The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has stated that there’s a plan to cancel the franchise of operators who joined the 2-day transport strike.
LTFRB spokesperson Attorney Aileen Lizada told Maki Pulido of GMA that the strike was in violation of the terms and conditions of their franchise. The term was that they should not cancel their operations if they don’t agree with a certain policy of the government.
Lizada already confirmed that several LTFRB agents have already roamed around the area and took photos of jeepneys that joined the strike.
Lizada also contradicted the claims of George San Mateo, national president of Pinagkaisang Samahan ng Tsuper at Opereytor Nationwide (PISTON), that they were able to paralyze 90% of Metro Manila and across the country. Lizada belittled the claim and said that the strike had no impact and they only had to dispatch 13 out of their 74 emergency vehicles to give aid to affected commuters. She even added that they received reports that drivers who didn’t join the strike were harassed and coerced to join.
The 2-day strike was allegedly due to the opposition of the transport group to the modernization program of the jeepneys. LTFRB was adamant to pursue the planned modern jeepneys, which was priced between P1.2 million to P1.6 million.
You can watch the video from GMA’s Balitanghali: