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.

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.

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