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’SMUGGLING’ OF PASSENGERS BY DELIVERY VANS, AMBULANCE UNITS RAMPANT
By: Eleanor Valeros | Published Thursday, April 16, 2020
Provincial Board members meet today with Gov. Gwen Garcia, where they discussed reports that some drivers of delivery vans and ambulance units have been “smuggling” people through borders for a fee. (JUNJIE MENDOZA)

Reports on “smuggling of passengers” were discussed in Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia’s meeting with members of the Provincial Board today, April 16.

“Ang akong nasabtan nga duna nay hinay-hinay nga exodus, manggawas na sa Cebu City tungod aning kalit nga pagsaka sa number of positive cases. Manago sa mga delivery vans,” the governor said.

“Manakay diay ni sila og delivery vans, cargo vehicles, delivery trucks, and even ambulances kon dunay kaila sa driver; maghatod diri, inig balik sa mga lungsod dunay uban nga ikarga, nya mobayad og P200 to P500 fare,” she further said.

“Sumbong ni sa mga mayor, concerned gyud kaayo sila. Kini nahimo nga pamaagi nga maka-smuggle out sa gusto makalingkawas sa Cebu City,” she added. 

Because of this, she directed Cebu Provincial Police Office Director Roderick Mariano to have these vehicles flagged down and checked thoroughly. Only two personnel are allowed in delivery trucks – the driver and the delivery boy.

Drivers will be held liable for ferrying people. “Manubag ang driver sa smuggling kay dili man na mahimong makasakay kon wa kahibawo ang driver. Dili ta magpalusot kay masakpan ra man ta gihapon,” Garcia warned. (Eleanor Valeros)