“For months commuters have been squeezed dry by unjust MRT fare hikes even as the quality of train service has diminished or has even become hazardous.”
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RILES Network believes officials of the Aquino government involved in privatizing the MRT and LRT of hastening it to collect kickbacks in time for 2016 national elections.
Since 2011, protests have held back the planned fare hike.
“This push for a fare hike, which comes in the wake of significant increases in the prices of LPG and other petroleum products and proposals for a record-high power rate hike by Meralco, is part of the economic disaster that the Aquino government is cooking up against the majority of Filipinos,”
With planned MRT, LRT fare hike, public to ‘subsidize’ profits of private concessionaires – RILES Network
Citing financial statements culled from past public consultations with DOTC and train operators, RILES Network said the real cost of a single ride ticket, which already covers the maintenance and operation, is only P9.50 ($0.21). What the government has been “subsidizing” is the difference between the current fare and the P60 ($1.35) per passenger fare it guaranteed to private concessionaires.
MANILA — In a protest rally on various train stations all over Metro Manila this Monday, consumers group, #StrikeTheHike and progressive coalition, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan-National Capital Region (BAYAN-NCR) added another form of protest against the looming implementation of the P10 fare hikes on MRT and LRT. People opposed to train fare hikes who cannot attend…
MANILA — A network opposing fare hikes in the MRT and LRT train systems strongly criticized today the management of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) for implementing a crowd control scheme in the train’s busiest stations yesterday. The group said the scheme only worsens the plight of passengers and hardly addresses the root of the…
By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL
Renato Reyes of Bayan said the government is heavily subsidizing the MRT and LRT because of the onerous contracts and loan guarantees it entered into with foreign banks and investors as part of a public-private partnership project.
After postponing the planned increases in LRT and MRT fares because of the widespread protest over this, the Aquino government is now hell-bent on pushing through with it. Why? Because of pressure from private investors. By Flon Faurillo (Bulatlat.com)
PRESS RELEASE May 12, 2011 MANILA — “We are witnessing the full-blown revival of Kamag-Anak Inc. with the privatization of the LRT-MRT”. This was how Vencer Crisostomo, the national chairperson of the youth group Anakbayan, described the plans by the Aquino administration to privatize the LRT-1, LRT-2, and MRT-3 train systems in Metro Manila. According…
PRESS RELEASE 12 May 2011 MANILA — Labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno again slammed the Aquino government for granting a mere P22 COLA for minimum wage earners in Metro Manila and approving the proposed fare hike in the MRT and LRT train systems, saying the COLA increase will just be eaten up by the fare…