”

He also said that “Mayor Lim should have a heart and hear the plea of his constituents because all they are doing is try to feed their families with the only means they know or available to them.”

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