NCR mayors stand firm as no contact apprehension policy challenged anew in SC

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 18) — Several mayors in the National Capital Region on Wednesday stood firm on the implementation of the no contact apprehension program despite another petition for a temporary restraining order before the Supreme Court.

A joint statement signed by the mayors of Valenzuela City, Parañaque City, Quezon City, Manila City, and San Juan City said the policy will stay.

“We, the undersigned Local Chief Executives, have joined together on a common stance to continue the implementation of NCAP within our respective jurisdictions and vow to continuously improve infrastructure and road conditions foreseeing the need for a safer environment for our constituents,” the mayors said.

They noted that the no contact apprehension program "never disregarded motorists’ due process since each local government unit has their respective traffic adjudication boards where motorists can contest and file protests or appeal.”

“We therefore collectively urge all relevant government agencies to stand with us in pursuing and continuously innovating this internationally-proven program for effective traffic management,” the mayors added.

Four transport groups filed a petition before the Supreme Court on Aug. 16 questioning the local ordinances of Quezon City, as well as the cities of Manila, Valenzuela, Paranaque, and Muntinlupa regarding the policy.

The Land Transportation Office earlier said it already met with city officials enforcing the system, and they agreed to review their guidelines following complaints from public utility vehicle operators.

On Wednesday, another petition was filed before the Supreme Court challenging the legality of the City of Manila’s no contact apprehension program due to what it said was its lack of due process and security.

Lawyer Juman Paa asked the High Court to declare the policy unconstitutional and also issue a TRO against it.

In his petition, Paa said that he was told by the LTO to pay a fine of P20,360 for supposed traffic violations in the city despite not receiving any notices. He later learned that the notices of violation were sent to the wrong address.

Paa further argued that the personal details of vehicle owners can be easily accessed on the city’s website due to lack of security measures.

“The continued implementation of the ordinance would definitely work injustice and cause irreparable injury to petitioner and all other motorists,” the petition read.