The transport strike nearly emptied streets of public utility jeepneys from October 16 to 17. BUT According to the government, the strike was weakly supported OR “not felt.” But from various parts of Metro Manila to various roads and intersections in the provinces, images of clear roads almost empty of jeepneys abound.
“Our proposal details steps for the modernization and nationalization of our mass transport system. But Duterte personally rejected our request and instead told us to hold a two-month strike first, and he would give us a permit.” – Piston
“Why will jeepney operators accept indebtedness when the jeepneys they already have can be rehabilitated to fit the clean air, safety and other requirements of the government?”
It was Pres. Duterte himself who urged the drivers to go on a strike if they are indeed opposed to jeepney phaseout.
“What is not being explained fully to the public is the component of corporate takeover and imminent threat of fare hikes in the government’s so-called jeepney modernization program.”
The police arrested Noel Delos Reyes, the Barangay captain of Talibayog in Calatagan, Eduardo Penafloreda, Barangay councilor, and community leaders Senando Marco and Joseph Marasigan.
Asked when the Commission on Human Rights could join the mission to “validate” the rights violations, lawyer Carmelita Rosete of the CHR’s Field Operation Office said that depends on the schedule of their regional counterpart.
“We plan the protests to be participated in not just by transport groups but by various sectors, too, because commuters stand to pay the higher costs of this fake jeepney modernization.”
“You can come visit our lands, interact with us, do business with us, but we will resist if you encroach on our lands.”
“We oppose all tendencies toward Martial Law, toward totalitarian rule, toward tyranny, toward a decreasing democratic space.”
“The people are fed up with the killings and continuing plunder of the country’s resources.”