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‘Di susuko! Nationwide protest vs old jeepney phaseout set on Feb. 19

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Jeepney operators are not backing down from their fight against the government’s transport modernization program.

Piston president George San Mateo said various transport groups would be staging a nationwide rally in Manila and other major cities in the country on Feb. 19 to denounce the “Tanggal Bulok, Tanggal Usok” campaign.

San Mateo said the rally was not meant to paralyze jeepney routes since it will only be held at Mendiola in Manila.

“The biggest paralyzer is

I-ACT (Inter-Agency Council on Traffic which is conducting the campaign). We are expecting that those who will join the rallies have already stopped plying their routes,” he said.

He noted that jeepney routes would only be affected if the event leads to pockets of protests in other areas in the metro.

According to San Mateo, transport groups are also organizing similar rallies in Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Bicol, Davao, Cagayan de Oro and Baguio.

The government’s campaign against dilapidated and smoke-belching jeepneys drew heavy criticism last week after it targeted jeepneys plying the routes on the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman campus, leaving students and teachers stranded.

Transport groups lambasted the government saying that they were merely fighting for their “livelihood” adding that the program would only benefit “greedy oligarchs” and foreign big automotive corporations who would sell the electric-powered jeepneys.