ARMM to address mulcting activities on cargo trucks, vans in Maguindanao PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 12 January 2014 14:12

Local traders here have complained of mulcting activities of traffic law enforcers in Maguidanao after cargo trucks carrying goods from Davao City were barred from entering the city due to dilapidated Quirino Bridge.

The Metro Cotabato Chamber of Commerce and Industry complained to regional Gov. Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) about mulcting activities in Maguindanao highways when cargo trucks and vans from Davao City and Bukidnon use the North Cotabato-Maguindanao-Cotabato City highway as alternative route.

Quirino Bridge, built by Americans in 1959, had been showing deterioration forcing public works and highways officials to limit the tonnage of vehicles passing through in going to the city proper.

Only vehicles with 2.5 total weight were allowed to pass through the bridge while construction of alternate road leading to the newly constructed alternate bridge was still in progress.

Informed of their predicament, Hataman directed the Philippine National Police and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG-ARMM) to arrest highway mulcters that prey on cargo trucks.

“If the mulcting activities continue, the consumers will end up the losers as traders will be forced to pass on the amount to buyers,” a trader told reporters.

Hataman vowed to punish the highway “robber” because “they are destroying the image of our region.”