IN PHOTOS: ‘Listen to us!’ – Piston to gov’t

Abigail Abigan
IN PHOTOS: ‘Listen to us!’ – Piston to gov’t
It's the first nationwide strike in 2018 since the modernization program started

MANILA, Philippines –  Led by transport group Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (Piston), the first nationwide transport strike began at exactly 12:01 am on Monday, March 19, in Metro Manila and in different provinces.

According to George San Mateo, president of Piston, the nationwide protest was supported by almost 65-75% of militant groups as of 11:24am. 

The group reiterated that they support the modernization or rehabilitation of public utility vehicles (PUV), but not the direct phase-out of jeepneys.

Ito pong modernisasyon ang tinututulan namin, kasi mawawalan po kami ng kabuhayan kapag pinagpatuloy nila ang pagtanggal samin sa kalsada. Ang totoo po niyan ilan beses na po kami nakipagdayalogo sa kanila, hindi naman po tayo hinaharap ng maayos, kasi nakatutok lang sila sa phase-out,” Piston vice president Ruel Obligar told Rappler.

(We condemn the modernization because we will lose our jobs. The truth is that we already had a dialogue with the authorities but they don’t talk to us properly, maybe because they’re really focus on the phase-out)

They also appealed for public support and understanding. (WATCH: Abala ba ang transport strike?)

Government vehicles were deployed for commuters that will be affected by the strike.

Below are some photos of the protest in Manila:


Piston's president George San Mateo calls for support and understanding from the public. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Gabriela Alliance members show support to drivers, operators in today's transport strike. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

QCPD placed around 20-30 police on full alert during the transport strike protest in Aurora Blvd, Cubao, Quezon City. Photo by Abigail Abigan/Rappler

A member of Piston gives handouts to fellow jeepney drivers. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Members of Piston arrived infront of Cubao Elementary School around 6:00am. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler


Local sectors, workers show support to the transport sector's call against jeepney phase out in España, Manila. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

'Jeepney Modernization - peke at pahirap!' says ALSA Jeep. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler


Workers join the transport strike protest in Caloocan. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Militant groups gather in Caloocan to show support in drivers, operators call in jeepney phaseout. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

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