By Benjie Cuaresma

MANILA — A lightning rally organized by the Central Luzon Alliance of Concerned Truck Owners (ACTO) turned chaotic on Friday, July 21, 2023, as approximately 30 trucks gathered at Anda Circle in Manila.

The rally, aimed at voicing their disapproval of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) for raising toll fees without obtaining the necessary permits from local authorities, resulted in a standstill that left thousands of commuters stranded and caused massive traffic congestion.

The truckers’ caravan occupied two lanes at Anda Circle, adjacent to Bonifacio Drive, displaying large tarpaulins condemning NLEX for implementing unreasonable toll hikes instead of prioritizing improved services.

In response to the escalating situation, members of the Manila Police District engaged in a dialogue with the truckers to listen to their grievances and attempt to find a resolution.

The unexpected gathering of trucks and subsequent demonstration took both motorists and commuters by surprise, exacerbating the already bustling traffic conditions along the route.

Authorities are working diligently to alleviate the congestion and restore normal traffic flow as quickly as possible.

This event serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of open communication and cooperation between stakeholders to address transportation-related concerns effectively. (ai/mnm)