By Noreen Jazul
San Miguel Corporation President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) Ramon Ang did not agree with the proposed reduction or suspension of toll at the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX).
In an interview with DZMM, Ang said the said proposal will not in any way address the traffic condition in SLEX.
“Ito ang tanong ko sa mga humihiling ng reduction or suspension ng toll. Kung let’s say, sige nga suspendihin natin yung toll bukas, mag babago ba yung traffic?” the San Miguel president said.
Ang added that they have already suspended the toll hike in SLEX given the current traffic situation at the expressway.
“Magaan na nga ang pakiramdam nila [ng mga motorista], kasi di na kami nag taas ng toll since 2012,” he said, adding that they were supposed to increase toll this September.
Ang also said the Toll Regulatory Board still owes San Miguel P7.6 billion.
“Ang utang sa amin ng TRB is 7.6 billion pesos as of end of September 2019. Pero di naman ako ma-kwentang tao, Eh nakita ko trapik,” he said.
Laguna Rep. Sol Aragones earlier sought for a six-month suspension of toll collection, as well as the lowering of rates at SLEX.
Aragones, chairperson of the House Committee on Tourism, filed House Resolution No. 428 to provide “relief” to motorists and commuting public inconvenienced by the monstrous traffic situation along SLEX. (With a report from Charissa Atienza)