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Senate begins probe on PITX operations

MANILA – The Senate Committee on Public Services on Tuesday began its probe on the regulations governing the use of the Paranaque Integrated Terminal Exchange, dubbed the country's first landport.

Senator Grace Poe, who led the inquiry, questioned why in October, 300 buses were allowed to operate beyond the PITX, when a month earlier, it directed all buses UV Express and jeepneys coming from Cavitex to end operations at the terminal. 

This timeline presents "possible inconsistencies," she said. The Department of Transportation later said 195 buses, not 300, were allowed to operate beyond the PITX.

Some bus drivers and operators earlier complained of "bias" in favor of those who are exempted from using the PITX.

The "sudden changes" also allegedly caused confusion among law enforcers as to which buses should terminate at the PITX, refusal of drivers to end operations at the terminal and longer travel time for commuters, Poe said. 

Commercial and office lessees at the PITX also allegedly backed out since there were not enough buses and passengers, she said.

Poe said she wanted to shed light on the alleged falsification of LTFRB documents. The regulator's former board member, Aileen Lizada, was among the resource persons at the hearing.

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