Mon­day move­ment: About 200 PUV driv­ers to protest

Pis­ton Cebu co­or­di­na­tor says they will only hold a one-day strike even though their na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion called for two days of protest to give way to demon­stra­tions that lo­cal mil­i­tant groups have planned for Tues­day

Sun.Star Cebu - - NEWS - JUSTIN K. VESTIL / Re­porter @JKVSunS­tar

A na­tion­wide group of driv­ers and op­er­a­tors of pub­lic util­ity ve­hi­cles (PUV) in­tend to hold two days of protests next week to op­pose a plan that in­cludes driv­ing old jeep­neys off the streets.

In Cebu, how­ever, Greg Perez of PIS­TON said they’ll only hold a day of protest on Mon­day, Oct. 16, to make way for another protest by other groups on Tues­day.

Perez, co­or­di­na­tor of the Pi­nagkaisang Sama­han ng mga Tsu­per at Op­er­a­tor Na­tion­wide (PIS­TON), said that some 200 of their driv­ers have pledged to gather in “protest cen­ters” in Cebu, Lapu-Lapu, and Man­daue. It will be their third strike this year.

Mem­bers of the Pi­nagkaisang Sama­han ng mga Tsu­per at Op­er­a­tor Na­tion­wide (Pis­ton) will hold a trans­port strike on Mon­day to pro- test the gov­ern­ment’s plan to mod­ern­ize pub­lic trans­porta­tion.

But Pis­ton mem­bers in Cebu clar­i­fied that they will only hold a one-day strike, even though their na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion or­dered a two-day strike on Oct. 16 and 17. Ap- par­ently, lo­cal mil­i­tant groups will be hold­ing their own demon­stra­tion on the 17th.

Greg Perez, Pis­ton Cebu co­or­di­na­tor, told SunS­tar Cebu that they will con­duct their ac­tiv­i­ties in “protest cen­ters” in the cities of Cebu, Man­daue and Lapu-Lapu .

Perez said that close to 200 mem­bers have al­ready com­mit­ted to join the strike.

While they have no in­ten­tion of par­a­lyz­ing pub­lic trans­porta­tion, Perez said that they can­not stop other jeep­ney driv­ers who are sym­pa­thetic to their cause from par­tic­i­pat­ing.

Mon­day’s strike is the third one or­ga­nized by Pis­ton this year to protest the De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion’s pro­posed jeep­ney mod­ern­iza­tion pro­gram that seeks to phase out jeep­neys that are older than 15 years, among oth­ers.

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