June 20, 2018, 5:31 pm
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Duterte: Phase out jeepneys by Jan. 1 or I’ll destroy them

PRESIDENT Duterte yesterday gave public utility jeep operators and drivers until the end of the year to phase out and modernize their decades-old vehicles, warning that he would have them arrested and the old vehicles destroyed if they failed to comply with the government modernization program of public transport vehicles.

The President, at the Federalism Summit and oath-taking of PDP-Laban members held in Pili in Camarines Sur, said it is no longer his concern if the drivers and operators would become poorer or even go hungry as it is already the public’s health and the national interest at stake.

“Mahirap kayo, p***** i**, sige, magtiis kayo sa hirap at gutom. Wala akong pakialam. It’s the majority of the Filipino people. Huwag ninyong ipasubo ang tao. Kapag may sinabi ang gobyerno, iyan, iyan na iyan. Sabihin ninyo diktador, ay le***, sino bang may gustong mag-diktador (You’re poor? Mother whore! Then endure poverty and hunger. I do not care. It’s the majority of the people (I am concerned about). Do not let the people be damned. What the government says goes. Then you call me a dictator. Who wants to be a dictator?),” he said.

Duterte said he would never compromise the welfare of the majority.

He said the PUV modernization program should have long been implemented but it was derailed by the rallies led by militant groups like the Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (Piston) and Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) which he said are actually fronts for the Communist Party of the Philippines.

He said the 20- to 25-year-old jeepneys that are being phased out contribute to pollution and affect the health of Filipinos. He warned that a UN study showed that by 2025, the number of patients with cancer and respiratory ailments would have tripled in the Philippines.

He said the fumes and carbon dioxide emitted by the old jeeps are inhaled by the public, and that he sees the smog from vehicles and factories whenever he flies over Metro Manila.

“Kaya I’ll give you until the end of the month or until the end of the year. Sumunod kayo, because January 1, kapag may makita ako diyan mga jeep ninyo na walang rehistro, di na rehistro, luma, guguyurin ko iyan sa harap ninyo (So I’ll give you until the end of the month or until the end of the year. Comply, because by January 1, if I see your unregistered, dilapidated jeeps, I will tow and destroy them right before your eyes),” Duterte said.

The President said he is not scared of the trouble that some militants may cause or the rallies they may stage since he has a lot of policemen to deal with them.

Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella, meanwhile, said Malacañang is open to a possible dialogue with members of Piston and other militant groups to hear their concerns.

‘VERY MINIMAL EFFECT’

Aileen Lizada, board member of the Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB), said the second day of the nationwide transport strike had “very minimal effect” on the riding public.

Lizada said the protests only paralyzed 20 to 25 percent of transport routes in the cities of Angeles and San Fernando in Pampanga; 20 percent in San Pedro, Laguna; and five percent in Antipolo City, Rizal.

In Metro Manila, she placed the strike’s effect at .0058 percent since only 580 of the 10-million estimated commuters in the metropolis were stranded. 

She added that only 13 out of the 70 vehicles prepared by the government for affected commuters were used.

In a press briefing at their protest center along Aurora Boulevard in Cubao, Quezon City, Piston national president George San Mateo said the result of the two-day strike was successful since the administration cancelled classes and government work for two days.

San Mateo also claimed that the strike paralyzed 90 percent of transport routes in the National Capital Region and nearby provinces.

But Lizada said less jeepney drivers and operators participated in yesterday’s protest.

Piston and its allies are protesting the modernization of public utility vehicle (PUV), which would replace jeepneys older than 15 years with electric-powered and Euro 4-compliant vehicles that cost around P1.4 million to P1.6 million per unit.

PISTON said the program will lead to the loss of jobs of many jeepney drivers and the increase in fares.

San Mateo warned that they would stage monthly transport strikes if President Duterte won’t heed their plea to revise the modernization program.

Lizada said the LTFRB might revoke the franchises of jeepney driver-operators who joined the two-day transport strike.

She said conducting a strike as a means of protest against a government action is prohibited under the LTFRB’s Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 2011-004.

Based on the MC, operators of PUVs “shall not resort to cessation of service as a sign or demonstration of protest against any government decision or action under pain of suspension or cancellation of the authority to operate granted by the Board.”

According to Lizada, at least 21 passenger jeepneys will be issued show cause orders for participating in yesterday’s strike.

She said 16 of the PUVs have existing franchises, while five have expired franchises.

She said the LTFRB will have to decide whether to cancel or suspend the franchises of the jeepney operators who joined the strike.

Lizada also said the board is mulling another case against San Mateo for “violation of the Public Service Law” for supposedly encouraging people to join permit-less protests.

The LTFRB sued San Mateo last month also for violating the Public Service Law after his group held a transport strike that stranded thousands of passengers.

Transportation Undersecretary Thomas Orbos debunked Piston’s claim of a fare hike following the modernization of PUVs. He said fare hikes only happen when the price of gasoline goes up.

The DOTr has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) for the provision of P1.5 billion for the initial implementation of the PUV Modernization Program. 

Orbos said drivers will earn more since new jeepneys can accommodate 22 passengers while the existing jeepneys can only cater to 16 passengers. 

He said drivers will also get extra income from government since they will use the automated fare collection system for the beep cards, which are also being used in trains and buses. 

He also said drivers will spend less for gasoline consumption since the new jeepneys will use Euro 4 standards. 

“The financing package for acquisition of new units endorsed by the Department of Finance is very generous – as low as 5 percent equity, 6 percent interest rate and a repayment period as long as 7 years,” said the DOTr, adding the government will offer an P80,000 subsidy for each jeepney.  – With Angela Lopez de Leon, Evan Orias and Victor Reyes
 
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