Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada and his Vice Mayor Isko Moreno lashed back at Quezon City Mayor Herbert “Bistek” Bautista for interfering with the affairs of the city of Manila.
Bistek earlier questioned Manila City’s decision to impose a truck ban which he branded as parochial. He believes the Manila City truck ban may adversely affect the rest of Metro Manila’s vehicular traffic.
Estrada said during a phone interview with The STAR, hat instead of meddling with his improvement projects for Manila, Bautista should just concentrate on Quezon City’s mounting garbage problem.
Isko, on his part, posted on his Facebook account his tirade against the Quezon City Mayor.
“I respect the sentiments of the Quezon City Mayor but parochial as it may seem, we are only after the welfare of the millions of Manileños who have for years suffered because of the tremendous traffic congestion that these trucks bring,” read his statement.
He also told Bautista to stop siding with the truckers.
“The good Mayor should stop lawyering for truck and bus operators and should instead lawyer for the people that elected them to office. We owe it to them,” he said.
The Manila vice mayor also advised Bautista not to pry on Manila’s traffic scheme since they don’t pry into Quezon City’s exorbitant garbage fees.
The implementation of the new truck ban is set on February 24 starting 5 a.m. up to 9 p.m.
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) echoed Bautista’s sentiments, saying the new truck ban will definitely worsen the traffic situation in Metro Manila.