Commuters swell the streets of Rizal Avenue following the opening of Pistahan sa Puerto Princesa 2019. (Photo by Frederick Kim Dagot)

Facebook netizens have expressed outrage by the city’s lack of transportation at night time as an aftermath of the Pistahan sa Puerto Princesa 2019.

The Puerto Princesa City local government unit (LGU) on Sunday held its annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony at the Puerto Princesa Baywalk, kicking off the holiday festivities in the city.

The program ended late which resulted in the lack of transportation for the commuters prompting an online outcry calling on the local government to look into transportation issues.

A certain Facebook user expressed disappointment citing the advantages taken by some “abusive” drivers who asked nearly double the regular fare.

“Sana mabigyang pansin ng city natin na need ng mga pampasaherong sasakyan sa gabi. Kawawa naman sila ang dami nilang nag-aabang pero wala na halos dumadaan na sasakyan,” the post said.

Earlier this year, the City Council sought to impose “strict” policies particularly on drivers stressing out the LGU is “listening to the public and their demand”. However, the proposal was forestalled following former city councilor Bong Amurao’s failed re-election bid attributed to the same issue being “twisted and used by his political rivals”.

The City Traffic Management Office (CTMO) has yet to issue a statement as the concern raised is still being verified.

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