All sys­tems go for Oct. 16-17 trans­port strike vs jeep­ney mod­ern­iza­tion

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DRIV­ERS AND op­er­a­tors of public util­ity jeep­neys (PUJ) will lead a trans­port strike on Oct. 16-17 to protest the govern­ment’s plan to phase out and re­place old PUJs with elec­tronic ve­hi­cles (e-ve­hi­cles). Ge­orge San Ma­teo, na­tional pres­i­dent of the trans­port al­liance Pagkakaisa ng mga Sama­han ng Tsu­per at Operey­tor Na­tion­wide (PISTON) said it’s all sys­tems go for the planned protest ac­tion. “Tu­loy na tu­loy po ang strike,” he con­firmed to via text mes­sage. Mr. San Ma­teo la­beled the govern­ment’s trans­port mod­ern­iza­tion as “fake,” and that it will only be ad­van­ta­geous to lo­cal and for­eign cap­i­tal­ists in­volved in the e-ve­hi­cle busi­ness. Other trans­port work­ers led by na­tional la­bor cen­ter Kilu­sang Mayo Uno (KMU) are also ex­pected to join the strike, ac­cord­ing to a KMU state­ment re­leased ear­lier this week. The KMU said the govern­ment’s PUJ phase­out pro­gram would “mas­sacre” the liveli­hood of more than 600,000 driv­ers and op­er­a­tors na­tion­wide. Mr. San Ma­teo also clar­i­fied that PISTON is not among the pe­ti­tion­ers for a base fare hike of P2 and their planned strike does not in­clude a de­mand for an in­crease in public trans­port rates.

A MEM­BER of the trans­port group Stop and Go holds a protest sign de­nounc­ing the govern­ment’s trans­port mod­ern­iza­tion pro­gram dur­ing a protest ac­tion in Metro Manila last Sept. 25.

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