Manila, Philippines – IF you think that ordinary people are the only ones being affected by the exorbitant fees being charged by the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), think again. Even celebrities and public figures living in the southern part of Metro Manila know that their toll fee bills create a considerable dent on their monthly expenditures.
That’s why we know for sure that VIPs who live in the south (like Aga Muhlach, Charlene Gonzales, Judy Ann Santos, Ryan Agoncillo, Rhian Ramos, Ronnie Henares, Ayen Laurel, Franco Laurel, Martin Nievera, Atty. Sixto Brillantes, Sen. Bong Revilla, Cong. Lani Mercado Revilla, Ms. Chaye Cabal, Joey Marquez, Alma Moreno, F1 junior driver Marlon Stockinger, among many others) and all the residents of the South who regularly ply the SLEX route will be happy to note that Sen. Aquilino “Koko“ Pimentel III has taken the cudgels for them.
Sen. Koko Pimentel has ques tioned what he called the “unrea sonable high toll rates“ collected at the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) saying that it has unduly burdened motorists from southern Luzon and has affected the economic activities between southern Luzon and the nation’s capital. “It baffles me why SLEX is way more expensive compared to the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX),“ Pimentel explained, “I understand that SLEX toll rates are twice as expensive as that of NLEX.“ He added that this is strange because NLEX has the better roads and facilities for motorists.
According to calculations, an 88 kilometer distance at the NLEX has a toll rate of P195 while SLEX charges P192 for a mere 44.5 kilometer distance.
Pimentel has asked for a review of the existing toll rates in order to “protect the interest of the riding public and those who use the SLEX for their livelihood. This is really another form of cheating,“ Pimentel claims, “ang nadaya dito ay ang mga kababayan natin sa southern Luzon kasi ang taas ng binabayad nila, eh di hamak na mas maganda ang tollway sa north Luzon.“
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