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GenSan Mayor Pacquiao’s humanitarian move: Colorum tricycles given extra time to get franchises

The administration of General Santos City Mayor Lorelie Pacquiao on Wednesday said that its decision to forego its campaign to apprehend colorum tricycles in the city was not influenced by her reelection bid in 2025.

In an interview with Politiko, City Administrator Franklin Gacal explained the city hall’s decision to defer its city-wide apprehension against unregistered tricycles last week was driven by “humanitarian consideration” and aimed to give them enough time to secure their franchises.

He stressed that it has nothing to do with the possible repercussions on the mayor’s plan to run for a second term next year.

“Hindi naman natakot. Pinagbigyan natin mga trikes to register. Humanitarian consideration,” Gacal said.

On March 6, the City Public Office announced that they will strictly implement the no franchise, no travel policy against those three-wheeled vehicles operating as public transportation.
Mayor Pacquiao was even hailed by netizens for her political will to resolve the decade-long transportation problem in the city.

Gacal also denied that the current administration is treating the city’s transportation problem with kid gloves for the sake of its political future.

“Di naman. We will take steps after most trikes have registered. Hanapbuhay din ang involve so we have to strike a balance,” the official said.

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