MPTC, SMC expressways toll-free on Christmas, New Year

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METRO Pacific Tollways Corp. (MPTC) and San Miguel Corp. (SMC) on Wednesday said they would waive toll fees at their expressways for Christmas and New Year.

In an e-mailed statement, SMC said it would open all its expressways for free to all motorists from 10:00 p.m. on Dec. 24 to 6:00 a.m. on Dec. 25.

SMC operates the Southern Tagalog Arterial Road, Southern Luzon Expressway, Skyway, NAIA Expressway, and Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway.

“We are doing the same from 10:00 p.m. of Dec. 31 to 6:00 a.m. of Jan. 1,” SMC President and Chief Operating Officer Ramon S. Ang said.

MPTC — which operates North Luzon Expressway, Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway, Cavite Expressway, and Cavite Laguna Expressway — said in an announcement posted on social media platforms that its roads would be toll-free from 10:00 p.m. of Dec. 24 to 6:00 a.m. of Dec. 25.

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MPTC expressways would also be toll-free from 10:00 p.m. of Dec. 31 to 6:00 a.m. of Jan. 1.

MPTC is the tollways unit of Metro Pacific Investments Corp., one of the three key Philippine units of Hong Kong-based First Pacific Co. Ltd., the others being Philex Mining Corp. and PLDT, Inc.

Hastings Holdings, Inc., a unit of PLDT Beneficial Trust Fund subsidiary MediaQuest Holdings, Inc., has a majority stake in BusinessWorld through the Philippine Star Group, which it controls. Arjay L. Balinbin

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