MANILA — The Land Transportation Office (LTO) will not be suspending its “no plate, no travel policy.”
LTO chief Alfonso Tan said that they do not have the authority to suspend it because it is already a law.
“We have no authority to suspend the law,” Tan said in an interview for the Philippine Star.
LTO made the announcement despite Sen. Allan Peter Cayetano’s threat that the Congress would allocate “zero budget” in their agency because of the said order.
Cayetano called on the LTO to suspend the controversial policy for 30 days to allow motorists to register.
“LTO loses nothing if it suspends the policy for 30 days while plate supply is replenished and the registration system fine-tuned,” he said in Filipino.
Tan, meanwhile, said that they respect the sentiment of the lawmakers who recently reacted in the policy.
“That’s their prerogative. We just try to work with what we have,” he said.
He also added that the department is not afraid to get a zero budget for 2016 adding that “it’s [the] public that will be affected.”