MANILA, Philippines — The first day of what will be a three-day transportation strike was relatively peaceful, Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesman Col. Jean Fajardo said Monday.
Referring to a report from the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), Fajardo mentioned that as of 1pm on November 20, there were “no untoward incidents” involving protesters in the National Capital Region (NCR).
She also noted that they observed nearly 600 protesters from various parts of the NCR participating in the transport strike.
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Furthermore, Fajardo emphasized that transport in the region was not “paralyzed”.
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The PNP spokesperson made the statement despite the claim by the national president of the Union of National Drivers and Operators Associations (Piston), Mody Floranda, that his group’s transport strike has affected more than 85 percent of routes in the region .
Floranda also said that Piston will have a dialogue with the president of the Land Transport Regulatory and Franchising Council, Teófilo Guadiz, on Tuesday, to present his concerns.
Piston is holding a strike to protest the consolidation of traditional jeepneys as part of the jeepney modernization program.