BACK ON THE ROAD / Traditional jeepneys ply their route along Philcoa on Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City, on Tuesday, March 7, 2023, on the second day of strike by some transportation groups. (INQUIRER file photo / GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE)

MANILA, Philippines – The Manibela transport group will join the Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper transport strike at Operators Nationwide (Piston).

Manibela president Mar Valbuena said on Monday that he sent members to three transport strike centers of Piston, located in Monumento in Caloocan City, San Andres Bukid in Manila and Marikina City to join the protest.

“We have already declared that we will also go on strike, but there are no details yet. Maybe we will have a press conference at the University of the Philippines (UP) [tungkol sa transport strike],” he told via phone interview.

(We have already declared that we will also go on strike, but there are no details yet. Tomorrow we may have a press conference in UP about the transport strike.)

Piston’s three-day transport strike began on Monday.

It seeks to denounce the approaching deadline for the consolidation of traditional public utility jeepneys, December 31st, defined by the Regulatory, Land Transport and Franchising Council.

Valbuena noted that Manibela and Piston originally planned to carry out a transport strike together.

“We are really together [Manibela] planned [ng strike] said Piston. It turns out they have an internal schedule that they follow. We followed what the plan is,” he recalled.

(Piston and Manibela planned an attack together. It turns out they had an internal schedule that they followed. We stuck to the plan.)

The two transport groups may also hold a demonstration in Mendiola, according to Valbuena.

“Maybe we will have a protest in Mendiola. I don’t know yet… Maybe Piston and I will end up together,” he said.

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(Maybe we’ll hold a protest in Mendiola. I don’t know yet. Maybe we can join Piston.)


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