TRO vs NCAP ‘timely’ – Barbers

September 1, 2022 Ryan Ponce Pacpaco 145 views

Lower House can review controversial policy

SURIGAO del Norte Representative Robert Ace Barbers has lauded the Supreme Court’s move to issue a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the implementation of the non-contact apprehension policy (NCAP), saying this would give a chance for the House of Representatives to review alleged flaws, including the constitutionality of the program.

“The SC’s issuance of a TRO versus NCAP is laudable and timely. This would provide a chance for the members of the Lower House and all concerned stakeholders to review and study [the alleged flaws thoroughly] in the NCAP implementation,” Barbers said.

Barbers, chairman of the House Committee on Dangerous Drugs, delivered a privilege speech last month calling for a stop and review of NCAP until all issues hounding the program are resolved.

“The NCAP’s intention to discipline erring, abusive and wayward motorists is laudable and good for the public. But the excessive fines, its constitutionality, among other issues, should be resolved first,” the solon from Mindanao said.

The High Court on Tuesday issued a TRO enjoining the Land Transportation Office (LTO), Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), and Parañaque, Manila, Quezon City, Valenzuela, and San Juan to stop NCAP’s implementation.

The SC has set oral arguments on the issue on January 23 next year.