Duterte is the real and actual imminent threat, not transport strikes
CEGP condemns today’s cancellation of classes which the government blamed to the metro-wide transport strike launched by Piston.
Today’s suspension of classes is the government’s poor and cheap attempt to drive a wedge among the Filipino people in the issue of jeepney corporatization.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque is all out in parading his pea-sized brain by indirectly but obviously referring to transport strikes as “actual and imminent threats.” It’s just that, there is no actual strike happening today.
Last March 19, Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Opereytor Nationwide (Piston) successfully launched a metro-wide transport strike to protest against President Rodrigo Duterte’s “Tanggal Bulok, Tanggal Usok” campaign and to junk the Omnibus Franchising Guidelines.
From 2018–2020, the government will phase out more than 200,000 jeepneys and will remove all single unit and individual operator franchises. They will be replaced by ownership of big businesses and corporations where the minimum cost of a vehicle will start at Php 1.6 million per unit.
Instead of a genuine transport modernization, Duterte and his capitalist cohorts are pushing this fake modernization with hopes of squeezing a monstrous amount of profit. Expensive and corporate-owned jeepneys will lead to massive profits for the new monopoly owners of public transport, pushing to the side drivers and operators, leaving them to a loss of livelihood.
It is true that the government treats basic social services as a business where they can reap billions while decisively letting millions of Filipinos drown in poverty. And while Filipinos are fighting for their legitimate demands, the state silences and kills them
Last December, Piston president George San Mateo was arrested for causing inconvenience to commuters because of the transport strike his group has been launching. The baseless charge against San Mateo solidifies Duterte’s plan to pulverize the growing and escalating dissent of the Filipino people against his anti-people programs and policies.
In reality, it is the Duterte regime who is causing a myriad of inconveniences to the Filipino people. The real imminent threat to students and the Filipino people is Duterte’s fascist and tyrannical rule.
The College Editors Guild of the Philippines expresses its strong support to transport group Piston in their fight against jeepney corporatization.