After six years of the government’s program to phase out jeepneys, thousands of drivers and operators are still feeling the cruel punishment.
They had no income for two months and received no aid from government. When they held a protest demanding government to allow them to earn a living, they were arrested and detained.
The transport movement argued that the old jeepneys must not be sidelined when there is an obvious increase in demand due to the reduced passengers of other PUVs for physical distancing.
Marklen Maojo Maga, 39, was arrested by policemen in plainclothes at around 8:40 a.m. after he brought his son to school. It was only in the evening that his family and lawyers confirmed that he is being held at the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group compound in Camp Crame.
The apprehensions and the stiff fines have prompted operators to temporarily sideline their jeepneys, resulting in reduced number of jeepneys plying the streets thereby creating more difficulties for commuters.
“Corporations, which are by nature expected to recover the cost of their expenses and liabilities can raise the minimum fare without a public hearing.”
“The police wanted to make a statement and terrorize the people especially those critical of government programs such as the bogus jeepney modernization.”
“We welcome and appreciate the effort of Sen. Grace Poe. That’s what we want to hear from the government.”
“Aside from unilaterally revising the law and reinterpreting it to suit one’s draconian fetishes, to label legitimate and legal people’s actions is a foreboding of worse things to come,” the NUPL said.
MANILA — Various jeepney routes in Metro Manila and major roads in the provinces nationwide were almost hundred percent clear of public utility jeepneys on October 16 and 17, during the two-day transport strike. Piston estimated the participation in the strike was 90 percent on average in targeted routes. The government said it was barely…
“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