News in Pictures: Jeepney Drivers and Operators Oppose Series of Oil Price Hikes


Members of the Pagkakaisa ng mga Samahan ng Tsuper at Opereytor Nationwide (PISTON) renewed their call to the Big Three oil companies to stop oil price hikes during a noise barrage held in Cubao, Quezon City on Thursday.

According to George San Mateo, PISTON secretary-general, since the lifting of E.O. 839, the big 3 oil cartel had already implemented 3 successive hikes equivalent to a total of P4.50 per liter in diesel and gasoline (jeepney drivers uses an average of 30 liters of diesel per day) which effectively slashed P135 from the daily earnings of jeepney drivers, which is equivalent to four kilos of rice lost to oil companies everyday.

“If the Arroyo regime allows more oil price hikes, we would definitely end up eating nothing during Christmas,” San Mateo said. (Photo courtesy of Kilusang Mayo Uno)


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