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Anakbayan hits transport modernization program: Anti-poor, pro-big bizmen!

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Anakbayan has lambasted the government for pushing for its transport modernization program.

Anakbayan secretary general Einstein Recedes said the program which aims to eliminate old jeepneys is nothing but a “corrupt” scheme that will hurt the poor and benefit the big corporations.

“There is nothing progressive about a program that will disadvantage poor drivers and hasten the corporate takeover of the transport sector,” Recedes said.

“Duterte and Tugade’s ‘Tanggal Bulok, Tanggal Usok’ policy is a corrupt scheme to extort thousands of pesos from poor drivers in the guise of a ‘modernization’ program.

Jeepney drivers, who hardly earn P1,000 a day, may face fines of up to P5,000 for a single violation. It is a thinly veiled attempt to force old jeepneys out of the streets,” he added.

The progressive youth group leader said they stand firmly with the jeepney drivers and the commuters in protesting the jeepney phaseout and “corporatization” of public transport.

“Duterte and his cohorts in the transportation department can only expect more and bigger protests led by the youth against his anti-poor regime. The youth will again walk out of their classes on February 23 and take to the streets to fight for the democratic rights of the Filipino people and thwart Duterte’s dictatorial rule,” Recedes said.

He further criticized President Duterte saying that the latter only wanted to get rid of old jeepneys in favor of the expensive e-jeepneys that will be built by big businessmen and corporations “salivating to control the transport sector.”

“This is all part of the administration’s agenda of handing over public services to the private sector to ensure the profit of local oligarchs and foreign capitalists,” he said.

Aside from the modernization program, Recedes also chided the government for its TRAIN law citing oil price hikes and impending fare increase.

Recedes said the government is “hell-bent on privatizing public transport and robbing drivers of their livelihood and commuters of an affordable mode of transportation.”