Palace failed to stop transport groups

The Philippine government failed to stop transport groups from conducting a nationwide strike Thursday due successive petroleum price increases. This event forced the Department of Education to defer to local governments the decision to suspend classes in their respective localities on Thursday.

Edwin Lacierda said at a briefing in Malacañang “Mukhang hindi po magpapapigil… ang mga transport groups.  And so, in the alternative, we are preparing for the contingencies,” after Chairman of the Metro Manila Developer Authoriry (MMDA) Francis Tolentino Failed to convince the transport groups to cancel their strike.

George San Mateo Piston president said that transport groups wants oil companies to roll back diesel by 9pesos per liter and 10pesos in gasoline. Also the transport groups wants to scrap the 12-percent e-Vat on petroleum products to help stabilize the petroleum product prices.

Aside from Metro Manila the protest actions will also be held in the following cities in Thursday.

  • Bacolod in Negros Occidental
  • Baguio in the Cordillera Administrative Region
  • Butuan in Agusan del Sur
  • Cagayan de Oro in Misamis Oriental
  • Cebu
  • Davao
  • Dumaguete in Negros Oriental
  • General Santos in South Cotabato
  • Iloilo in Iloilo province
  • Legaspi in Albay
  • Mandaue in Cebu
  • Roxas in Capiz
  • San Pedro in Laguna
  • Santiago in Isabela

Metro Manila strike paralyzes 70% of public transport, Piston claims

MANILA, Philippines — The strike staged today by various transport groups has crippled 70 percent of the public transport in Metro Manila, militant group Piston claimed.

Piston secretary general George San Mateo estimated that 70 percent of public utility jeepney drivers in the metropolis joined the transport stoppage.

Similar strikes by Piston-allied transport organizations in different urban districts in Southern Tagalog (80 percent), Bicol (80 percent), Davao (85 percent), Cagayan de Oro (80 percent) and Iligan City (80 percent) were also successful, San Mateo added.

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Metro-wide transport strike set on Monday

MANILA, Philippines – A militant transport group on Sunday vowed to paralyze 80 percent of public transport in Metro Manila during their strike on Monday.

“We are confident of paralyzing 80 percent of public transport in the metropolis, especially with the decision of other transport groups to join us,” said George San Mateo, secretary general of the Pinag-Isang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Opereytors Nationwide (Piston).

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